You don't have to tell Ben Tate that 2013 is a contract year for him. After losing his rookie year to injury, Tate was likely the best RB2 in the league in 2011 before a woeful 2012 season that left Texans fans wondering what the heck happened to the guy we saw in 2011.
Stranger things have happened, but I'd be shocked if Ben Tate wasn't the primary RB for a team not based in Houston in 2014. How he performs in 2013 will go a long way toward determining how much he gets paid to work next year. How he performs in Houston Texans Training Camp, however, should not have a colossal effect on his future earnings. Which is good, because Tate left practice today on account of a groin injury.
"My groin just got tight," Tate said. "I’m not too worried about it."
While Tate wasn’t too worried about the long-term effects, he didn’t know if he would be back on the field in two days.
"I’m not sure yet," Tate said.
Kubiak elaborated on the running back position, and said Tate coming out of practice was a "precautionary" measure.
"His groin was sore," Kubiak said. "We really worked a lot of young players this morning. Our focus was on the young guys and when his groin got sore we took him out."
Get well soon, Ben. Both Texans fans and your agent are hoping you can turn the clock back to 2011 this year.