HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans released running back Steve Slaton on Tuesday, and signed Chris Ogbonnaya from the practice squad.
The 5-foot-9, 209-pound Slaton was a third-round pick in 2008 and was the NFL’s top rookie rusher with 1,282 yards. He fumbled seven times in 437 yards in 2009 and was placed on injured reserve after 11 games. He had neck surgery after the season, and never regained his form.
Arian Foster emerged in 2010, and Slaton was relegated to backup duty and returning kicks. Foster has been limited by a left hamstring strain early this season, and 2010 second-round pick Ben Tate topped 100 yards rushing in Houston’s first two games. Slaton has only seven carries for 20 yards this season.
Ogbonnaya was the Texans’ leading rusher in the preseason.