And Texans Nation breathes a collective sigh of relief: Arian Foster is back.
The Houston Texans removed RB Foster from the Physically Unable to Perform (“PUP”) list for Wednesday’s practice. Foster was last on the field in OTAs in May. Since then he has suffered from both a calf strain and a back injury that has sidelined him for the majority of training camp and both preseason games. It is unlikely that Foster will suit up for Sunday’s preseason matchup against the Saints. However, head coach Gary Kubiak is pleased with Foster’s progress so far.
Not much information has been provided about the extent of Foster’s back injury (disc irritation), but for a key member of the Texans’ backfield, back injuries are nothing to play with. The Texans expect Foster to ramp up progressively in the coming days and are cautiously optimistic about his ability to start in the September 9 season opener in San Diego.
Much has been made about Foster’s capabilities after missing so much time in the offseason. Luckily for the Texans, RB Ben Tate has made a strong showing throughout camp and is poised to start the remaining preseason games and possibly the home opener. As a pair, Foster and Tate were incredibly difficult to defend at the beginning of last season. However, Tate was crippled by injuries throughout the majority of the season leaving the work up to Foster. Tate also suffered a minor groin injury in the beginning of August, but does not seem to be suffering from any residual effects.