Gary Kubiak: 'Ben Tate starts, Andre Johnson rested'

Ben Tate of the Houston Texans rushes past the block of Duane Brown of the Houston Texans on December 23, 2012
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Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak announces that he plans to start running back Ben Tate against the Minnesota Vikings, but wideout Andre Johnson will rest.

Gary Kubiak has confirmed that Ben Tate will start for the Houston Texans during their pre-season game against the Minnesota Vikings tomorrow evening.

The running back had been a doubt for the tie, having missed several practices with a tight groin earlier this week.

The head coach told the team's website: "My plan is, if he feels fine coming out of today, he will. He looks fine. He should be able to take his reps that we want him to take on Friday night. It won't be many, but I'd like to see him get out there with the first group and take some."

Kubiak added that wide receiver Andre Johnson, along with other players who have not practised on a synthetic surface so far this pre-season, will be rested.

Ben Tate of the Houston Texans rushes past the block of Duane Brown of the Houston Texans on December 23, 2012
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