Lingering Arian Foster’ Injury Could Derail Houston Texans Season

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Arian Foster has been the heart and soul of the Houston Texans offense over the past few seasons. He has touched the ball over 1,100 times since the start of 2010, which has caused many to worry about his ability to continue shouldering the load in the immediate future.

While still only 26 years old, the tread on Foster’s tires may have started to catch up with him.

The Pro Bowl running back, who was held out of offseason activities with a calf injury, is now sitting out with back soreness and is currently receiving injections to relieve the pain.

Head coach Gary Kubiak had the following to say about Foster’s condition, per ESPN:

He’s had some injections to try to alleviate some of the soreness… The way I understand it we’re trying to [work through] the injection process.

According to the ESPN report, Houston will evaluate Foster again on Tuesday.

This isn’t alarming in the grand scheme of things, but it could be a continual issue for the defending AFC South Champions. With the up-and-coming Indianapolis Colts breathing down its neck, Houston needs all hands on deck in order to fend off a run for the division.

If Foster is slowed down into the season, the onus will be placed on a marginal starting quarterback in the form of Matt Schaub to get the job done on the offensive side of the ball. Does Schaub have the ability to pick his game up and help Houston avoid a major letdown if Foster is hampered by what has been a series of injury issues? We cannot be entirely sold on that idea at this point.

Foster’s primary backup at running back, Ben Tate, attempted just 65 rushes in 11 games last season. He is two years removed from tallying nearly 1,000 yards on the ground, but there is no telling what type of player we will see in 2013. If Tate’s performance is more similar to last season, Houston’s offense will become more pass heavy than Kubiak and Co. would like.

This apparently innocent tweet from Adam Schefter on Sunday night could mean more than most originally anticipated.

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Depending on how long it will take Foster to work through this injury, Houston could be looking at a mediocre .500 season in 2013. It relies too much on his running ability to be taken seriously if he is not in the fold.

Let’s hope for the Texans’ sake, Foster will be ready to go sooner rather than later.

 

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle every Wednesday. He’s also a former league-wide featured columnist at Bleacher Report.