2013 Houston Texans: Injuries hampered RBs

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Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) rushes during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. The Colts defeated the Texans 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Leading the Texans in rushing this past year was Ben Tate, who split time with Foster, and once Foster was on the IR he took over a majority of the running back duties for the rest of the season.

For most of the season, Tate played with four broken ribs, missing the final two games of the regular season when he suffered his fifth broken rib.

Tate finished the season with 771 yards and four touchdowns on 181 carries. He had three carries of 20-plus yards with his longest rush being 60 yards.

The toughest player on the Texans roster, in my opinion last season, Tate is all but gone from the Texans for next season. He’s a free agent and will get some nice offers from other teams, offers the Texans won’t or can’t match.

I believe it will be a mistake for the Texans to let Tate walk, but I’m not in charge of the decision making for the team.

What I ask is this … Who are the Texans going to have on the roster next season who will give the effort and have the same results as Tate did last year? The returning stater might not even be 100 percent at the start of next season.

The Texans have a problem at RB as the offseason continues if anyone wants to admit it or not.

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