For the last week it has looked like Houston Texans running back Arian Foster would actually recover from his injured hamstring in time to play in the team’s Week 1 opener on Sunday. Well, that may have just changed.
Foster has missed three straight days of practice, including Friday’s session. That’s bad news. Today he was slapped with the “questionable” tag, and the Texans appear to be prepared to start Derrick Ward against the Colts in a big AFC South showdown.
This is bad news for the Texans, but at the same time, they need Foster healthy if they hope to make a playoff run this season. Foster led the NFL in rushing in 2010, and hamstring injuries can linger if they don’t heal completely. Sitting Foster on Sunday is probably the right move.
Ward and Ben Tate are likely to share carries if Foster doesn’t play, and they should be a suitable combination. In Foster’s absence the Texans will also rely heavily on quarterback Matt Schaub and receiver Andre Johnson.
With the Colts missing Peyton Manning and likely to struggle to find an offensive rhythm without him, the Texans may not need Foster this week anyway.
If you’re a fantasy football type, and have Foster you might want to sit him. Even if he sees action it probably won’t be much.