HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans rookie running back Ben Tate is out for the season with a fractured ankle.
Coach Gary Kubiak says Tate will be placed on injured reserve and undergo surgery this week.
The 5-foot-11 Tate hurt his right ankle in Saturday's 19-16 loss to Arizona and was carted off the field. Kubiak said Sunday that the injury was "pretty severe."
The Texans selected the former Auburn star in the second round of the draft. He was competing for time at running back with Arian Foster, Steve Slaton, Chris Henry and Jeremiah Johnson.
Also Monday, Houston placed backup defensive end Tim Bulman on injured reserve (shoulder) and signed free-agent James Wyche.