Ben Tate has a strained hamstring, an injury picked up in Sunday's statement win over the Baltimore Ravens.
The Texans can probably be excused for having one eye on New Orleans in February and should the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC not go through Houston, then it's safe to assume that something calamitous would have taken place between now and Week 17.
Tate sustained the injury during the fourth quarter on Sunday and, per Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle, coach Gary Kubiak cited it as the team's "biggest injury concern" as they enter Week 8. However, that concern can be tempered by the fact that Week 8 just happens to be the Texans' bye week.
Tate has gained 178 yards on 43 carries this season, an average of 4.1 yards per carry and two of those carries have resulted in touchdowns. Perhaps surprisingly, that average YPC betters Arian Foster's 3.9 YPC, the senior partner in Houston's ground attack.
It remains to be seen exactly how long Tate is out for, if at all, but if it's big enough to concern Kubiak as much as it does, it's worth reporting. Should Tate not suit up in Week 9 at home to Buffalo, former Seahawk Justin Forsett will spell Foster.
The Texans enjoyed rotten luck with injuries last season. If these matters even themselves out over time, Tate won't be out very long.
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