Arian Foster Fantasy News
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:31pm
"He's working hard, he's in the building, he's in the training room consistently," Smith said. "The reports I'm getting from Geoff [Kaplan, head trainer] indicate he's going to be fine."
Foster struggled with several injuries last season, starting with a calf strain during organized team activities then a back injury that healed in time for him to start the regular season. Foster also dealt with a hamstring injury and then finally a back injury which knocked him out for the rest of the season when he decided to have surgery.
Foster's back injury required microscopic lumbar disectomy surgery, which was performed by Robert Watkins in California in November.
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Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:46am
With Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s run-first offense, Rice will see plenty of action in 2014. And the offense’s success will largely rest on his stocky legs.
“I think as he goes, we’ll go,” Kubiak said of Rice in an interview with BaltimoreRavens.com.
“Our goal is to get him going, and he’s excited to get going and put last year behind him.”
“I think in this league nowadays you need a couple of guys,” Kubiak said. “It’s hard to hand it to one guy 30 times a game; they just get worn down. It’ll take both of them. They’re very talented and if we can get both of them going, the better we’ll be.”
The article doesn't really shed a ton of light on the situation, other than the fact that Kubiak seems committed to getting Rice going again. But then he compares Pierce to Arian Foster. Rice looked like an "old" 26 year-old, but said after the season that he struggled all year with a hip injury.
Texans to hire PSU's Bill O'Brien
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 11:17am
Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans have agreed to a deal to make O’Brien the team’s new coach, according to multiple reports. The move will be announced officially on Thursday, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reported.
Monday, November 25, 2013, 8:17pm
Ben Tate rushed seven times for just one yard Sunday during the Texans’ 13-6 home loss to Jacksonville.
Despite undrafted rookie Dennis Johnson showing life (13 carries, 74 yards) and Tate still dealing with four cracked ribs, coach Gary Kubiak said the Texans will continue to initially rely on Tate against the New England Patriots.
“There were a couple of times where there really wasn’t any room for (Tate). I don’t know if he ever got in a rhythm with what he’s doing,” Kubiak said Monday at Reliant Stadium. “We know what he’s battling through. He’s not practicing during the week; he’s just playing on Sundays. So I know that’s tough from that standpoint. But we definitely appreciate with some of the things going on. The young guy, D.J., was running so well. He did some good things, so we gave him some more opportunities. I think Ben will bounce back.”
Arian Foster undergoes back surgery
Friday, November 15, 2013, 10:56am
Running back Arian Foster underwent back surgery in California on Thursday, but the Texans provided no information other than coach Gary Kubiak saying, “His surgery went well, and that’s about all I know. I don’t normally have any more particulars on it. (He’ll) start the recovery process (now).”
It will be interesting to see how the Texans handle Foster, who is signed through 2016, and pending free agent Ben Tate, who is two years younger and has a higher career YPC (4.9 to 4.5). If Tate runs well down the stretch, the Texans could have a RB controversy on their hands. If Foster's surgery goes well, the club could probably find a trade partner, though his contract is sizable.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:58am
Tate carried 15 times for 56 yards in Sunday’s 27-24 loss at Arizona. He wanted to carry the ball more. He’s playing with pain but learning to deal with it.
“There’s not much you can do,” he said today. “It’s just the same thing each week.”
Tate added that it is getting easier to play and deal with the ribs. He has yet to miss time because of the injury. Tate will likely get a bulk of the carries going forward as long as he can tolerate any pain. Dennis Johnson had just four carries for seven yards last week.
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 3:10pm
Arian Foster to have season-ending back surgery
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 9:29am
Foster was expected to meet with the Texans in the next day or two to help determine how soon he should have the surgery.
Arian Foster should head to IR later this week and is droppable in all redraft leagues. With Foster on the shelf, Ben Tate will continue to carry the load with Dennis Johnson, Ray Graham and Deji Karim behind him on the depth chart. Tate is playing with four broken ribs himself and is a free agent at the end of this season.
Ben Tate expects to play Week 10
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9:55am
Less than 24 hours later, Tate was feeling the pain of his commitment.
“It hurts pretty bad, man,” Tate said.
The four broken ribs he played with left him walking lightly Monday, saying it’s “hard to breathe and laugh.”
“I like to tell jokes. … Maybe by Friday,” said Tate, who plans to play Sunday at Arizona.
It sounds pretty painful, so it may not be a bad idea to get backup RB Dennis Johnson, who could be in line for increased work especially if Arian Foster isn't able to play after leaving Sunday night's game with a back injury. Tate carried 22 times vs. Indy in Week 9 with Johnson getting eight carries.
Monday, November 4, 2013, 1:23pm
Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:26am
Texans RB Arian Foster wasn't interested in even acknowledging that he had been asked a question as he walked through the locker room Sunday night. He declined other media requests as well, maintaining his trend from the prior week during which he declined interview requests on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Prior left Sunday night's game with what the team called a back injury.
As the story points out, sometimes when players dodge the media, it's because they are frustrated about their own health. Foster should be. This, after all, is a separate injury than what was ailing him for the past two weeks. For two weeks it was a hamstring that kept him out of practices. Ben Tate, still recovering from his four broken ribs, and undrafted rookie Dennis Johnson were left to carry the load after Foster left. However, it didn't help owners who went with Foster when learning he would be active.