As it turns out, Maurice Jones-Drew wasn’t the only AFC South running back who gutted out a knee injury to have a solid 2010 season. Texans tailback Arian Foster, who would merely become the NFL’s leading rusher in 2010 with 1,616 yards, tells Matt Crossman of Sporting News that Foster secretly played with a torn meniscus in his knee.
Per the interview that serves as the cover story of the latest edition of the magazine, Foster told no one until the season was over because he didn’t want to lose his job at the team’s ball-carrying workhorse.
The injury has now been repaired, which as Crossman points out means that Foster should be faster and more precise with his cuts in 2011.
The entire interview is worth a read, since it provides an excellent look at a guy who despite his accomplishments last season remains largely anonymous. Among other things, Foster reveals that his secret weapon is his brother Abdul, who moved to Houston to train Foster after his initial NFL season as an undrafted rookie. Abdul studies Arian’s game film and provides in-game advice, including a text message during a game last season that advised Arian to stop trying to break a big run.
With a healthy knee in 2010, Foster may have broken a lot more big runs. With a healthy knee in 2011, look out.