Texans need an alternate to injured Walter

HOUSTON -- The Texans are deep at running back, as evidenced by Ben Tate’s performance with Arian Foster a scratch and Derrick Ward going down during Sunday’s win against the Colts.

They are not deep at receiver, where late addition Bryant Johnson is the team’s fourth and final player at the spot.

Now John Clayton reports Kevin Walter suffered a broken shoulder against Indianapolis and will be out as long as 10 to 12 weeks.

Start the Randy Moss rumors.

I don’t expect the Texans to turn that direction, but I hope they will explore options better than simply adding Jeff Maehl from the practice squad.

Gary Kubiak has frequently spoken of how the reliable and precise Walter and Jacoby Jones offered great combined numbers functioning as the Texans’ collective No. 2 receiver.

Jones will have to be more reliable and consistent without Walter in the mix. The team is likely to throw more to tight ends Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen and tight end-turned-fullback James Casey in Walter's absence as well.