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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Former Auburn RB Ben Tate suffers serious ankle injury, will undergo surgery

Some tough news for former Auburn running back Ben Tate, who might have broken seriously injured his ankle in his preseason debut with the Houston Texans against the Arizona Cardinals.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak called it a "very serious" ankle injury and said Tate will undergo surgery. The report also said Tate would be placed on injured reserve, which would end his season.

Tate injured himself after a 12-yard run in the third quarter and was carted off the field for X-rays. He posted on his Facebook page Sunday afternoon that he did not break his ankle, which was the initial fear.

Tate was a second-round pick by the Texans at No. 58 overall in last spring's draft. He had a chance to be the team's top running back, competing with Steve Slaton and Arian Foster.


Tar Heel Tiger said...

well... rats!

Aubiester said...

Tate said on Facebook it's NOT broken.

Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks for the update, Aubiester.

bad sprains can be worse than minor breaks. Let's just hope it's not the dreaded "high ankle sprain".

ANDY - off topic relative to this thread, but do you know if Parkey is getting a serious look at handling kickoffs?

Andy Bitter said...

Parkey's name has barely even come up in interviews. We haven't seen him kick once during the pre-practice routine. It's always either Byrum or Brooks. So I'd say, no.

Tar Heel Tiger said...

Thanks, AB!

now get back to watching the PGA finish!

Tar Heel Tiger said...

Aubiester - just found the following on wikipedia

When a high ankle sprain is diagnosed the doctor will determine if the injury is stable or unstable. Stable injuries are the less severe high ankle sprains when the placement of the tibia and fibula stays normal. Unstable high ankle sprains occur when two or all three syndesmotic ligaments are torn and the tibia and fibula are free to move around. Unstable injuries require more treatment usually surgery. During the surgery one or two screws are inserted in the lower leg for a few months (usually three) or until the ligaments have reformed and are able to hold the bones in the proper position.[4] When surgery is needed recovery will take 6 months or longer.

Aubiester said...


Looks like he's going to have surgery.

Ankle Injury Compensation Claim said...

Take rest Ben... and Get well soon