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Texans messed up: Slaton, Daniels, Tate
Posted May. 17 at 08:24 PM
It's far better to be hurting in May than in September. Because of that, it's not necessarily a huge deal that several players Houston needs to get healthy for the season are banged up. Still, before selecting them in a draft, it'll be good to see Steve Slaton, Owen Daniels, and now rookie Ben Tate on the field.
The team's website updates the status of the key offensive players right here. Slaton is coming off neck surgery and not yet cleared for contact. Daniels is coming off a torn ACL and doesn't expect to practice before training camp, though he's rehabbing now.
Tate, the second-rounder who's drawing a lot of attention among fantasy owners and been mentioned by various talking heads as an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate since being drafted, has a hamstring injury. Not a big deal -- again, it's May -- but he is missing out on time to get some work in and pick up the offense.
"He had a problem with his hamstring Friday back home," says Gary Kubiak. "We're not comfortable with just turning him loose, so we'll evaluate him for a couple of days and go from there. He's going to miss a little time."
The Slaton and Daniels injury situations aren't news, but it's a reminder that these players carry some risk entering the season. As for Tate, well, it's a reminder that last year's late-season performer at running back, Arian Foster, has value. Tate won't be just handed the job, especially until he's on the field to compete for it.
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