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Arian Foster | Running Back

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 227
College: Tennessee
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Arian Foster (back, hamstring) says he feels "wonderful" physically.
Foster sat out the entire preseason for the second straight year, but probably could have suited up for the Texans' final two games. "I’m excited about (Sunday)," Foster said Tuesday. "I can’t wait to play football." Foster has the right role for fantasy success, but an increasingly-worrisome injury history. For now, he's a borderline RB1. Sep 2 - 1:40 PM

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Coach Bill O'Brien suggested Sunday that Arian Foster (hamstring) could play in the Texans' preseason finale.

"It’s possible," said O'Brien. "We haven’t sat down and talked about that one yet. But, yeah, it’s possible." We'd take this with a grain of salt because O'Brien previously said Foster might play in Houston's second and third preseason games, but he participated in neither. O'Brien did promise Foster will be "ready to play" in the Texans' Week 1 clash with the Redskins.
Aug 24 - 7:15 PM

Arian Foster (hamstring) and Andre Johnson (hamstring) both "increased their activity" in Tuesday's joint practice with the Broncos.

"They practiced more than they had, and it’s a good sign for our football team," were the words of coach Bill O’Brien said. According to the Houston Chronicle, Foster was running with the first team and "(displaying) his normal acceleration." Johnson also ran with the first team. There's a chance both players will take to the preseason field this Saturday against Denver.
Aug 19 - 5:53 PM

Arian Foster (hamstring) is participating in Wednesday's joint practice with the Falcons.

Foster suffered what was believed to be a hamstring injury on July 27 and participated in one practice since. His return Wednesday gives him an outside shot at getting some work in during Saturday's second preseason game. Foster has upside as a centerpiece of the new Bill O'Brien scheme, but he's draped in injury red flags -- including recurring hamstring issues.
Aug 13 - 8:57 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien said Sunday that Arian Foster (hamstring) has a "shot" to play in the Texans' second preseason game.

It's pretty hard to buy because Foster hasn't been practicing at all, but it does sound like O'Brien is optimistic he'll be back soon. The Texans next face the Falcons on Saturday. Andre Johnson (hamstring) also has a "shot" to play.
Aug 10 - 7:58 PM

Arian Foster (undisclosed) has still not resumed practicing and will not play in Saturday's preseason opener.

Foster is thought to be dealing with recurring hamstring problems, but the Texans are declining to comment. He has practiced once since July 27, heightening injury concerns and raising Andre Brown's stock. Foster pulled a hammy in Week 7 last season and tore one during 2011 training camp.
Source: CSN Houston
Aug 7 - 12:43 PM

Arian Foster revealed that he considered retirement following last year's season-ending back injury.

"Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that -- a back, a neck, even knees or hips, something that puts you out for the entire season -- you kind of re-evaluate your life," said Foster, who turns 28 years old later this month. "You see what's really important. Is getting paralyzed more important than playing with your grandkids when you’re 50, 60 years old?" Foster is currently sidelined by what is believed to be a hamstring injury at Texans camp. He's a dicey fantasy pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 3:52 PM

Arian Foster (undisclosed) remains sidelined at Texans camp.

The Texans are declining to say why Foster is missing his fourth straight practice, but it's believed to be related to the hamstring strain that caused him to miss time at the beginning of camp. Foster also pulled a hamstring in Week 7 last year, and tore one during 2011 training camp. He brings a ton of injury risk to the table at his early second-round ADP.
Aug 3 - 12:15 PM

Arian Foster (undisclosed) is sidelined again at Texans camp.

Under ex-Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien, the Texans are taking a Belichickian approach to injuries, declining to divulge locations and extents. So they won't say whether Foster suffered a setback with his early-camp hamstring injury. Foster returned to practice Wednesday, and was out Thursday. "He’s doing OK," O’Brien said of Foster. "It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious. I would assume – (but) guess you can’t assume anything – he’d be back pretty soon." 28-year-old Foster tore his hamstring during 2011 training camp, so there is history here. He's an incredibly high-risk early-round fantasy investment.
Aug 1 - 1:39 PM

Arian Foster (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

Foster only missed two days with what the team called a "minor" injury. It was worth noting nonetheless after Foster battled injuries all last summer and ended up missing half the season following back surgery. We don't have a problem with Foster and his second-round ADP, but owners are taking on plenty of risk.
Jul 30 - 8:57 AM

Arian Foster is sidelined at Texans camp with what is believed to be a hamstring injury.

Although the Texans insist Foster's injury is "minor," it's pretty troubling he's already missing time after battling hamstring woes over the years. "He’s dealing with something," coach Bill O’Brien said. "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."
Jul 29 - 3:26 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien said Arian Foster will fill the roles served by Kevin Faulk and Danny Woodhead in his old Patriots offenses.

The Patriots always utilized a passing back. Faulk averaged 33.1 receptions per year and when O'Brien was the wide receivers coach in 2008, he set a career-high with 58. Woodhead averaged 30.6 receptions during his three years in New England. The difference here is that those guys weren't feature backs as well. O'Brien sounds prepared to ride Foster hard as both a runner and a passing back, already saying backup Andre Brown is an early-down player only. Foster is a threat for 330 total touches, with at least 60 of them coming through the air.
Source: CSN Houston
Jun 4 - 8:03 AM

Arian Foster said new coach Bill O'Brien "has expressed many times how he wants to use me a lot out of the backfield."

It's playing to Foster's strengths. Sporting both soft hands and excellent vision in the screen game, he averaged 4.1 catches per game while breaking out between 2010 and 2011. That number fell to 2.5 per game as the Texans' offense went conservative in 2012 and last season, but O'Brien is going to be a breath of fresh air. Now healthy and the unquestioned centerpiece of the offense, Foster is a candidate for 250-plus carries and upwards of 65 receptions.
May 22 - 8:14 AM

Arian Foster declared himself "healthy and raring to go" Wednesday, following his 2013 back operation.

Foster participated fully in OTAs, so this isn't a surprise. He described rookie coach Bill O'Brien's offense as "very versatile," and said O'Brien has told him Foster will be utilized "in the running game and out of the backfield." As the Texans manage severe 2014 quarterback deficiencies, expect Foster to handle all-purpose bellcow duties as a recommended fantasy bounce-back pick.
May 21 - 9:45 PM

Arian Foster (back surgery) participated fully during the first day of the Texans' voluntary minicamp Tuesday.

Foster underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc roughly six months ago, causing him to miss the final eight games of the season. Now 100 percent and still just 27 years old, he'll be a bounce-back candidate as an every-down back ahead of new backup Andre Brown. Foster looked like he had plenty of tread left on the tires before the injury last year as he averaged 4.48 YPC.
May 7 - 9:40 AM