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Ward’s TD Engraves Role with Texans, Foster’s Knee Banged Up

For the second straight week Houston Texans running back Derrick Ward scored a touchdown.  Two weeks ago against Oakland, Ward scampered for a 33-yard touchdown.  This week in the loss against his former team, the New York Giants, Ward ran for a one-yard touchdown.  The carries and touchdowns certainly signify his role on the team: to backup Arian Foster.  Before the game, Ward was listed on the injury report as “questionable.”

Derrick Ward was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 31 of this year and the Texans signed him on September 4 to fill in for the injured rookie Ben Tate.  Although many thought Ward has washed up from his former “Wind” days in New York, but Ward’s proving he can still make an impact when he’s given the ball.  Look for Ward to take some of the load off Foster’s carries, especially since Foster’s knee was “banged up” according to Gary Kubiak.  Foster was able to return in the loss but the Texans will be cautious of his injury.  Nick Scurfield via Twitter reported Foster said he’s “fine.”

“I think it was just like a muscle I had in my leg that kind of made my knee feel like it was hurting,” said Foster. “I loosened it up and I’m alright.”

Next week the Texans face the Kansas City Chiefs who were ranked 7th against the run going into Week 5.  This week against Indy, the Chiefs allowed 50 yards rushing to both Joseph Addai and Mike Hart.  Hart also had a touchdown.  Donald Brown was out with an injury and Addai was left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury.

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