HOUSTON - Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve yesterday because of a nerve issue in his neck.

Slaton, who starred at Conwell-Egan High, ran for 1,282 yards last season, but this season has only gained 437 yards in 11 games and has fumbled five times.

Coach Gary Kubiak said a specialist believes the problem will heal on its own in 4 to 6 weeks, but surgery could be an option. He said Slaton will be ready next season in any event.