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Houston Texans News And Notes: Tate Trying Out For Cowboys, Slaton Retires, Antonio Smith Under Investigation

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Former Texans making news, and not in a good way. Check out this special afternoon edition of Texans news on Battle Red Blog.

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Ben Tate trying out for Cowboys

Former Texans running back Ben Tate is attempting to join the party to replace DeMarco Murray. Tate, along with former Cowboys running back Felix Jones, is trying out for the Cowboys.

The Texans let the former Auburn running back walk during the 2014 offseason.  He was signed by the Browns but later cut. He spent time with the Vikings and Steelers after his release by Cleveland in 2014.  Tate tallied 371 yards on 119 rushing attempts during the 2014 season.

Steve Slaton announces retirement

The Texans drafted Steve Slaton in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent four years with the team, appearing in 42 games with Houston - rushing for 1,832 yards on 425 attempts. Slaton spent the 2014 season with Toronto Argonauts. Today, he announced his retirement from football.

On to the next chapter. It's been a pleasure

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Antonio Smith being investigated for child abuse

Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey, Jr. announced that former Texans and current Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith was being investigated for child abuse. No charges have been filed thus far.