Arian Foster | RB | Houston Texans
Posted: 2/22/2014 8:54pm et
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said RB Arian Foster (back) is doing well in his recovery from back surgery.
Huddle Up: The good news is with new coach Bill O'Brien at the helm the Texans won't be anywhere close to as run-heavy as they've been in the past, so Foster's workload will be reduced. The bad news, of course, is that Foster is no longer a bankable fantasy workhorse, what with the high mileage, injury history and new regime.
Posted: 11/14/2013 12:23pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday, Nov. 13, that RB Arian Foster (back) will have surgery Thursday, Nov. 14, in California.
Huddle Up: Foster's 2013 season is over, so getting the surgery done as soon as possible will allow him more time to recover and rehab for 2014.
Posted: 11/12/2013 4:10pm et
The Houston Texans placed RB Arian Foster (back) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Huddle Up: As expected, the season is over for one of fantasy's highest-drafted backs, who's expected to undergo back surgery. It's now up to Ben Tate and Dennis Johnson to shoulder a rushing-game load that isn't what it once was as the 2-7 Texans are playing from behind a lot more these days.
Posted: 11/12/2013 12:00am et
Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips would not confirm nor deny that RB Arian Foster (back) will have surgery or is out for the season. Phillips said Monday, Nov. 11, that Foster has a disc issue, but does not know any more.
Huddle Up: Despite Phillips' silence, most all signs and reports point toward Foster's 2013 being done, and if his fantasy owners haven't already made alternate plans, it's definitely time.
Posted: 11/11/2013 12:31am et
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back) is scheduled to undergo back surgery in Los Angeles Thursday, Nov. 14.
Huddle Up: If he still happens to be available, pick up Dennis Johnson. What a bummer of a year for Arian Foster.
Posted: 11/8/2013 7:58pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster's back injury is worse than the back injury he dealt with during training camp. Foster is currently dealing with a lumbar issue in his back.
Huddle Up: We've likely seen the last of Foster for 2013. He's currently meeting with doctors and may need surgery on his back. Ben Tate will the Texans' starter going forward with Dennis Johnson serving as Houston's No. 2 back for the time being.
Posted: 11/8/2013 3:06pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back, hamstring) missed his third straight practice Friday, Nov. 8, and has been ruled out for Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals. Interim head coach Wade Phillips said Foster has seen multiple specialists for his back injury, but there is no timetable for his recovery. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that season-ending surgery is a possibility. RB Ben Tate will start and is expected to see the bulk of the workload. RB Dennis Johnson is expected to spell Tate, and Houston is leaning toward using RB Deji Karim as the third running back.
Huddle Up: Houston is experiencing one of those seasons where the news seems to flow from bad to worse. In the meantime, with the Texans doing likewise, Foster's fantasy owners need to start readying their own backup plans for the remainder of the season.
Posted: 11/7/2013 6:48pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.
Huddle Up: That's 2 missed practices this week for Foster, and it's starting to look like his Week 10 participation is in serious doubt. If so, that'll mean the RB will have had all of 4 carries for 11 yards since Week 6.
Posted: 11/6/2013 3:10pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 6, because of a back injury. Interim head coach Wade Phillips said Foster is meeting with doctors to have the injury diagnosed.
Huddle Up: It might be best to make alternate plans at running back this week.
Posted: 11/6/2013 12:16am et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back, hamstring) entered the Week 9 game with a hamstring issue, and left with a back injury. It's uncertain if the two are related, and whether he'll be forced to miss time as a result of the injury.
Huddle Up: Foster owners are in for another week of monitoring practice reports, but even if Foster is cleared to play Week 10, the Week 9 scenario could play itself out all over again with the RB leaving the action early.
Posted: 11/1/2013 3:19pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) practiced again Friday, Nov. 1, but will be a game-time decision in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: Foster's fantasy owners might be best served to go with another option now, given the Sunday night game time and the announcement that Ben Tate (ribs) will play in the game. Of course, that makes things rather simple if you own both Foster and Tate.
Posted: 10/31/2013 4:06pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) took all scheduled reps in practice Thursday, Oct. 31.
Huddle Up: That's 2 straight days of work now for Foster, but the official call on his Week 9 status is still upcoming.
Posted: 10/30/2013 6:00pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 30, but RB Ben Tate (ribs) practiced through four broken ribs.
Huddle Up: This could be problematic the longer Foster sits out. Keep an eye on him through Friday.
Posted: 10/30/2013 12:12pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) will be very limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 30, and will be a game-time decision in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Initially the Texans weren't optimistic about Foster's availability this week, but Foster has said he'll be ready. Unless he gets in at least one full practice this week it would be tough to trust him with a fantasy start Sunday night against the Colts. Instead, expect some sort of committee approach between Foster, the equally banged-up Ben Tate, and recently signed Deji Karim.
Posted: 10/29/2013 10:12am et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) said Monday, Oct. 28, that he expects to practice this week. 'Opened up pretty good (Monday),' Foster said. 'So I expect to practice this week and push towards playing.' Head coach Gary Kubiak added that a decision on Foster is likely to come later in the week after far as playing Sunday, Nov. 3, against the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: The Texans have a couple of banged-up backs, but the news on Foster sounds positive. The alternative to Foster and his bad hammy is Ben Tate and his broken ribs or newly signed Deji Karim. Hopefully we'll know more heading into the weekend, but given Kubiak's track record Foster's fantasy owners can expect this to be a game-time decision.
Posted: 10/28/2013 1:53pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 28. He said he expects the recovery from his hamstring injury to occur quickly and expects to practice this week.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on him this week, but it sounds like Foster will be a go based on his thoughts on practice.
Posted: 10/21/2013 2:55pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) has what is being described as a minor hamstring pull. It will not be known if he misses any time until at least Wednesday or Thursday of this week.
Huddle Up: Nothing new here. Keep an eye through the next few days to see if he will miss any time.
Posted: 10/21/2013 12:37am et
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) said Sunday, Oct. 20, that he doesn't feel the hamstring injury he suffered in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs is serious. 'It's a hamstring,' Foster said. 'It doesn't seem too severe right now, so we will just play it out. I have a bye week coming. It's tough.'
Huddle Up: That's good to hear. Of course, the last injury Foster had was a calf injury that took a month to heal. Keep an eye on his situation.
Posted: 9/30/2013 6:19pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he was impressed with how RB Arian Foster looked during practice last week and was happy with how he played Week 4. Kubiak said Foster is starting to look like he did last season.
Huddle Up: It was especially impressive that it came against the Seahawks. After three weeks of mediocre results, it seems that Foster is indeed back to form. The buy-low window has closed.
Posted: 9/13/2013 8:55pm et
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate isn't happy being behind RB Arian Foster on the running back depth chart despite outplaying his counterpart in Week 1 versus the San Diego Chargers. 'I would be lying to you if I told you that I embraced the complement role to someone else,' Tate said. 'That's not why I wanted to be in the NFL. That's not my dream to complement someone else. That's not what my attitude or why I work out is to complement someone else.'
Huddle Up: It's not surprising Tate wants to be a lead back and he would be on a lot of other teams. Tate actually played better than Foster in the opener. He rushed for 55 yards on nine carries, compared to Foster's 57 yards on 18 carries. Tate could see a few more touches in Week 2 but he's still the second option in Houston. He remains nothing more than a dicey flex play unless something happens to Foster.
Posted: 9/11/2013 2:06pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he wants to limit RB Arian Foster's workload early in the season, but the team has every intention of keeping him as the lead running back this year.
Huddle Up: Foster did incur the bulk of the workload on Monday night, despite his overall ineffectiveness. He'll improve as the season goes along, but Ben Tate will retain some value here.
Posted: 9/10/2013 10:29pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said the team will continue to split carries between RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate similarly to how they did in the Week 1 victory over the San Diego Chargers. 'I wish it would have come out a little more closer to even; I think I said that after the game,' Kubiak said of their split Monday night in San Diego. 'Obviously, it was Arian's first time out this year. He didn't play any in the preseason. I think Ben's had an excellent preseason. I want to keep it somewhat close right now and watch them working to (see) what's going on.' Foster had 18 carries for 57 yards and Tate had nine carries for 55 yards against the Chargers.
Huddle Up: Tate continues to be the most valuable handcuff back in fantasy, but this is unwelcome news for Foster's owners even though the decreased workload should benefit the RB over the long haul this season.
Posted: 9/10/2013 1:54am et
Houston Texans' RB Arian Foster carried 18 times for 57 yards and added 33 more yards on 6 catches Monday, Sept. 9, in the team's come-from-behind win over the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Coach Gary Kubiak said No. 2 RB Ben Tate would get close to 50 percent of the workload after Foster sat out the entire preseason with calf and back issues, but Tate only had nine rushes and two catches for 62 total yards -- giving Foster more than two-thirds of the touches. That's about what to expect going forward, and now Foster owners can concern themselves with the RB's rare game without a TD as QB Matt Schaub threw three inside-the-10 TDs to tight ends Monday night.
Posted: 9/7/2013 7:54pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate will share carries Week 1 because the team wants to keep Foster fresh during the game. 'We're going to rotate,' Kubiak said. 'First off, I think Arian's condition is excellent. His practice this week has been just excellent. He's a worker - that's why he plays well - and I've been impressed by how he's held up. But I think it's early in the season; I don't know how warm it's going to be up there. But I think we're smart to play them both and obviously we'll see how Arian holds up from that standpoint. But I don't think we're looking at the majority load that we maybe look at when he's rolling.'
Huddle Up: Foster has been dealing with injuries all summer, so this isn't surprising or anything that hasn't already been reported. Foster should still be started in all formats, he probably just won't get his usual 20-25 carry workload. Tate is in the mix as a flex play this week, depending on the size of your league and who else is on your roster.
Posted: 9/5/2013 8:53pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (calf) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.
Huddle Up: Foster will play in Week 1 but after missing the entire preseason he's expected to share the workload with No. 2 back Ben Tate in the nightcap of Monday night's doubleheader.
Posted: 8/30/2013 10:03pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Friday, Aug. 30, that RB Arian Foster (back, calf) won't be a '30-carry guy' in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers because he didn't play during the preseason.
Huddle Up: Foster will rotate with Ben Tate while he gets back into football shape. After carrying the ball more than any running back in the NFL over the last three years and battling injuries all summer, the days of Foster getting 390 touches in a season are over.
Posted: 8/27/2013 10:31am et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster won't play in the final preseason game this week.
Huddle Up: Foster will miss the entire preseason due to calf and back issues, but he claims to be fresh and ready to go when the games matter. Meanwhile, his fantasy stock has slid towards the bottom of the first round and Ben Tate has become the most vital handcuff on the board.
Posted: 8/22/2013 12:01am et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back, calf) said Wednesday, Aug. 21, that he will be ready for the regular season opener Monday, Sept. 9, against the San Diego Chargers. 'Yeah, I'll be ready,' Foster said.
Huddle Up: Foster has been dealing with calf and back injuries since May but he was activated off active/PUP Wednesday. He's been falling out of the first round in some fantasy drafts recently because of injury concerns. Foster has seen a huge workload over the last three years and he enters the season banged up. However, once a back with his talents and history of production slips to Round 2, owners have to roll the dice and pull the trigger on him.
Posted: 8/21/2013 1:20pm et
The Houston Texans will activate RB Arian Foster (back, calf) from the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: All those who already own Foster in their leagues can breathe a bit easier today. Granted, this doesn't mean he is free and clear to start in Week 1, but this is an excellent sign.
Posted: 8/19/2013 5:15pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak fully expects RB Arian Foster (back) to be ready for the season opener Sept. 9 against the San Diego Chargers. Foster was unable to practice Monday, Aug. 19. 'Yes I am because I watch him work,' Kubiak said. 'I've been watching him. He's basically going through practices or has been since we've been in camp on his own with Jeff. Obviously, there's been a little setback as we try to get some soreness out of him. But from what I've seen, yes. It's not like he's been standing around for the last three weeks. Obviously, we want to get him back out here as quick as I can.'
Huddle Up: This runs contrary to recent reports saying the Texans were worried Foster might be out for Week 1. His value is slipping, which could just mean you will get a great value for him later in the first round.
Posted: 8/18/2013 8:48pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back) needs a few more days to recover after receiving injections to alleviate back soreness. Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Foster's back pain has gone into his legs.
Huddle Up: First the offseason calf injury and now this. We may not have medical degrees but lingering/spreading back pain doesn't sound good, especially when the legs of one of fantasy's top back are being affected. Most definitely follow the developments if you own one of the top picks in your draft.
Posted: 8/13/2013 12:27pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said RB Arian Foster is fine, but still bothered by back tightness.
Huddle Up: Every day Foster remains sidelined, Ben Tate's fantasy value goes up. Except, you know, when Tate is hurt as well. Still too early to panic, but Foster is slipping into the middle of the first round since he hasn't been able to practice yet this preseason.
Posted: 8/10/2013 10:47pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said RB Arian Foster (back, calf) is close to participating in practice.
Huddle Up: Foster has been dealing with his calf injury all summer, so it will be a relief to fantasy owners to see him back on the field soon. Foster is still going in the Top 5 in most fantasy drafts but his lingering injuries are becoming a concern.
Posted: 8/7/2013 6:01pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he will pleased with the work RB Arian Foster (back, calf) has done with the trainers but indicated the team will take its time with Foster and make sure he is healthy.
Huddle Up: Foster doesn't need to be practicing right now, but the fact the Texans are taking this much time with him is a bit concerning. Foster has gotten so many touches over the past three seasons that he has become a bit of a risk in fantasy leagues. Monitor his injury status over the next week or two.
Posted: 8/2/2013 11:27am et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster will come off the Physically Unable to Perform list and begin practicing Sunday, Aug. 4.
Huddle Up: Perfect timing for the Texans, as would-be backup Ben Tate missed Friday's practice with a groin injury. Foster's return to action should halt his slide from the upper echelon of the running back rankings.
Posted: 7/30/2013 12:44am et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he hopes RB Arian Foster (calf) will be able to practice at some point during the middle of this week. Foster is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: While nothing we've heard so far out of Houston indicates that Foster won't be toting his normal full load in Week 1, fantasy GMs need to follow this storyline closer than most with the RB a projected sure-fire No. 1 pick.
Posted: 7/26/2013 6:13pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he believes RB Arian Foster will be able to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list in the near future. Kubiak said he was surprised that Foster was not ready to practice but indicated the training staff believes they need to work with Foster for a few days to get into a routine.
Huddle Up: Right now there are no concerns that Foster will be in any way limited by the time the games (and stats) begin to count. However, it does make handcuffing Ben Tate to Foster on fantasy teams even more of a must.
Posted: 7/12/2013 2:13am et
Houston Texans running backs coach Chick Harris said RB Arian Foster is determined to reach his goals in 2013. "I think Arian is more determined than ever to reach his goals of being better than last year and obtaining more yards in both the passing game and run game," Harris said. "He knows what he did the year before. He did not attain the amount of yards that he had prior so therefore he's gunning for it."
Huddle Up: Foster did rush for more yards in 2012 (1,424) than in 2011 (1,224), but his receiving yardage was way down from 617 to 217, resulting in 200 fewer total yards. Look for his receiving yardage to climb back over 500 yards in 2013.
Posted: 6/17/2013 11:40am et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster said he'll most likely be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Uh... "most likely"? That sound you here is Ben Tate creeping up fantasy draft boards as a must-handcuff. Still plenty of time before you need to hit the panic button, but given Foster's mileage, Tate's talent, and the Texans' fondness for running the football it's a situation that warrants your attention.
Posted: 5/29/2013 5:36pm et
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said RB Arian Foster will not participate until training camp begins. Foster is currently using crutches but should be fine.
Huddle Up: Foster is dealing with a calf strain. Nothing to worry about now; if he's still on crutches in August, sound the alarms and bump Ben Tate up your fantasy cheat sheet.
Posted: 5/29/2013 11:46am et
Updating previous reports, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster has been diagnosed with a strained calf.
Huddle Up: There's no reason for the Texans to push their workhorse in May. Ben Tate can get some reps with the first team in minicamp, and Foster can return to action when it matters this fall.
Posted: 5/28/2013 11:38pm et
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (calf) left the team's practice Tuesday. May, 28 with a calf strain.
Huddle Up: Teammates have said the injury doesn't appear to be anything to be concerned about, but the team, naturally, is going to take every precaution with one of the game's most productive backs. In all, Foster has only missed 3 games -- all in 2011 -- since becoming the Texans' starter in 2010.