Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:40am
Arian Foster has no doubt he'll play football again.
The Houston Texans running back is recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon on his right leg. The 29-year-old has heard the speculation that such an injury might be a career-ender for a running back his age, but he's unfazed.
"Yeah I'll play again," he told The Associated Press. "I'm not the first one to come back from an Achilles tendon (injury)."
Foster has had a tough year, missing the first three games of the season after tearing a groin muscle in training camp. He returned on Oct. 4, but played just four games before his season ended on the non-contact injury to his Achilles tendon.
The Texans' already-terrible day at the office ended on an even lower note.
Arian Foster suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of his injury.
Foster was carted off the field with a non-contact leg injury late in the fourth quarter of Houston's 44-26 embarrassing loss to Miami.
Immediately after the game, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said of the injury, "It obviously didn't look good."
Foster left the game with 18 carries for 59 yards on the ground, five catches for 66 yards through the air and two touchdowns.
This marks another setback for Foster, who has rarely been fully healthy throughout his career and missed three games earlier this season with a groin injury.
Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:13pm
Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:15pm
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:18pm
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:20pm
Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Foster’s 28 touches in Week 5 indicate that he’s ready to take on a full workload. He has a great matchup with the Jaguars, who are last in the league in RB aFPA.
LB Jerrell Freeman (groin), RB Tyler Varga (concussion), LB Bjoern Werner (hamstring)
S Lonnie Ballentine (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (thigh), RB Chris Polk (knee)
T Duane Brown (hand), LB Max Bullough (shoulder), LB Jadeveon Clowney (shoulder, knee), LB Brian Cushing (foot), RB Arian Foster (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (hip), QB Ryan Mallett (chest), T Derek Newton (ankle), S Eddie Pleasant (thigh), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (calf), DT Vince Wilfork (ankle)
Luck is listed as questionable, so owners should pay attention as inactives are announced leading up to game time on Thursday. Gore and Allen are both probable, so they're virtually certain to play. Allen's return puts a big dent in Coby Fleener's upside. For the Texans, Foster is probable, so he should see an increased workload. With both Shorts and Washington out, the Texans are short at receiver. Look for DeAndre Hopkins to dominate targets again.
Arian Foster returned from a groin injury and caught a 15-yard pass on the Texans' first offensive play. He then carried for two yards and three yards before Ryan Mallett was picked off. On the day, Foster gained 10 yards on eight carries, and three passes for 25 yards. Physically, both Foster and O'Brien were positive about the Pro Bowler's health.
"I came out fine," Foster said.
The head coach reiterated that on Monday, saying Foster "should be ready" for the Thursday-nighter against Indianapolis.
Foster was a risky start and unfortunately for owners the game dictated how much Foster played. When it got out of hand, there was no point in keeping him out there. The Texans hope this week is a different story and perhaps now that Foster got his feet wet, he'll take on more of a workload in Week 5's Thursday night game.
Arian Foster feels like he has a chance to play in Sunday's game at Atlanta after his Aug. 3 groin injury and subsequent surgery sidelined him from getting his first start of the 2015 season.
“Progression is well, I think from two months ago having it off the bone to today," Foster said of his recovery. "It feels great and so yeah, I feel like I’ve got a chance. It just depends on how it feels on Sunday.”
Heading into the Week 4 matchup against the Falcons, Foster is officially listed as questionable. The All-Pro back will be a game-time decision, Bill O’Brien said Friday. Foster says he was a "full participant" in practice this week.
Foster is a true game-time call for Week 4, but the good news is it's an early game so owners will have time to adjust lineups when we learn the inactives. There's a good chance if he plays the team may limit his snap count. Jonathan Grimes has been officially ruled out after not practicing all week with a knee issue. The Texans currently have just two other running backs in case Foster can’t start: Alfred Blue and Chris Polk.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Texans RB Arian Foster (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 4. Foster appears to be a game-time decision for Week 4. He says he has “a chance” to play and that the best rehab for his injury is to play, so we’ll see. The Texans play early on Sunday. If Foster can’t play, Alfred Blue would be a Sneaky Start against the Falcons.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Foster appears to be a game-time decision for Week 4. The Texans play early on Sunday. If Foster can’t play, Alfred Blue would be a Sneaky Start against the Falcons.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Foster appears to be a game-time decision for Week 4. The Texans play early on Sunday. If Foster can’t play, Alfred Blue would be a Sneaky Start against the Falcons.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien was noncommittal on whether Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster will return Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, but acknowledged he’s nearing being back after undergoing groin surgery in August.
“I think we’re close,” O’Brien said Monday without offering a prediction on whether Foster will or won’t play.
Houston travels to Atlanta for an early game so owners will have plenty of notice to adjust lineups if Foster plays, but beware of a reduced workload if he does. Hopefully we have a better idea as the week goes on.
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