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Arian Foster's back surgery not 'as major as it sounded'
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 11:13am

Bleacher Report - [Full Article]

Texans RB Arian Foster is coming off surgery for a herniated disc. "I can tell you the surgery wasn't as major as it sounded," said Foster. "That's why I rebounded so quickly. I also worked my ass off. I'm expecting to do bigger things and bounce back."

Fantasy Impact:

Will turn 28 before the season so he's just past the prime of a RB, which is typically at age 27. Foster's value heading into 2014 is a bit up in the air since there's a new regime in Houston. He figures to be the team's bellcow, but a new offense and his injury history will have fantasy owners a bit wary heading into draft season.


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Texans sign Andre Brown
Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:01pm - [Full Article]

The loss of Ben Tate has left a significant hole in the Houston Texans backfield, especially given starting running back Arian Foster’s injury history, so the team is looking for a relatively cheap replacement.

Enter Andre Brown, formerly of the New York Giants, who visited the Texans on Monday and agreed to terms on a deal with the team, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown will back up Arian Foster and offer some insurance in case Foster's injuries catch up with him.

Arian Foster says he's been medically cleared to play
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 11:45am

Arian Foster, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans RB Arian Foster (back) tweeted that he's been medically cleared by his physician.

Fantasy Impact:

Foster's health is obviously a concern. He has missed 11 games in the last three years, but did play a full season in 2012 and no longer has Ben Tate to worry about. After finishing in the top 2 in fantasy points per game from 2010 to 2012, he was #19 in that category in 2013. There is a new regime in Houston, so Foster's usage is a bit up in the air. Still, he has been one of the most productive RBs in the league when healthy and is a candidate for a bounceback season.

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:31pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Texans running back Arian Foster's rehab is going well, general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien said Friday.

"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.

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:46am - [Full Article]

Expect Ray Rice to return to his marquee position in the Ravens offense.

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

“Our goal is to get him going, and he’s excited to get going and put last year behind him.”

Kubiak shared the carries between Arian Foster and backup Ben Tate in Houston. And he’ll do the same in Baltimore with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.

“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.”

Fantasy Impact:

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 - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans will now have to address the QB situation, and they are expected to use the No. 1 overall pick on Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater. Arian Foster's back is another concern, as Ben Tate hits free agency this year and isn't expected to return.

Monday, November 25, 2013, 8:17pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

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.”

Fantasy Impact:

With Tate banged up, it will be hard for the Texans not to take a look at Johnson, especially when you factor in Tate will likely leave next season and the team will need a reliable backup for Arian Foster. Tate will be a risky start as anything other than a RB3 or a flex.

Arian Foster undergoes back surgery
Friday, November 15, 2013, 10:56am

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

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).”

Fantasy Impact:

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

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

With running back Arian Foster scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a disk in his back, Ben Tate will have to continue to carry the load, despite playing with four broken ribs.

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.”

Fantasy Impact:

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

Texans Inactives
Arian Foster RB
Andrew Gardner T
Ray Graham RB
Tim Jamison DE
Mike Mohamed LB
Cody White G
T.J. Yates QB

Fantasy Impact:

Ben Tate gets the start at RB. Dennis Johnson will back him up.

Arian Foster to have season-ending back surgery
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 9:29am - [Full Article]

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has decided to have season-ending surgery for a bulging disk in his back, sources told ESPN.

Foster was expected to meet with the Texans in the next day or two to help determine how soon he should have the surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

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