Jets vs. Texans: Derrick Ward Is the Latest Injured Texans Running Back
The most dangerous job in America might be running back for the Houston Texans. 2010 Pro Bowler Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Steve Slaton were already held out of Monday’s game against the New York Jets, and now Derrick Ward has been taken to the locker room for an undisclosed injury.
Ward was the third down back last year in lieu of Ben Tate who spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after breaking his ankle in his first preseason game last season. Ward performed surprisingly well with a 6.3 yards per carry given his release from Tampa Bay just prior to signing with the Texans.
Ward performed so well that general manager Rick Smith gave him a new deal just prior to the lockout in March. Ward looked to be the incumbent third down back, unless Tate could supplant him with a very good performance in camp. Between the two of them and Steve Slaton, running back seemed to be a position of strength.
Now running back is a serious concern. The injury to Ward did not look serious as he walked under his own power to the locker room with no noticeable limp or grimace on his face, but the fact remains that the Texans now have two healthy running backs remaining for this game; Chris Ogbonnaya and Javarris Williams.
Ogbonnaya has received raved reviews in training camp so far, and he will now have plenty of reps to prove himself in the game. Williams was signed specifically in response to the previously mentioned injuries, and he also now as a great opportunity himself to showcase himself for the Texans or another team.
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