Backfield Banged-Up After Win Over Browns
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Chron.com


Injuries in backfield
The Texans can use the extra day off before they play Monday night against Jacksonville, as running backs Steve Slaton (chest, ribs), Ahman Green (knee) and Ryan Moats (ankle) are injured.

Slaton showed his toughness by playing against Cleveland with his injuries, finishing with 21 carries for 73 yards; Green gained 39 yards on 13 carries, but after the game, coach Gary Kubiak said Green could be out for weeks.

“We’re still trying to evaluate it,” Kubiak said. “Obviously, there’s some concern. Ahman was positive. (He) says he’s been through this one before. It’s a tough decision for us because you’re at a tough period in the season (where) if a player’s going to miss a week or two, that’s one thing, but if you’re looking at three or four weeks, now you start to make different decisions because you don’t have that many weeks left.

“We’ve got a running back problem right now. Steve played hurt. (He) was not himself, but he hung in there for the team. We’re very concerned about our running back situation.”

Too many penalties
At one point this season, the Texans had committed the fewest penalties in the league and were on a pace to set the NFL record. But they had 11 flags for 84 yards against Cleveland, including a holding call on Brandon Harrison that nullified André Davis’ 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

“We had way too many penalties,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “I would question a few of them like any other coach, but a lot of them were legitimate. We’ve got to do a much better job than that. I just think it’s concentration.”

Rookies grade well
Rookie outside linebacker Xavier Adibi started his second game against Cleveland and had four unassisted tackles and a fumble recovery. Rookie cornerback Antwaun Molden also played for the first time.

“Adibi played a lot like he did against Indianapolis; he made a lot of plays,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “He took another step forward.

“Molden played nine or 10 plays. They were key plays on a big drive in the fourth quarter, and it wasn’t too big for him. He played some man coverage and was right there with them (receivers). It was a step forward for him, too. We need to get him on the field more.”


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