With Slaton out, Houston backfield is crowded

With Slaton done for the year, the bulk of the carries now go to Chris Brown and Ryan Moats, with rookie Arian Foster and Chris Henry also figuring into the mix since they're on the 53-man roster. Head coach Gary Kubiak expects Brown will start, like he did against Jacksonville.

"I think we stay the way we are with what we're doing," Kubiak said. "I'd just like to come out of this game with Foster getting some touches on the ball and so we'll get him ready to play."

Moats, who is still the only Texans back to rush for more than 100 yards in a game this season said he and the rest of the ball-carriers on the team take it personally that they haven't been able to achieve a sustained level of success.

"Of course, it's our job. It's our passion," Moats said. "This is what we've been doing since we were little kids, so of course you want to be successful in the run game. We're going to keep working to do that."

Moats said it doesn't matter if he starts or is a backup, he approaches his job the same way.

"I prepare even when I'm not playing," Moats said. "I prepare like I'm going to play. You just have to be patient about it and know you're role and play your role and your time will come. When I'm called, I go out there and run as hard as I can every time, ever play."

Foster was brought on to the active roster from the practice squad on November 17, and he explained Wednesday what the coaches told him about his role on Sunday versus the Seahawks.

"They said I'm going to play," Foster said. "Whether that means 70 snaps or five snaps, I'm going to go out there and play every snap like it's my last."

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