Texans RB Slaton recovered from neck surgery, ready to rebound
HOUSTON -- Steve Slaton can't wait to get back on the field for the Texans.
The running back struggled in 2009 with fumbling and a nerve problem in his neck, winding up with a subpar second NFL season after rushing for a franchise-record 1,282 yards as a rookie.
Slaton and the Texans had downplayed the extent the nerve issue contributed to his fumbling. But after having offseason neck surgery to correct the problem, Slaton acknowledged that it was a major factor in his inability to hold onto the ball.
Slaton said he couldn't feel his right arm from the thumb to his shoulder.
"If you can't feel your hand, then you really can't squeeze as hard as you want to," Slaton said this week as the Texans began their offseason work. "I tried to downplay it, but it came to a point where it was so serious I had to get surgery."
Slaton fumbled seven times and rushed for just 437 yards in 11 games before he was placed on injured reserve. Now that the feeling in his arm has returned, Slaton is confident he can return to top form.
"I think any player is going to feel like they have something to prove," Slaton said. "Definitely from having a positive first year and such a negative second year, I think I need to get back to what my first year was."
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