The Skinny: Houston Texans RB Ben Tate has been nursing four broken ribs for weeks now, managing his pain levels with rest throughout the week in an effort to be as healthy as possible heading into every week’s games. Tate did not participate in the team’s walk through on Monday, but was able to put in limited work on Tuesday and Wednesday, which has been customary for Tate the last couple weeks. Tate is officially listed as probable.
The Injury: At this point in time, the severity of his pain should have gone down considerably and he should be moving around much better now that he’s had a chance to heal. Tate hasn’t looked gun-shy or limited in weeks, with last week being his best game of the season, topping 100 yards and scoring 3 TDs. Tate seemed to absorb contact well and showed the ability to twist his trunk without any issue, which is a major limitation with rib injuries.
The Prognosis: Tate seems to be hitting his stride, getting the majority of the workload and only splitting a handful of carries with RB Dennis Johnson. Tate has proven to be very injury-prone is his short career, so this quick bounce back from this rib issue is a good sign moving forward. Tate has a good matchup this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars and looks as healthy as he’s been all season, so he should find some space to run this week again.
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