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Arian Foster | Running Back

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 227
College: Tennessee
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Speaking Thursday, Arian Foster (back surgery) confirmed he'll be ready for OTAs.
Foster reaffirmed that his back is "fine." Speaking earlier in the week, Foster said his operation "wasn't as major as it sounded." Foster's durability is very much a question mark heading into his age-28 season, but he should remain a three-down workhorse for as long as he's on the field. He's still in the RB1 conversation. Apr 10 - 8:25 PM

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Arian Foster said his back surgery "wasn't as major as it sounded."

Foster underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy on November 13 to repair a herniated disc. He's already been medically cleared, a sign the surgery wasn't overly invasive. "That's why I rebounded so quickly," Foster said. "I also worked my ass off. I'm expecting to do bigger things and bounce back." Perhaps sitting out most of last season will actually do him some good. Foster remains on the RB1 radar as a clear-cut three-down back ahead of Andre Brown.
Apr 9 - 9:20 AM

Arian Foster (back) tweeted that he's been "medically cleared by my doctor."

Foster rushed for 542 yards in eight starts before landing on injured reserve and undergoing back surgery in November. When healthy last season, Foster looked fresh and still had the juice in his legs. His 4.5 YPC mark was his third-highest average of his five-year career. Foster may not be the elite RB1 he once was, but we still have confidence that he can produce top-12 numbers at his position. With Ben Tate off to Cleveland, the Texans need to find a No. 2.
Mar 16 - 11:19 AM

Speaking Friday, Texans GM Rick Smith said Arian Foster's (back surgery) rehab is going well, and that he's "going to be fine."

"He's working hard, he's in the building, he's in the training room consistently," Smith said. Foster went under the knife on November 15. Provided he doesn't suffer a setback, he's expected to be full-go for the Texans' offseason program. Now 27 and coming off an injury-ruined season, Foster is no longer a sure-thing first-round pick in re-draft fantasy leagues.
Feb 21 - 4:02 PM

Arian Foster's back surgery was a microscopic lumbar discectomy.

The surgery took place on November 13 and was performed by the noted Dr. Robert Watkins. "The surgery went well and the timing of his return to football will depend on his progression through the rehabilitation program," Watkins said in a statement. Foster is expected to be ready in plenty of time for training camp, but he'll be 28 in August and the surgery won't do anything to quell fears about crippling overuse.
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 08:40:00 AM

Arian Foster (injured reserve) underwent back surgery in California on Thursday.

We're noting this simply for bookkeeping purposes. And the Texans had previously been noncommittal on whether Foster needed surgery. "His surgery went well, and that’s about all I know," coach Gary Kubiak said. "I don’t normally have any more particulars on it. (He’ll) start the recovery process (now)." Foster, 28 next August, should be back in plenty of time for next summer's training camp.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 09:51:00 AM

Texans placed RB Arian Foster on injured reserve with a back injury, ending his season.

Foster finishes the season with just four carries after October 13. It's Foster's first trip to injured reserve, but hardly the first injury for a player increasingly plagued by lower-body issues. Foster needs surgery on his back, which is always troubling news, but especially for a player who takes as many hits as a between-the-tackles running back. That being said, Foster should be ready for next summer's camp. Due $5.75 million, he should also be back with the Texans provided they're comfortable with his health. They'll go with Ben Tate and Dennis Johnson in Foster's absence. With the injury-prone Tate playing through four broken ribs, it's quite possible Johnson ends up Houston's lead back before the year is through. Turning 28 next August, Foster has logged 1,191 touches since the beginning of the 2010 season. That's a mammoth workload.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 03:47:00 PM

Texans interim coach Wade Phillips wouldn't confirm or deny Monday that Arian Foster needs year-ending back surgery.

On Sunday morning, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Foster would be placed on injured reserve this week. The transaction hasn't happened yet. Phillips was evasive enough that we still suspect the move is coming by Wednesday.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 04:44:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (back, hamstring) will head to injured reserve next week.

Per RapSheet, Foster needs back surgery, which is expected to happen "very soon," perhaps Wednesday or Thursday. The I.R. transaction will likely take place on Monday. Foster consulted multiple back specialists in an effort to find one who wouldn't recommend the procedure, but couldn't. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported 3-of-3 doctors told him the surgery was needed. Foster is battling a lumbar spine issue. He was playing well before going down, and costs a reasonable $5.75 million in 2014. We don't think Foster will be an offseason cap casualty unless the Texans decide to "blow it up" and undertake a full-on rebuild.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 09:17:00 AM

According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, Arian Foster's disc problem in his back "might" heal with treatment, but "could also require surgery."

"He wants to play," McClain confirms. McClain reports Foster is consulting second and third opinions from back specialists because he's trying to find one who'll green light him to avoid surgery and play later in the year. Fantasy owners should hold on for the time being, but it sounds like Foster is week to week at best. Dennis Johnson needs to be grabbed in all 12-team leagues.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 03:10:00 PM

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports Arian Foster may need surgery to correct his back problems.

Foster is in the process of consulting "two or three specialists" to determine his best course of action. The Texans' season is lost at 2-6, so it isn't like they'll be pushing hard for Foster to return this year. McClain notes that the potential surgery would end Foster's season. Banged-up Ben Tate projects as Houston's starting tailback moving forward. Dennis Johnson is No. 2.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 01:55:00 PM

Arian Foster (back, hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 10 against the Cardinals.

We hope Foster gets back late in the season so his owners get something out of him, but it's legitimately worth wondering if his body is beginning to break down after so many years of monster workloads. The writing was on the wall all summer and fall. He's now in the process of consulting multiple back specialists. Foster will be replaced by Ben Tate in the starting lineup at Arizona. Rookie Dennis Johnson will be the change-of-pace back.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 01:34:00 PM

Arian Foster (back) remained out of Texans practice Thursday.

Per interim coach Wade Phillips, Foster was meeting with doctors, just as he was doing on Wednesday. Foster can be all but ruled out for Sunday, while the doctors' visits aren't a particularly great sign for his status beyond Week 10. Ben Tate (ribs) will carry the load against Arizona, and be backed up by Dennis Johnson.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 02:41:00 PM

Arian Foster (back) missed practice Wednesday in order to meet with doctors.

Although Foster sustained the back injury early in Sunday night's loss to the Colts, he still doesn't have an exact diagnosis. It suggests the injury is more complicated than a normal muscle strain. At this point, we would be surprised if Foster were able to suit up in Week 10. Ben Tate (ribs) is fully expected to be ready to carry the mail again.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 04:05:00 PM

Arian Foster (back, hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Foster is still being evaluated for a back injury suffered in Sunday night's loss. The fact that he wasn't able to practice Wednesday isn't a good sign for his Week 10 status. Foster is also dealing with a hamstring issue and clearly isn't 100 percent healthy. Ben Tate (ribs) will likely handle the majority of first-team reps in practice this week and could draw the start in his absence.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 02:17:00 PM

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QB1Ryan Fitzpatrick
2Case Keenum
RB1Arian Foster
2Andre Brown
3Dennis Johnson
4Jonathan Grimes
5Chad Spann
GLB1Arian Foster
2Andre Brown
3RB1Arian Foster
2Andre Brown
FB1Brad Smelley
2Toben Opurum
WR11Andre Johnson
2Keshawn Martin
3Mike Thomas
4Uzoma Nwachukwu
5Rico Richardson
WR21DeAndre Hopkins
2DeVier Posey
3Alan Bonner
4Alec Lemon
5Andy Cruse
WR31DeVier Posey
TE1Garrett Graham
2Ryan Griffin
3Phillip Supernaw
4Zach Potter
K1Randy Bullock