Texans place Ben Tate on Injured Reserve

Texans place Ben Tate on Injured Reserve
December 18, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Ben Tate's season is over.

The running back, who has played the last seven games with four fractured ribs, has been placed on the Injured Reserve. Interim coach Wade Phillips said Tate fractured another rib but Tate tweeted that he just re-injured one that hadn't fully healed yet.

"I said it all along, I really thought he was a tough son-of-a-gun," Phillips said. "A lot of guys won't get shot up for anything. A cracked rib is a problem but it isn't something that can be too serious for overall health but once you get multiple times, it was time to sit him down."

Tate finished the season with 771 yards on 181 carries with four touchdowns. He took over as the starting running back after Arian Foster's season ended when he needed back surgery.

This season was Tate's most productive since 2011, when he ran 175 times for 942 yards.

Sunday against the Colts might have been Tate's last game in a Texans' uniform. This is his last year under contract in Houston.

Filling Tate's spot on the roster is running back Jonathan Grimes. Grimes spent some time with the Texans last season.

Dennis Johnson, an undrafted free agent who didn't make the team out of training camp, will be the starter.