Foster, Tate expect to play vs. Colts

Foster, Tate expect to play vs. Colts
October 28, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he is “very concerned” about the team's running back situation.

But Foster (hamstring) and Tate (ribs) aren’t overly concerned after missing practice Monday. Both backs said they expect to play on Sunday against the Colts.

“Yeah, opened up pretty good today,” said Foster, who didn’t practice but worked on the side Monday, “so I expect to practice this week and push towards playing.”

Foster left the Texans’ last game in the first half after hurting his hamstring and wasn’t able to return. It was the same hamstring that landed him on the injury report the week leading up to the game. He said coming out of the game was more of a precaution. He added that his recovery is coming along well.

Tate cracked four ribs in the loss to Kansas City. He’s still feeling the pain from that injury but also plans to play against the Colts on Sunday night.

“I’m dealing with them pretty well right now,” he said. “Every day they get better and better so I think by Sunday, I’ll be fine.”

What’s it like to play with cracked ribs?

“It hurts. It hurts a lot,” Tate said. “But you’re trying to show your teammates that you’re putting it all out on the line for them. The game was important to us and it was important to me and I wanted to do whatever I could to help the team win and if I wasn’t out there then I felt like it would put the team in a worse situation then they already was.”

The injury is a painful one but Tate said he can play through the pain as long as the team gives him something for it. He will wear some sort of protection over his ribs if he’s able to play on Sunday.

“I think they’re both going to give us everything they can to try to play this weekend,” Kubiak said.

Three of the five players the Texans signed to the 53-man roster on Monday are running backs: Deji Karim, Dennis Johnson and Ray Graham.

“Two of them couldn’t play right now,” Kubiak said when asked about keeping five running backs on the roster. “Somebody’s gotta play.”