Derrick Ward leaves game with ankle injury, Ben Tate explodes

The Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

That the Texans would open their 10th season Sunday with the NFL's leading rusher on the roster was impressive enough.

But the fact said running back, Arian Foster, wouldn't be active for the game, yet the Texans could still have 100 rushing yards by halftime – plus a stunning 34-0 lead over the Indianapolis Colts - spoke even more eloquently about how far they've come as an offense.

Note, too, that Derrick Ward, the man who started for the injured Foster, was already icing a sprained ankle and done for the day.

Not a beat would be missed because second-year pro Ben Tate, making his regular-season NFL debut, gained 116 yards while averaging nearly five per carry and scored his first touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: 

Before the ankle injury, it was looking as if Ward would get more carries, but Tate impressed in a great matchup against a bad Colts rush defense and is looking like the right guy to own given the injuries to Foster and Ward.

Filed Under: 2011, W1

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