The Houston Texans were just getting into training camp and were in their first fully padded practice, and they have already suffered what could be a humongous loss. According to a report from NFL.com, Arian Foster has suffered a groin injury that will force him to have surgery. It appears that he could return at some point this season, but this is just another tough blow for Foster and the Texans.
Foster is without question one of the best running backs in the NFL when he’s healthy. Unfortunately, health has been a major concern for him throughout most of his career.
Last season with the Texans, Foster ended up rushing for 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns on 260 carries. He also caught 38 passes for 327 yards and five touchdowns. Losing that type of impact player is going to give the Texans quite a bit of trouble to start the season, and they can’t afford to start slow being in the same division as the Indianapolis Colts.
At 28 years old, Foster is still in his prime and was expected to have a big season in 2015. Houston doesn’t have much of an aerial attack at this point in time with neither Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett being much more than a game manager. That being said, this injury will force head coach Bill O’Brien to figure out another way to get offensive production.
Hopefully Foster is able to recovery from this injury and get back on the field fairly early on in the season. There haven’t been any timetables put out about his injury yet, although groin injuries are very dangerous for running backs.
Expect to hear more news over the next couple weeks, and to hear a timetable thrown out in the next couple days.
If Foster does miss a good chunk of the season, Houston will more than likely miss the playoffs once again. They aren’t necessarily considered to be contenders right now, but they certainly have a stacked defense and were hoping that Foster could be their offensive workhorse. Now all the Texans can do is hope that Foster can get back on the field within the first few weeks of the regular season.
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