Phoenix, AZ- Former Auburn running back Ben Tate will need surgery after suffering a severe ankle injury in the Houston Texas preseason opener in Arizona on Saturday
The 5-foot-11, 211-pound Tate was hurt in the third quarter of the Texans' 19-16 loss to the Cardinals. Tate, the Texans' second-round draft pick out of Auburn, had only two carries for 7 yards before he was carted off the field.
Tate said on his Twitter account that it is disappointing to be "hurt and not be out there with my teammates working to make the playoffs, but what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.''
Coach Gary Kubiak said Sunday that the injury is "pretty severe," and that Tate will likely have surgery on Tuesday or Wednesday.
"It doesn't look good," Kubiak said. "That's the best I can describe it for now."