Houston Texans back-up running back Ben Tate will play Sunday despite dealing with four broken ribs, while starting back Arian Foster is expected to be a game-time decision.
Tate’s carries should be limited due to his injury, but still may have to carry more of a workload if Foster is unable to suit up. Foster had been playing well as of late, but was forced to leave their Week 7 contest with the Chiefs after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Foster has had a solid season thus far, going for 542 yards, and is on pace to break 1,200, but his injuries could prevent him from keeping up his high level of play. Primary back-up Ben Tate has been shaken up recently as well, breaking 4 ribs in the process, but is still being cleared to play Sunday. Tate has proven his ability to provide a spark, racking up 318 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown serving as the second string tailback.
The Texans would be fine with having Tate as the primary rusher if healthy, but even he is experiencing injury issues, making the backfield situation even more of a mess heading into Sunday’s contest with Kansas City. Foster’s status for Sunday is still yet to be determined, and coach Gary Kubiak has not hinted at whether he will play or not.
Since the game is Sunday night, it may be best to find a replacement for this week to keep it safe. However if given the start, consider Foster a middle of the pack RB1 against the Chiefs.