RB Steve Slaton returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since before preseason. He’s been out with a hamstring injury. Slaton, who rushed for almost 1,300 yards as a rookie in 2008, was going to be trade material if the first three backs stayed healthy.
Arian Foster is expected to play in the opener against Indianapolis. Derrick Ward and Ben Tate are competing for playing time behind Foster. Because Slaton hasn’t carried the ball, he’ll probably be waived Friday. After his impressive rookie season, Slaton underwent neck surgery, but the emergence of Foster and Ward last season kept him tied to the bench.
We're not so sure about Foster's availability given John Clayton's recent comments on Twitter (that Foster "has a tear" and could miss 3-4 weeks), so the Texans may retain Slaton as insurance.