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  Texans | C. Brown not expected to be re-signed    Fri Feb 12, 05:40 PM

John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent RB Chris R. Brown during the offseason.

Footballguys view: The Texans will likely select a running back at some point during the 2010 NFL Draft.

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  Texans | Foster may start Week 17    Thu Dec 31, 11:03 AM

John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said there is a good chance RB Arian Foster will start in Week 17.

Footballguys view: Kubiak also said Foster and Ryan Moats will get more playing time than Chris Brown during the game - that is depending on how their ball security goes during the game. We feel fantasy owners can start Foster with confidence as a RB2/Flex play for week 17. However, we've seen coach Kubiak bench all of his running backs for fumbling problems. If Foster can hang onto the rock, he should have a nice game against the Pats.

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  Texans | Foster impresses as receiver    Tue Dec 15, 06:51 PM

John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Arian Foster impressed the coaching staff in Week 14 for his ability to catch passes, recording four receptions for 54 yards while averaging 12.3 yards per catch. 'We're impressed with what Foster did,' head coach Gary Kubiak said. 'He can learn a lot of things, but he handled his job in protection for the most part pretty good, so I think we just get him involved more, give him an opportunity.' RB Chris Brown starts because he is the best blocker and RB Ryan Moats has had the most problems blocking in the backfield.

Footballguys view: Foster is in the RB rotation now, and with his good play and Ryan Moats fumble last week, he's probably the most valuable Texans RB to own heading into a great matchup vs. the Rams.

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  Texans | C. Brown to receive bulk of carries in Slaton's absence    Wed Dec 9, 11:47 AM

Paul Kuharsky, of ESPN.com, reports Houston Texans RB Chris Brown is expected to get the bulk of the carries in place of RB Steve Slaton (shoulder), who was placed on Injured Reserve Wednesday, Dec. 9.

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  Texans | Team throws three INTs Week 13    Sun Dec 6, 06:17 PM

The Associated Press reports Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub (ankle) was 19-for-27 for 207 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception Week 13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Schaub left in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, but he was able to return in the second quarter. Schaub was replaced by QB Rex Grossman, who went 3-for-9 for 33 yards with an interception. The Texans' third thrown interception came on a halfback pass by RB Chris Brown.

Footballguys view: The halfback pass was the most unforgivable as the Texans were poised to move within one score in the second half with all the momentum.

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  Texans | Slaton inactive for Week 13    Sun Dec 6, 11:45 AM

The NFL Network reports Houston Texans RB Steve Slaton (neck) is inactive for Week 13.

Footballguys view: Chris Brown becomes a good flex play, but he'll likely share the workload with Ryan Moats.

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  Texans | Slaton misses practice Friday    Fri Dec 4, 05:36 PM

Houston Texans RB Steve Slaton (neck) missed the team's practice Friday, Dec. 4. He will be a game-time decision Week 13, but he is not expected to play. RB Chris Brown would start if Slaton is unable to play.

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  Texans | Slaton to start Week 12, will split carries with Brown    Fri Nov 27, 02:08 PM

Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said RB Steve Slaton will start Week 12 but will split carries with RB Chris Brown.

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  Texans | Not committing to starting running back in Week 9    Wed Nov 4, 06:23 PM

ESPN.com reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak will not commit to using a starting running back in Week 9. RBs Steve Slaton, Ryan Moats and Chris Brown will all play.

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  Texans | Kubiak: All three running backs will play, no decision on week 9 starter    Mon Nov 2, 07:42 PM

Adam Caplan, of Scout.com, reports that Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has not made a decision on which RB will start in week 9. He also said all three running backs will play.

Footballguys view: This is a good time to make an offer for Steve Slaton. He is too explosive to hold down for long. Moats will have value as long as he gets goal line carries, and he was extremely effective in that area vs. Buffalo.

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  Texans | Kubiak has confidence in Slaton    Mon Oct 26, 10:30 AM

Dale Robertson, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said following Week 7 that he remains confident in RB Steve Slaton, even though Slaton was briefly replaced by RB Chris Brown in Week 7 after he lost his fourth fumble of the season. 'People smell blood because he's put some balls on the ground,' Kubiak said. 'Steve's our guy, and I have a lot of confidence in him. It's our job to help him find a way to hold on to the football. He touches it, and good things happen. But at the same time, you can make five big plays and one turnover can get you beat. Steve understands that.'

Footballguys view: Slaton has to do a better job of holding on to the football, or Kubiak's confidence may start to fade. He's a big part of this offense, and even if the ground game is shut down Slaton can do a lot of damage as a receiver. The Texans will even line him up in the slot in order to create a mismatch they want to exploit.

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  Texans | Illnesses hit team Week 4    Sun Oct 4, 07:07 PM

The Associated Press reports Houston Texans S Eugene Wilson (illness) sat out the team's Week 4 game with an illness. RB Chris Brown (illness) was available for the game, but he was not feeling well and did not play. LB Xavier Adibi (illness) was dealing with an illness, but he was able to take part on special teams.

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  Texans | Five players probable for Week 4    Fri Oct 2, 05:47 PM

Houston Texans TE Joel Dreessen (hip), DT Amobi Okoye (back), RB Chris Brown (shin), WR David Anderson (back) and WR Andre' Davis (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 2. They are listed as probable for Week 4 and are expected to play.

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  Texans | Five players limited Thursday    Thu Oct 1, 06:16 PM

Houston Texans TE Joel Dreessen (hip), DT Shaun Cody (knee), DT Amobi Okoye (back), RB Chris Brown (shin) and WR David Anderson (back) were limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 1. They are all expected to play in Week 4.

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  Texans | Four limited in practice Wednesday    Wed Sep 30, 07:24 PM

Houston Texans WR David Anderson (back), RB Chris Brown (shin), DT Shaun Cody (knee) and DT Amobi Okoye (back) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 30.

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  Texans | Brown could get some carries Week 1    Thu Sep 10, 11:39 AM

John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Chris Brown could see 10 to 12 carries in the team's Week 1 game.

Footballguys view: Brown is the power complement to starter Steve Slaton, and most of his carries could come on short-yardage and goalline situations.

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  Texans | Kubiak: Brown is short-yardage and red zone runner    Thu Sep 3, 09:24 PM

Marc Vandermeer, of HoustonTexans.com, reports that head coach Gary Kubiak told him that Chris Brown is the team's short-yardage RB. Kubiak said, "Our goal is to use him (Brown) basically as a short-yardage runner, a red zone runner and Steve's (Slaton) backup, so we have to plan to go about our business and hopefully we can keep him healthy. But he's shown flashes this preseason that he's still got it in him. That's important to our team."

Footballguys view: As Kubiak acknowledges, Brown has had trouble staying healthy. Slaton owners should root for Arian Foster to not make the team, because Foster is also a rugged short-yardage runner. If Foster is cut and Brown goes down, Slaton could get goal line carries again. This isn't a huge surprise, and it is part of the reason Slaton has been falling to the late-first and early-second rounds.

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  Texans | Brown a TD vulture?    Tue Aug 18, 08:14 PM

CBSSports.com reports that Houston RB Chris Brown could become the short yardage RB to complement starter Steve Slaton after a strong preseason opener vs. Kansas City, including a two-yard TD run. "I think it made the whole team feel very good," coach Gary Kubiak said of Brown's performance against the Chiefs. "He wants to finish his career the right way - playing good football. I think our guys are rooting for him because he's very well-liked in the locker room and very respected."

Footballguys view: Slaton's inability to consistently convert short yardage running plays is the main reason that he is a late first-round pick instead of mid-first pick. Brown is no sure thing to stay healthy, but he'll frustrate Slaton's owners until he gets hurt again.

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  Texans | Chris Brown a positive for the team    Sun Aug 16, 08:41 PM

Nick Scurfield, from HoustonTexans.com, notes that one of the biggest positives of the game was the Texans' biggest running back, 6-3, 234-pound veteran Chris Brown. Brown scored the Texans' only touchdown of the game in the first quarter and finished with 25 rushing yards on six carries along with 22 receiving yards. "That was very exciting, and that's what he is," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's a big back in the red zone and gets the ball going downhill. That's what we need him to do, and he looked like his old self tonight, so I felt very good about his time."

Footballguys view: On that touchdown drive the team called Brown's number four times in a row, starting at the 23-yard line. Brown has been with the team since March of 2008, but this was only the second time he played in a game for the Texans because of a back injury that forced him to miss all of last season. Coach Gary Kubiak commented that Brown has been one of the hardest workers during the offseason program, and so far it's paying off. Brown is a very talented RB who could be the "Thunder" to Steve Slaton's "Lightning" - if he can stay healthy.

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  Texans | Battle for No. 2 running back job continues    Sun Aug 16, 01:50 AM

Houston Texans backup RB Ryan Moats carried the ball 10 times Saturday, Aug. 15, against the Kansas City Chiefs and rushed for a team-high 52 yards. He is battling for the team's No. 2 running back job during training camp. RB Chris Brown scored a touchdown, while carrying the ball six times for 25 yards.

Footballguys view: Moats is more talented than his performance thus far in his career would lead you to believe. If he becomes more confident, he could evolve into a solid backup for Steve Slaton.

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  Texans | C. Brown impressing during camp    Thu Aug 6, 02:14 PM

Paul Kuharsky, of ESPN.com, reports Houston Texans RB Chris Brown has looked good during training camp, but he carries durability questions. Brown spent last season on Injured Reserve.

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  Texans | Brown performing well at camp    Wed Aug 5, 06:15 PM

John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB Chris Brown has been making excellent cutbacks and has been running hard throughout training camp.

Footballguys view: This matches earlier camp reports we've heard about Brown, but the biggest question remains - can he stay healthy? The Texans are loaded at running back behind starter Steve Slaton, so if Brown goes down with an injury (again) the team will be fine.

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  Texans | Staying healthy a priority for Brown    Sun Aug 2, 05:31 PM

Jordan Godwin, from the Houston Chronicle, reports RB Chris Brown knows the backup running back job behind Steve Slaton is his to lose to Ryan Moats -- all Brown has to do is stay healthy.

Footballguys view: Dating back to his days at the University of Colorado, Chris Brown has always struggled to stay healthy. He has a fantastic blend of size, power, and speed but we've only seen glimpses from him so far in his pro career because he's always getting hurt. Brown may put it together for one year before his NFL career is over, but we don't advise drafting him as the handcuff to Steve Slaton.

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  Texans | Moats starting to step up    Fri May 29, 01:36 PM

Brooke Bentley, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans RB Ryan Moats has been getting the job done working as the No. 2 back during practice and rotating with RB Chris Brown in the spot. Head coach Gary Kubiak has called Moats and Brown his '2a and 2b' backup running backs. .

Footballguys view: Moats has been getting the edge in the competition because he has shown tremendous speed during OTAs and played last season. Moats, at 5-8 and 210 pounds, doesn't fit the big-back prototype the Texans have wanted in short-yardage situations. Moats, however, believes he can accomplish the job through his running style. Former teammates of Moats have commented that his lack of production with the Eagles may have been a confidence issue. It seems like Moats has full confidence in himself now, and Coach Kubiak is liking the results.

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  Texans | Kubiak believes Brown can be short-yardage back    Tue May 26, 08:30 PM

Brooke Bentley, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he believes RB Chris Brown can be a short-yardage back for the team. 'He's showed in this league he can have some big games and also he should be a good short-yardage player for us. I could say, Chris, when he has been healthy and been out on the field in this league, he's been successful,' Kubiak said.

Footballguys view: Brown has looked fantastic during his pro career when healthy - but he can't shake the injury bug. He is currently rotating with Ryan Moats as the RB2 behind starter Steve Slaton. Brown is a bigger back than both Slaton and Moats and could be a goalline vulture if he can stay healthy. The backup to Steve Slaton could see more playing time than people are forecasting right now because the Texans will want to keep their starter fresh.

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  Texans | Complement for Slaton to be determined    Wed May 20, 07:45 PM

Brooke Bentley, of HoustonTexans.com, reports the Houston Texans will use OTAs, minicamps and training camp to determine the ideal complement back for starting RB Steve Slaton. The candidates currently include RBs Chris Brown, Ryan Moats, Jeremiah Johnson and Arian Foster. The team may still find another back elsewhere, too, as general manager Rick Smith said the team will continue to look to upgrade the talent through the summer.

Footballguys view: The backup position behind Steve Slaton is wide open and the Texans have a deep and somewhat talented backfield. Chris Brown has been very effective but rarely healthy so far in his pro career. Ryan Moats seems to have revived his career since he left Philadelphia and has a similar skill set to Steve Slaton. Jeremiah Johnson went undrafted this year but he has great quickness and can make people miss with ankle-breaking moves in the open field. Arian Foster runs with good power and determination but doesn't have the speed to get to the corner in the NFL. We'll have to wait and see how this shakes out during training camp.

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  Texans | Kubiak calls C. Brown, Moats running back 2A and 2B    Tue May 19, 03:39 PM

Brooke Bentley, of Houston Texans.com, reports that head coach Gary Kubiak said Ryan Moats and Chris Brown are 2A and 2B on the depth chart. He added that Brown is "obviously something we're looking for in our offense, but we're going to play the best guys."

Footballguys view: Kubiak also shared that only starter Steve Slaton is assured of a job come September. Don't count out undrafted rookies Jeremiah Johnson, who is built like and runs a lot like Slaton, and Arian Foster, who has the power to be the short yardage back, an area Slaton struggled with last year.

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