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Houston Texans Place Ben Tate On IR; Sign Jonathan Grimes


It sounds like Ben Tate has finally taken his last snap as a Texans player. According to Josina Anderson the Texans will place Ben Tate on Injured Reserve.

Ben Tate finishes the 2013 season with 181 rushes for 771 yards (4.3 ypc) and 4 touchdowns. Tate also added 34 receptions for 140 yards.

Tate was originally injured when he took a hit from Dontari Poe earlier this season against the Kansas City Chiefs. The hit led to four cracked ribs all on the same side of the body, and he had to end his season after re-injuring one of his ribs this past week against the Indianapolis Colts.

Tate fought his way throughout the season, never missing one game due to his injury. He had just three games where he rushed for over 80 yards, including a 102-yard 3-touchdown performance against the New England Patriots. Tate did have a fumbling problem this season, putting the ball on the turf four times, with two of them being recovered by the defense.

Now on Injured Reserve, it’s likely we never see Tate in a Texans uniform again. Tate is a free agent after this season and will likely look for a starting gig around the NFL. With the Texans capable of manufacturing running backs at ease, it’s unlikely they would be willing to pay him the money just to be the “change of pace” running back behind Foster.

The Texans signed Jonathan Grimes to replace Tate. This is Grimes’ third time with the Texans since being signed by Houston as an undrafted free agent in 2012. The Texans will start Dennis Johnson against the Denver Broncos, with Deji Karim and Grimes behind him.

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