The return of Arian Foster will be a sight to see on Sunday when the Houston Texans have their home opener hosting the Washington Redskins. Foster missed the last eight games with a back issue that required surgery and landed him on the injured reserve. What was overlooked in 2013 was that Foster averaged 4.5 yards a carry which was the highest he had since 2010 (4.9 per rush).
Foster did not appear in any of the preseason games but that is not going to slow Head Coach Bill O’Brien from leaning on him during the game. “Arian
(Foster) will start the game and Arian is going to play a lot. After that, we’ll see how it goes.” O’Brien continued, “Arian will get the bulk of the play
time at that position.”
Arian Foster himself is not even fazed with the fact he didn’t play in the preseason. Foster called it “Not an issue.”
O’Brien did not rule out the fact that Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown could see action on Sunday. O’Brien explained, “I believe at some
point in time you’ll see all three of those other backs in the game: Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown. In different situations all of those
guys will play at some point in time.”
There is no question that Foster is the key to the running back group and he is one of the rare three down running backs in the NFL. The 6th year back
takes pride in his ability to be that type of player. Foster said, “In the NFL, they have a saying that kind of goes around the league that says, ‘The more
you can do.’ I do.” He continued, “I take a lot of pride in being able to be a three-down back, blocking, running, catching. I feel like I’ve done it at a
high level for years and I’m going to continue to do that for as long as I’m in the game.”
With O’Brein and the Texans offense set to depend on Foster, he has already been dealing with some health issues during training camp. At one point, Foster
missed close to two weeks before getting work against the Denver Broncos at three practices in Dove Valley when the team traveled to Colorado.
“I’m wonderful, physically.” said Foster on the questions of his health heading into the season. With his extended absence from the field, having a healthy
Foster could mean big things for the Texans offense that needs all hands on deck.
Foster still cares about the game and the Redskins coming to town and when asked about his return to the field,
“I’m excited about that. I can’t wait to play football.”