Arian Foster Injury: Updates on Texans Star's Status and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2014

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster laughs during NFL football training camp Monday, July 28, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4

James Palmer of CSN Houston provides an update on Arian Foster's Week 1 status:

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2

James Palmer of CSN Houston passed along comments from Arian Foster about his health leading up to the Texans' season opener:

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle also passed along more from Foster:

Asked about the inactivity during preseason causing him to be rusty against the Redskins, Foster said, “There’s are pros and cons, but life’s about balance.

“I feel like it could go both ways. If you’re a veteran player who understands how the game is played, it can work to your advantage. It can work to your advantage taking hits off in the preseason.

“On the flip side, it gets you used to the load you’re going to carry in the season. You just have to play the cards you’re dealt.”

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21

James Palmer of CSN reports that Foster is practicing today:

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20

Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle has the latest on Foster:

 But Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Brian Cushing were among those who increased their activity Tuesday, during the first of three joint practices between the Texans and Broncos. Foster often ran with the Texans’ first team and displayed his normal acceleration, while Johnson and Cushing saw some first-team activity.

“They practiced more than they had and it’s a good sign for our football team,” O’Brien said.

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13

Following practice, Bill O'Brien spoke on the chances of Arian Foster playing in the Texans' next preseason game (via Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston):

Earlier, Zangaro provided an update on Arian Foster's injury:

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle notes that Foster is taking part in drills:

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports Arian Foster's status for today's practice:

Updates from Monday, Aug. 11

The Texans passed along Bill O'Brien's thought on Arian Foster as he tries to recover to full health:

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10

Deepi Sidhu of provides an update on Arian Foster's status from Texans head coach Bill O'Brien:

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7

Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston updated Arian Foster's status:

Updates from Saturday, Aug. 2

James Palmer of CSN Houston has the latest on Foster's status:

Updates from Friday, Aug. 1

The Texans official Twitter feed has head coach Bill O'Brien's take on Foster:

Brian T. Smith of The Houston Chronicle has the latest on Foster:

Arian Foster was back in warmups Friday, sitting out another Texans training camp practice.

Foster returned to action Wednesday. But the star running back has now missed three of four workouts while dealing with an undisclosed injury.

Updates from Wednesday, July 30

Mark Berman of Fox 26 provides comments from Arian Foster:

Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle passes along thoughts from coach Bill O'Brien:

Tania Ganguli of ESPN provides more from O'Brien:

"We follow the direction of Geoff Kaplan and then our doctors and what they say on each player," O'Brien said. "But you know, guys that have played a lot of years like an Andre Johnson, that’s a guy that you’re going to definitely listen to how he feels before you put him back out there."

Brett Coomer of the Houston Chronicle posted a picture of Foster from practice:

Zangaro reports that the running back had limited action in practice on Wednesday:

Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston has the latest on Foster:

Updates from Tuesday, July 29

Tania Ganguli of ESPN reported on Arian Foster's status:

While saying he wasn't worried about it, Andre Johnson said on Monday the most important thing for him going forward was to take care of the hamstring that tightened up when he made a diving catch during practice. 

Today, that meant one more day without Johnson on the field. Running back Arian Foster also missed practice, which marks two-and-a half consecutive morning practices he's missed. Foster missed the final hour of Sunday's morning training camp practice and then missed Monday's altogether. 

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At this point in the NFL offseason, the only thing that truly matters is limiting or preventing injuries. Arian Foster and the Houston Texans are finding that out the hard way, as Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle noted:

Star running back Arian Foster was held out of action.

Coach Bill O’Brien said both injuries were minor.

The team has not revealed what is affecting Foster, who has not spoken with the media since offseason workouts began and again denied an interview request Monday.

The other injury Bill O’Brien was referring to was Andre Johnson’s hamstring issue, but it was Foster’s absence that jumped out at practice Monday, largely because the nature of the injury was unknown.

O’Brien had some reassuring words though for Texans fans, via Smith: "He’s dealing with something. He’ll be fine. He’ll be back. It’s a minor deal. You know, it’s a long season. He’ll be out there."

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Foster initially exited practice early Sunday, which makes his absence all the more interesting from Monday. The Texans went full contact in pads at times during practice, so holding out their star running back was probably in the team’s best interest at this point.

Foster has been in the league since 2009 and certainly understands how to manage his body and any lingering injuries at this point of his career. There is no real need to push things to the limit in late July.

Stay tuned for more updates as they develop.


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