Jayson Braddock, co-host of HustleTown on ESPN 97.5 Houston provided an update on Texans RB Arian Foster: "Arian has been in Houston working out & expectations are for him to return to the field in some facet by week 2-4."
The good vibes continue for Foster. Expecting him to return to full form by Week 2 would not be wise, but the fact that his timeline continues to get shorter and shorter indicates that the injury was not as severe as once thought and that his recovery is going well. At this point, we're projecting him to play 10 games, which makes him our #19 RB in standard formats and #17 in PPR.
Encouraging news. If he would return Sept. 27, it would mean only two missed games. The team would likely ease him in upon his return to the field. Depending on how he responds, he could be in for more touches in the weeks after that. Keep in mind, this is a best-case scenario. Up until now, we estimated more like eight missed games. This news could make Foster a more worthwhile gamble if you feel it's the right part of your fantasy draft to take the chance.
Monday, August 24, 2015, 5:04pm
Arian Foster is back in Houston after suffering a groin injury earlier this month.
"He’s in here rehabbing but we really haven’t spoken about where he’s at from a date-of-return standpoint," head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. "I know that he’s working hard in rehab, and he’s really trying to get back to playing as quickly as he can.”
The four-time Pro Bowl running back was a spectator at NRG Stadium for the Texans preseason game against Denver on Saturday.
Foster suffered his injury during the team’s Aug. 3 training camp practice. He has not participated since, but still remains on the active roster. There is currently no official timetable for his return.
He’s still expected to be fine for the start of the regular season, but the Eagles wanted to give him time to rest. He’s seeing Dr. Williams Meyers (the sports hernia specialist in Philadelphia who did Arian Foster’s surgery), but Kelly didn’t know if Ertz would need or already had any kind of procedure.
Kelly didn't rule out surgery, but the hope is by shutting him down now Ertz will be ready to go for Week 1. That's not locked in stone, however. Brent Celek is next up on the depth chart but has spent more time as a blocker last year. He is a proven pass-catcher, though. Kelly said Trey Burton, the team's TE3, has been doing a nice job in camp thus far so he could be in line for more time. If Ertz does have surgery, a Week 1 return might not be possible because the standard timetable is 6-8 weeks. This was supposed to be his bust-out year, but owners drafting in the near future will have to have a backup plan in case he needs surgery and misses the start of the season.
Second-year running back Alfred Blue takes on a new role in the Texans’ preseason opener against San Francisco on Saturday night – as the starter with Arian Foster out for an indeterminate time after needing surgery to repair a torn groin muscle.
Blue insists his task is a simple one.
“Run the ball downhill, man,” he said. “Get positive yards. Don’t lose any yards. Hold onto that football. Definitely don’t fumble the ball. Just be productive. They’ve made me the No. 1 guy so, I feel you’ve got to take that kind of role and just motivate the room and just push (teammates) at practice. It’ll start slow sometimes – you don’t want to be out there – but you’ve got to put your head down, get through practice and just try to get better each and every day.”
The Texans will have plenty to mull over as the clock ticks towards the start of the NFL season. Considering the timetable for Arian Foster’s return could range from September to November, they are not likely to rush to make a decision, nor should they. Better to observe how he progresses and evaluate further when there is more information.
Assuming his progress is solid, it seems reasonable Foster could avoid the IR designation altogether. But when he is able to take the field for the first time may not matter as much as staying on it week in and week out. Foster has his work cut out for him over the next few months to prove not only that he can come back to full health, but that he can maintain it.
This is a pretty in-depth article about Foster's injury. But obviously the decision is whether to put him on IR designated to return or not. They want to avoid a healthy Foster sitting on the sideline not being able to play because he progressed well. On the flip side, returning too soon could also be a potential disaster. Taking Foster in drafts will be risky, but obviously the later you can snag him the better.
As Texans running back Arian Foster prepares to have groin surgery Friday in Philadelphia with Dr. William Meyers performing the procedure, the Pro Bowl runner is being operated on by the same specialist who did outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney’s sports hernia surgery.
Meyers has performed thousands of these procedures, including on multiple professional athletes. So, Foster should be in good hands.
“Dr. Meyers performs a Bassini-type hernia repair that he has performed on hundreds of professional athletes who have suffered a sports hernia,” said Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, an orthopedic surgeon at Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group in California who does not treat Foster. “We published an article together in the ’90s regarding its effectiveness. Foster should be back to full form in two to three months depending on the details and spectrum of his injury.”
Foster was fantastic when healthy last season, but is dealing with a serious groin injury that will require surgery. We're assuming eight missed games until we get a more detailed estimate of his potential recovery time.
"I’m a better runner," Blue said, when asked what he's improved on. I’m more patient, learning from Arian and him mentoring me, critiquing me every day at practice. Just teaching me how he runs and what he’s seeing out there when he is running. I would say I’m much improved in that.”
We've so far been talking about Blue as mostly a first- and second-down back, but he's been working on being more versatile. A few months ago, Foster said he was working to turn Blue into a three-down back.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien agreed that Blue's running has improved and he also noted improvement in blocking and blitz pickups.
"Blue can play on third down in certain third-down situations, no doubt about it," O'Brien said.
The article says that Chris Polk will "definitely be in the mix,' and that the Texans don't view Jonathan Grimes as "just a third down back." Blue holds the lead at this point, but Polk is the most interesting prospect if he can stay healthy. He had back to back 1,400-yard seasons and owns a 4.7 YPC, but is already dealing with a strained hamstring in camp.
Texans RB Arian Foster will undergo surgery to repair torn groin in Philadelphia Friday. Dr. William Meyers will reattach muscle to the bone. Foster expected to be placed on short term injured reserve. He can return after Week 8 and will miss at least the first eight games.
Foster's injury is believed to require at least three months recovery, which may allow for a return in Week 10 after the team's Week 9 bye. But that's probably a best-case scenario. The Texans struck out trying to sign Pierre Thomas, who would have taken over passing down duties. Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes are now vying for snaps. Polk is the most intriguing prospect since he had two 1,400-yard seasons while in college and has had some success (4.7 YPC) in the NFL. Grimes also produced well in college, though he played for William & Mary, while Polk faced better competition while at Washington. Blue stepped in for Foster last year, but his career 3.1 YPC isn't very encouraging. However, he did fare better (3.74 YPC) in the six games in which he saw at least 10 carries.
Russini also said that Polk will get the first chance to "hold down the fort" while Arian Foster is out.
We believe Alfred Blue has the inside track, but Polk may be the better option. This is a position battle to watch closely this month. Polk had back to back 1400-yard rushing seasons while in college and owns a career 4.7 YPC in the NFL.
The Houston Texans aren't going to be able to replace Arian Foster with any free-agent pickup. But they did make a smart choice when they picked up the phone Tuesday in response to Foster's serious groin injury.
The story said Thomas is not an every down back, but did believe Thomas is the best of the backs on the market. Thomas has been one of the best passing down options in the league for his entire career. He's especially excellent on screen passes and was effective in 2014 with 4.9 yards-per-carry and 8.4 yards-per-catch. This could potentially hurt Alfred Blue's value a bit as Thomas would be a good fit for Houston in passing situations, but may also steal some carries.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source informed of the situation, that Foster suffered a major groin injury that will likely necessitate surgery. Foster will miss the start of the season, per Rapoport, and is almost certainly is headed to short-term injured reserve. ESPN.com first reported Foster's injury.
Foster finished Monday's practice on the sideline after he pulled up with a limp during a pass play.
This falls right in line with a report we had earlier today that the Foster groin injury was serious. This story went on to say Foster, 28, has missed 11 games over the past two seasons due to injuries and has dealt with groin issues in the past. He remains one of the NFL's top all-purpose running backs when on the field, however. He finished with 1,573 yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns in just 13 games for Houston in 2014. The Texans will move forward with a running back group that includes Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes. Blue would likely get a bulk of the carries without Foster in the picture. Polk is a bigger back who could be used in goal line or short yardage situations or as a change of pace.
Owners in early drafts will want to avoid Foster until Braddock’s report (of surgery) can be confirmed or denied. We’ve moved him down in our rankings, but there isn’t a lot of clarity about the severity of the injury at this point. Foster has a history of soft tissue injuries, but had a relatively healthy season in 2014. Alfred Blue should be the biggest beneficiary from Foster missing any potential games, but Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk are also in the mix. Blue saw 169 carries last year but only averaged 3.1 YPC. If Foster does indeed miss games, then the running back competition in Houston will be one to monitor this summer.
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:44am
Texans QB Brian Hoyer offers HC Bill O'Brien the more known quantity after starting 14 games for the Cleveland Browns last season, but he finished the year with a 1-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his last four games.
Ryan Mallett offers more upside, but he remains a relative unknown with just 79 career passing attempts. Even if Hoyer begins the season as starter, he could at some point give way to Mallett, much like he did late last season with Johnny Manziel.
Tom Savage remains a developmental project who can bide his time behind the other two.
Hoyer showed flashes, especially two years ago with the Browns before getting hurt, but last year struggled. If Hoyer wins the job he'll have a better running game to work with compared to Cleveland as Arian Foster is one of the top backs in the league. DeAndre Hopkins will be the featured target of the aerial attack. Cecil Shorts was limited by injuries and reduced opportunities in the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive youth movement, but he arrives as a versatile starting option. Third-round pick Jaelen Strong could carve out an early role as a possession receiver. Right now, the Texans QB starter only has streaming potential until we see more stability.
Texans RB Arian Foster’s early performance during offseason workouts has been encouraging. A season removed from back surgery, the veteran running back has been a full participant in workouts and stood out again Tuesday, during the first day of a three-day minicamp.
Foster averaged 22.9 touches per game (the 4th-highest workload in the league) and scored 0.79 fantasy points per touch (13th among the top 60 running backs). From a per game standpoint, he was #2 in standard formats and #4 in PPR, so he's still playing at a very high level when healthy. However, he missed three games in 2014 and eight more in 2013, and has only played 14 or more games once in his last four seasons.
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