Foster increases practice reps, still not ready to play

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Texans running back Arian Foster has returns to practice, and he’s already ramping up the reps.  But he’s not ready to suit up and play.

“[H]e looked good,” coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday, via quotes distributed by the team.  “He did more.  He put his pads on with everybody else.  I think we went from like 10 reps to 20 today.  We picked up his work.  He felt fine coming out of yesterday.  Today’s the same, looked the same to me.  We’ll just keep taking it almost as if he started training camp yesterday.”

That doesn’t mean Foster will be ready to participate in the third preseason game.

“I don’t see him playing,” Kubiak said.  “Like I said, I hope he has such a good week that he’s feeling like, ‘Hey, I can go play 10-15 plays,’ and talking to me that way.  I think with the time he’s missed, the smartest thing is to get in a couple of good weeks of practice.”

Foster missed much of camp with a lingering calf strain.  More recently, a back problem had kept him out of action.