Posted by Will Brinson
Ben Tate, the Texans second-rounder in this past draft, was expected to compete for touches with Steve Slaton and Arien Foster this season.
However, for now he'll have to settle with getting healthy -- Tate was carted off from the Texans-Cardinals game with just over 12 minutes remaining the third quarter.
I went back and looked at the injury -- Tate made a nice rush off the left tackle, bursting through the hole and slicing through a couple defenders for 12 yards before being tackled at his ankles by Daryl Washington.
(Aside: it would have been easier to see exactly what happened if the Arizona play-by-play guys hadn't decided that they needed to interview "Captain Coyote" who apparently is some NHL player, forcing me to check the Texans feed on NFL.com.)
It appeared that Tate, while tackled, banged his knee against the ground in pretty painful fashion before dragging it cross the ground.
Tate lay on the ground for some time, being examined by trainers before being helped off the field and then eventually carted off.
More on the injury as soon as we hear it -- follow us on Twitter for updates on the Tate injury.
Update (12:16): John McClain of the Houston Chronicle notes via Twitter that "I think RB Ben Tate ... is done for the year with a broken ankle. We'll find out Sunday."
If that's true, it's obviously a tremendously tough blow for a Texans team in need of backfield help. Not to mention an organization that invested a second-rounder in the kid. Obviously it stings the most for Tate, though, especially considering how explosive he looked early on in the game.
There's also a report, via our always excellent Fantasy News section , from the sports director of KILT-AM in Houston who called it a high ankle sprain. Clearly, everyone hopes it's the latter.