The Houston Texans elite running back Arian Foster feels confident he will be ready to start after the team’s bye when they face the Indianapolis Colts in week 9. According to ESPN NFL Nation reporter, Tania Ganguli, Foster aggravated the same hamstring that bothered him throughout practice last week.
Foster said the hamstring he injured in Sunday was the same one he'd hurt last week. Said he did it cutting wrong. #Texans
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) October 22, 2013
Foster was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Chiefs early in the first quarter after only 4 carries for 11 yards. He observed from the sideline during his team’s one-point defeat to Kansas City with Ben Tate and Greg Jones filling in. Tate is nursing a rib injury he sustained during the game so the bye week arrives at the ideal time for this banged-up backfield. The team also released rookie running back Cierre Wood for violating team policy at the team hotel.
Foster’s history of hamstring strains is no surprise to Texans fans but the league’s premier rusher typically recovers quickly. He has rushed for 542 yards and 1 touchdown adding in 183 yards receiving and 1 receiving touchdown through 7 games this season. Houston’s once promising season is spiraling out of control as they’ve been plagued by key injuries to all of their superstar players. Having Foster available for week 9 will be crucial for their success.