HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have a 1,000-yard rusher for
the first time since 2004.
But it's not the player most would have expected back in
Rookie Steve Slaton was penciled in to be a third-down back this
season. But he ran for 120 yards yesterday to break the 1,000-yard
mark. He has 1,024 yards rushing this season.
When Houston opened camp, no one in the organization envisioned
him starting this season with veterans Ahman Green and Chris Brown
on the team. But Brown was put on the injured reserve before the
season, and Green was soon suffering from various ailments that
kept him off the field.
Green started the first game, but Slaton started the next game
while Green nursed a hurt ankle. Green was healthy a couple of week
later, but coach Gary Kubiak decided to keep Slaton as the starter.
Green has since been put on the injured reserve, leaving Slaton
as Houston's only viable option at the position. He's responded by
rushing for the most yards by a Texan since the former Domanick
Davis, who's now Domanick Williams, ran for 1,188 yards in 2004.
Slaton has had two straight 100-yard rushing games and has added
92 yards receiving in the last two weeks.
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