Houston Texans running back Ben Tate’s 2013 season has come to an end, following a Week 15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Tate had been playing through sore ribs for the better half of the season after breaking four during Week 7.
The 25 year old back didn’t want, and didn’t let, the injury keep him off the field for several weeks, but he finally conceded to the injured reserve after re-aggravating the injury. Tate was actually off to a good start in the game, rushing for 62 yards on 12 carries in the first half, but only added 10 more yards in the 2nd half for a not-s0-grand total of 72 yards on 16 carries.
Tate finishes the season with 771 yards on 181 carries (4.3 yards per carry), 34 catches for 140 yards receiving and a total of 4 touchdowns.
This truncated and disappointing season for Tate in Houston may also prove to be his last game in a Texans uniform. The 4th year veteran out of Auburn University is entering his first NFL free agency since being drafted by the Texans in the 2nd round in 2010.
Tate has seen some ups and downs during his NFL career; only rushing for 279 yards in 11 games last year, but had a more solid season in 2011 when he rushed for 942 yards. The Texans will undoubtedly shake things up next year as they find themselves with an embarrassing record of 2-12, the worst in the NFL. Only time will tell what will happen with the Texans heading into next season, but you can at least close the book on Ben Tate in 2013.