A day after the Texans beat the New York Jets 20-16 in their preseason opener, head coach Gary Kubiak detailed a litany of injuries to his club.
“Evaluated him after the game, didn’t like what was going on," Kubiak said. "Took him to the hospital; he spent the night at the hospital. He was resting and doing fine when I went to see him and his family a while ago, but obviously took a pretty good shot, so it’s going to take some time."
The Texans are especially thin at running back in the wake of Ward's concussion.
Kubiak couldn’t give a timetable on Tate, a second-round pick from Auburn in 2010 who missed last season with an ankle injury.
“Tate is moving very slowly,” Kubiak said. “His progress in coming back has been very slow, so I can’t sit here and tell you that he’s going to be ready to go. I sure hope he is. We were hoping that he’d be ready to get back on the field. Ogbie’s (
Kubiak was asked if the injuries will necessitate the Texans signing new players this week.
“I think we’re at the point right now – I can’t speak for the addition parts and stuff like that – but I can say when you get to this point in training camp, you’ve got to get creative when you start having problems like this,” Kubiak said. “You’re three weeks away from put ting your team together. Yeah, I’d love to go get two or three running backs and a couple offensive linemen. That sounds easy, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. So what we’ll have to do is get creative in what we’re doing going into the New Orleans game. We’ll have to adjust practice and what we’re doing at practice and how we’re practicing, how many groups we’re practicing.”