Released in August 2010, by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Derrick Ward was brought to Houston at the beginning of the 2010 season to become insurance for the injured Steve Slaton. Ward was buried in the depth chart in 2010 with the emergence of Arian Foster, and in 2011 he was the third string back throughout the season.
Ward contributed on special teams, kickoff, and even was the 2011 opening day running back for the Texans against the Indianapolis Colts. In two seasons with the Texans Ward appeared in 28 games and started only one. He had 95 attempts for 469 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, but his biggest contribution had to be the mentorship of Foster, and Ben Tate.