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Arian Foster | Running Back

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 227
College: Tennessee
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The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports Arian Foster (groin surgery) would resume playing by late September in a "best case scenario."
This could happen if Foster avoids setbacks in his rehab. After initial reports suggested Foster was headed for injured reserve-designated for return -- a mechanism that would cost him at least the first eight games -- it now appears Foster could escape missing only the first 2-4 weeks of the season. The Texans have a September 27 date with the Buccaneers. It's possible that will be Foster's target date. Aug 24 - 5:25 PM

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Speaking Monday, Texans coach Bill O'Brien declined to provide a timeline for Arian Foster's (groin surgery) return.

"I don't have any update," O'Brien said curtly. "He's in here rehabbing." Foster went under the knife on August 7. Some reports suggested he could miss as few as 4-6 weeks, but we're already coming up on three weeks. Foster has never been a particularly swift healer. It's highly unlikely that he's available for Week 1, while missing all of September remains a distinct possibility. Injured reserve/designated to return can't be ruled out. Alfred Blue is starting in the interim.
Aug 24 - 2:59 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain expects Arian Foster (groin surgery) to return "no later" than the second half of the season.

As McClain notes, the Texans have a full month to decide whether to place Foster on I.R./designated for return, and will obviously be gauging his recovery speed in the meantime. McClain believes "at worst" Foster will return to play the final eight games of the season. While this is all good news, we're still having a hard time selecting Foster before the ninth round of 12-team drafts. That could change if positive reports continue on Foster's timeline.
Aug 11 - 9:37 AM

The Houston Chronicle reports there's "growing optimism" Arian Foster (groin surgery) may be sidelined only 4-6 weeks.

Initial reports pegged Foster's timeline at 3-6 months, but it's been dialed back the past two days. The Chronicle suggests Foster's surgery was "just" a sports-hernia operation. It can still be a multi-month injury, but is usually a straightforward recovery. Foster remains a candidate for injured reserve/designated to return, but the Texans have a month to make a decision. Foster could end up a massive bargain in the mid-rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 8 - 9:25 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora seconds an NFL Network report that Arian Foster (groin surgery) "could be back in less than three months."

Original estimates had Foster missing 3-6 months. It appears the injury wasn't as severe as media members were at-first led to believe. If Foster is back in three months, he would miss less than half of the season, although still a significant chunk. In one month, the Texans will have to decide whether to keep Foster on the 53-man roster or tag him I.R./designated for return.
Aug 7 - 3:06 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport passes along "some hope" that Arian Foster's recovery from groin surgery won't last three months.

Initial media reports on Foster's timetable were incredibly grim, suggesting he was a lock for the injured reserve-designated for return list. Foster may still end up there, but the Texans don't have to make that transaction for another month. Many outside medical observers were surprised by the bleak early timelines, and think Foster could be recovered in as few as six weeks. Stay tuned.
Aug 7 - 11:55 AM

Texans owner Bob McNair says he wasn't surprised by Arian Foster's groin injury.

We weren't surprised, either, but it's weird to hear his boss saying it. "I’ve recognized how vulnerable he is," McNair said. "It seems like every year he’s had some type of soft-tissue injury. We just keep our fingers crossed and hope it won’t happen, but he seems to be vulnerable to that type of thing." We'd imagine McNair's words will stick in Foster's craw the next time his contract comes up.
Aug 6 - 2:27 PM

Dr. Bert Mandelbaum predicts Arian Foster (groin) will be "back to full form in two to three months."

Mandelbaum has worked closely with William Meyers, who will be performing Foster's surgery on Friday. Meyers conducted a similar operation on Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney last year. If Mandelbaum's timetable is accurate, Foster could be back on the practice field by Week 6 and ready to play by Week 9. Alfred Blue and Chris Polk are expected to fill in during his absence.
Aug 6 - 11:04 AM

Arian Foster's Friday surgery will reattach Foster's groin muscle to the bone.

He'll soon be placed on injured reserve-designated for return, shelving Foster through Week 8 -- at which point he'll be eligible to practice -- and keeping him out of games until Week 10. Foster's injury is said to involve a 3-6 month recovery, meaning he's no lock to play even when eligible. After whiffing on free agent Pierre Thomas, the Texans will give younger backs Chris Polk, Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, and Kenny Hilliard chances to earn carries in an RBBC. In a weak offense, Houston's backfield is now one to generally avoid in fantasy drafts.
Aug 5 - 4:12 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Arian Foster will undergo groin surgery Friday.

It was previously reported Foster was simply heading to Philadelphia to get a second opinion from Dr. William Meyers on Friday with surgery tentatively set for next Monday. It appears Foster will just get the sports-hernia operation out of the way and dive into the rehab process. Foster is expected to land on I.R./designated for return, costing him at least the first eight games of the season.
Aug 5 - 2:48 PM

Arian Foster (groin) will travel to Philadelphia to visit Dr. William Meyers on Friday.

Meyers is a "core specialist" who specializes in sports-hernia injuries. The expected outcome is that Foster will need surgery, which is tentatively scheduled for Monday. Until Foster gets his second opinion, we won't know his exact status. But coach Bill O'Brien conceded Wednesday that Foster "will miss time."
Aug 5 - 2:15 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (groin surgery) will "almost certainly" begin the year on injured reserve/designated to return.

Rapsheet labels Foster's injury "major," while the Houston Chronicle has deemed it "severe." I.R./return dictates that players miss at least the first eight weeks of the season. With Houston on bye for Week 9, Foster wouldn't be eligible to make his debut until Week 10. The trio of Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk will now try to formulate a committee in Foster's absence, but outside help is almost certainly on the way.
Aug 4 - 3:44 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports Arian Foster (groin) requires surgery, but "should be able to return during the season."

"Should" being the operative word. It appears Foster will most likely be headed to injured reserve/designated to return, which would sideline him until Week 10. It's a massive blow for a team without a quarterback, and a death knell to Foster's ADP. He had been the RB6 in early drafts. A team that wants to funnel its offense through the running game is now without anyone resembling a legitimate lead back. Alfred Blue has the most experience, but is a grinder who isn't trusted in the passing game. Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk both arguably have more raw skill. It's also quite possible Houston dips into the free-agent market. Ray Rice and his three-down skills would make an awful lot of sense if the Texans determine he has anything left.
Aug 4 - 2:47 PM

ESPN's Tania Ganguli reports Arian Foster's groin injury is "significant," and could require surgery.

Houston radio host Jayson Braddock reports Foster is a candidate for injured reserve/designated to return. That would keep Foster out until Week 10. Foster is no stranger to groin issues, missing two games with one in 2014. Foster remained one of the league's best backs last season, but soft-tissue injuries have begun to take their toll. He's having more and more trouble staying on the field. Alfred Blue was Foster's 2014 backup, but must hold off Jonathan Grimes, Chris Polk, and rookie Kenny Hilliard for the duties this season. Look for the Texans to add a free agent running back in the coming days.

Sources tell ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli that Arian Foster suffered a groin injury in Monday's practice.

It was Houston's first "fully-padded" practice. The extent of Foster's injury is unclear. It's unlikely to be serious, but serves as a stark reminder of what you will be getting into if you draft the soon-to-be 29 year old. Foster simply can't avoid soft-tissue injuries in his legs. Missed games will be almost a certainty this season. Foster has missed at least three contests three of the past four years.
Aug 4 - 1:14 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Ryan Mallett
3Tom Savage
RB1Alfred Blue
2Chris Polk
3Jonathan Grimes
4Kenny Hilliard
5Arian Foster
GLB1Alfred Blue
2Chris Polk
3RB1Jonathan Grimes
2Chris Polk
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Nate Washington
3Keshawn Martin
4Keith Mumphery
5Travis Labhart
WR21Cecil Shorts
2Jaelen Strong
3Damaris Johnson
4Alan Bonner
5Uzoma Nwachukwu
WR31Nate Washington
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
4Anthony Denham
5Khari Lee
K1Randy Bullock