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Slaton out against Jaguars


Running back Steve Slaton will not play against the Jaguars in Week 13. Chris Brown will start in his place.

JACKSONVILLE - Texans running back Steve Slaton has been declared inactive for today's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Slaton missed practice on Friday with a shoulder issue. He said he was experiencing numbness in the tip of his right thumb as the result of an injury to his right shoulder.

"It's something that's been bothering him, and obviously we've been trying to work him through it," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said on Friday. "It seems to have gotten a little worse here in the course of the last 24 hours, and if it's bad and he can't go, then Ryan (Moats) picks up his load."

Chris Brown will start in Slaton's place. Brown is coming off of back-to-back games with 11 carries following the bye week. Against the Colts last Sunday, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry and scored a rushing touchdown. Kubiak has been especially pleased with Brown's pass protection in the last two games.

Moats hasn't had a carry since Week 9 at Indianapolis. He ran for 126 yards and a franchise-record three touchdowns in Week 8 at Buffalo and is averaging 4.1 yards per carry this season.

Texans receiver Jacoby Jones (coach's decision) and cornerback Glover Quin (head injury) also are inactive.

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