Arian Foster Injury: Updates on Houston Texans Running Back's Status

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 28, 2013

Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster was forced to leave practice in May after suffering a strained calf, according to Texans insider Nick Scurfield via Twitter. He has also been dealing with a sore back, but is expected to be ready for the team's season opener against the Chargers on Sept. 9.


UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30, at 11:51 p.m. ET

ESPN's Tania Ganguli has the latest on Foster:

"Obviously I don't think Arian is going to be a 30-carry guy opening night without camp," Kubiak said. "But he got good work last week. This is going to be a good week for him because we've actually got two extra days that can get us a couple extra padded practices before we start our week.

"Us opening on Monday should be beneficial to Arian, but we know [backup running back] Ben [Tate] is ready to go. He's had a great preseason and between the two of them, we've got to do it well. We obviously have to sit there and have a plan for Arian, being his first time out."

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 8:40 a.m. ET

Brian T. Smith and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle confirm that Arian Foster won't play in the Texans' final preseason game and passed along a statement from the star running back:

The NFL leader in rushing attempts (351) and touchdowns (17) last season won’t play Thursday in the preseason finale against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington and so will miss all four preseason games while recovering from calf and back injuries...

... 'I’m not a huge fan of preseason,' [Arian] Foster said. 'But I feel like I’ll be ready for Sept. 9. I know game speed. I just have to get myself back and acclimated for football. But I’ll be fine.'

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UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 23, at 2:00 p.m ET

From Deepi Sidhu of

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 9:01 p.m. ET 

Arian Foster had some telling remarks when talking about the preseason and his injury according to (via Associated Press):

"I'm not a huge fan of preseason. I feel like I'll be ready for Sept. 9 without (it). I've just got to get myself acclimated. I know my body and I knew it wasn't a huge issue. I had to give it time."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 3:05 p.m. ET 

From CSN's James Palmer:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 2:33 p.m. ET

From Texans TV host Drew Dougherty:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 12:59 a.m. ET

From Adam Schefter of ESPN:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 9:30 a.m. ET

From's Ian Rapoport:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 19, at 4:12 p.m. ET

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle has the latest from Gary Kubiak has the latest on Arian Foster, who the coach believes will be ready for the team's season opener.

“I am, because I watch him work,” Kubiak said at the Texans’ practice facility. “I’ve been watching him — he’s basically going through practice or has been since we’ve been in camp on his own with (head trainer) Geoff (Kaplan). And, obviously, there’s been a little setback as we try to get the soreness out of him. But from what I’ve seen, yes, because it’s not like he’s been standing around for the last three weeks.”

Kubiak said that if he had an official date for Foster’s return, “I’d give it you.”

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UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 18, at 4:04 p.m. ET

From John McClain of the Houston Chronicle

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15, at 12:38 p.m. ET

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle has the latest on Arian Foster:

Texans coach Gary Kubiak said today he hopes to get running back Arian Foster, who’s sidelined with a sore back, on the practice field Monday.

The coaches would like for Foster to get a few carries in the third preseason game against the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 25, to prepare him for the regular-season opener at San Diego. The Saints game will be nationally-televised from Reliant Stadium.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 11:10 a.m. ET

From Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 4, at 11:30 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

From the Houston Texans:

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UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 2, at 9:00 a.m ET by Sam Westmoreland

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle has the latest on Foster's status:

Texans running back Arian Foster is expected to come off the physically unable to perform list and resume practicing Sunday, coach Gary Kubiak said.

Foster suffered a severe calf strain early during organized team activities in May and has been rehabbing the injury ever since. The Texans have been cautious with Foster, not wanting to turn the injury into a season-long problem. But Foster appears to be close to 100 percent based on the work he’s doing with the training staff.

“We’ll see how he does,” Kubiak said.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 1, at 5:49 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford reporter Drew Dougherty has an update on Foster's status:

The 2012 NFL touchdown king suffered a calf injury during OTA’s, and has been rehabbing. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak spoke with the media after Thursday afternoon’s practice inside the Houston Methodist Training Center, and was optimistic about a return for the Pro Bowl running back.

“We’re hoping Arian’s a participant in practice on Sunday,” Kubiak said. “We’ll see how he does.”

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 30, at 12:16 a.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith commented on Arian Foster's status in an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson.

"We want to make sure that he is totally 100 percent ready. So he's very close," Smith said. "We are just making sure that he is ready to go when we let him loose. We are being cautious and taking that slowly, but I have no worries that that is going to be something that he is going to have to deal with."

Texans coach Gary Kubiak told ESPN on Monday that Foster might be activated as soon as the middle of this week.

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, at 11:50 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

National Football Post's Aaron Wilson has the latest on Arian Foster:

Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster shouldn't be on the sidelines too much longer...

'I thought he'd be ready to go, but ( trainer) just thinks he needs a few days with them to work into the routine,' coach Gary Kubiak told reporters. 'But he's had a good summer; he's been here every day. I expect him back pretty quickly.'

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UPDATE: Saturday, July 27 at 2:35 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the latest on Foster's recovery. 

It’s no longer the slow time, but Foster still isn’t practicing.  So it’s becoming a more significant story.

On Saturday, Foster ensured it will be a story until the muscle heals.

“Sometimes muscle injuries can linger,” Foster said, via quotes distributed by the team.  ”You can’t play through it.  It’s not like playing through a broken collarbone.  I have played through a lot of things, but this is just something you can’t and there’s no reason to right now.  I’m just going to take my time and when I feel 100 percent confident, I’ll be ready.”

He said that he still has “light soreness” in the leg, but that he ”can do pretty much everything, so I’m just going to take it day-by-day.”

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 17, at 6:55 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Adam Schefter of provides the latest update regarding Foster's calf injury:

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle spoke with coach Gary Kubiak about Foster's status:

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UPDATE: Monday, June 17, at 10:40 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Arian Foster (calf) expects to be ready for training camp. FOX Sports' Ross Jones has the latest:

'Yeah, it’s going good man,' Foster told in an exclusive interview on the set of a Foot Locker Under Armour commercial. 'It’s just a small calf strain. News is dry in the offseason, so it made headlines.'

When asked if he’ll be ready for training camp, Foster quipped: 'Yeah, more than likely.'

While the calf strain isn’t that serious, Foster’s recovery has been aided by spending time inside a hyperbaric chamber.

'I try to get in there once a day. I try to get in there for 45 minutes or an hour or two hours. Some guys believe in it, some guys don’t.'

'It creates the white blood cells in your body and helps with oxygen flow to promote the healing process and recovery. I feel like it works.'

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 29th, at 2:03 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to the Houston Chronicle's Tania Ganguli, Gary Kubiak says Foster will be out until training camp:

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The Texans' official Twitter account confirmed the injury and announced that Foster is expected to bounce back:

According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, the three-time Pro Bowler had to be treated with ice and carted off the practice field: 

While it's never a good thing for a player to be carted off any field, in Foster's case, it seems it could have been much worse. 

Foster, an All-Pro in 2010 and 2011, missed three games during the 2011 regular season while battling a hamstring injury. He still managed to rush for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns that season, eventually leading the Texans to a playoff win at home over the Cincinnati Bengals that year.

One of the league's most dominant and durable backs, Foster rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns on 351 carries last season, ranking first in the NFL in 2012 in rushing touchdowns and sixth in rushing yards. 

He rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns this past postseason, helping Houston reach the divisional round of the AFC playoffs for the second straight year. 

A New Mexico native, Foster played college football at Tennessee before going undrafted in 2009.

He holds the current Texans franchise record for career rushing yards (4,521) and touchdowns (44) heading into the 2013 season.

Foster burst onto the scene with Houston in 2010, when he led the league in rushing, racking up 1,616 yards and 16 touchdowns. He averages 4.5 yards per carry for his NFL career and will turn 27 this coming August.


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