Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com broke via Twitter earlier today that Steve Slaton had been cut by the Houston Texans. The move comes during a time on the Texans roster when the running back corps are battling injuries. Arian Foster has been out with an injured hamstring. Derrick Ward has likewise been out with an ankle injury. Steve Slaton was the backup running back this past Sunday against New Orleans where he carried the ball 4 times for 8 yards.
There were rumors before the season began that Slaton would either get traded or cut before the beginning of the regular season. He made the final roster without playing a single snap in the Preseason. The Texans promoted Chris Ogbannaya from the practice squad to take Slaton's place on the roster.
What is next for Slaton?
There are several teams that could be interested in signing Slaton. The Kansas City Chiefs lost Jamaal Charles to a season ending injury at the beginning of this season and are in need of depth. Another team that was rumored to have been interested in Slaton is the Washington Redskins. John Clayton of ESPN suggested that one team that may look at Slaton is the Detroit Lions who are averaging less than 3 yards a carry.
Slaton is the second former Mountaineer to get cut by the Texans this season. Scooter Berry was also cut before the season began.