Houston Forward Times

29 October 2013 Written by  Nicholas A. Norman

Texans Sign 3 RB’s and 2 ILB’s on Monday and Place Cushing on Injured Reserve


The Texans have added three new running backs to their roster. Deji Karim, Ray Graham and Dennis Johnson are among the five new additions to the roster today.

All three of the backs were previously signed by the Texans during the summer OTA’s and training camp. This should help the Texans because they are all familiar with the offense. This could also indicate how concerned they are about the health of Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Foster suffered a pulled hamstring in the 17-16 loss at Kansas City while Tate suffered four cracked ribs.

Ben Tate has every intention of playing Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Arian Foster’s status remains to be determined.

Foster, Tate and guard Wade Smith were held out of practice Monday, coach Gary Kubiak said. Foster’s hamstring is gradually improving, while Tate plans to take the field with four broken ribs. “Every day they get better and better,” Tate said. “So I think by Sunday, I’ll be fine. Opened up pretty good (Monday),” he said. “So I expect to practice this week and push towards playing.” He added: “It’s a decision we’ll make later in the week.”

The Texans also will have two new inside linebackers, Tavares Gooden and Jeff Tarpinian. They’ll replace Brian Cushing, who underwent knee surgery on Tuesday, and Tim Dobbins, who was placed on waivers.

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