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Arian Foster: Be concerned when a player doesn’t want to be in there

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On Monday night, Texans running back Arian Foster looked a bit peeved on the sideline when Ben Tate remained in the game in the fourth quarter after it looked like Foster would be heading in to replace him.

Foster, who didn’t play at all in the preseason, didn’t talk about anything after the game, but admitted during a Wednesday meeting with reporters that he wanted to be on the field at that point in the game. He also said he understood it, referring to Tate and said that he thought it would be much more problematic if you had a running back who didn’t want to be on the field in the fourth quarter of a close game.

“Obviously, they had a game plan going in of how much they wanted me to play and they’re trying to ease me back into it,” Foster said, via Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. “But my competitive nature, of course it’s getting [to be] crunch time and the fourth quarter and you want to be out there. It’s just how it played out. In my opinion, you probably [should be] concerned with a player that’s happy he’s not in there.”

It’s hard to disagree with Foster’s take, especially since there continue to be no signs that any frustration from Monday has carried over to Foster’s interactions with teammates and coaches. He wants to play, which is what you want, but he also understands that there’s other factors in play than just his desire.

Coach Gary Kubiak said he plans to keep the carries “pretty close” between Foster and Tate for the time being, something that will ideally help Foster both work his way back into game shape now and lighten his workload enough to lessen the risk of injuries of attrition that come with the outsize workload Foster is used to taking on for the Texans.

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7 Responses to “Arian Foster: Be concerned when a player doesn’t want to be in there”
  1. Neftali Ramos says: Sep 12, 2013 9:25 AM

    Sucks for Fosters fantasy value, luckily I drafted AP!

  2. morty999 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:33 AM

    Oh yeah, and Tate looked the better player on Monday night and should have played more than Foster. Not saying Tate is the better back, but Arian is getting some miles on him and Tate looks to be every bit the player Foster is. Welcome to a timeshare Mr. Foster.

  3. ccjcsr says: Sep 12, 2013 10:02 AM

    Took so long for him to become the man, now he can see it slowly slipping away.

    Only one team in Texas……COWBOYS!

  4. jcav22 says: Sep 12, 2013 10:52 AM

    @morty999

    Foster was a little rusty but the Chargers knew when he was in they were most likely going to be handing off to Foster.

    BTW, when Foster was out for 2 games the previous year, Tate was horrible.

    The worst thing the Texans can do it is a timeshare. It’s going to cost them in the long run. A RB needs 20-25 carries to get into a groove.

  5. bluenose1965 says: Sep 12, 2013 1:07 PM

    ccjcsr says:
    Sep 12, 2013 10:02 AM
    Took so long for him to become the man, now he can see it slowly slipping away.

    Only one team in Texas……COWBOYS!

    _____________________________________

    :):):):) You crazy Cowboy fans. That 1-0 (assisted by 6 turnovers) has gone to your head already? :):):):)

    Texans will benefit from a shared workload. We’d rather have 2 sharp running backs towards the back end of the season.

    Tate is running more violently, as he did in 2011. As long as the late season split is in the 65-35 range, everyone should be happy.

  6. selbyrj82 says: Sep 12, 2013 1:12 PM

    Cant blame Arian. He’ll get his carries. He’s still one of the most talented backs in the league and has some gas left. The playing time and carries will come if he is in fact still the superior player, which I fully believe he is. The Texans should just be thankful they are lucky enough to have a situation where the back-up is good enough that they can ease their #1 back in unlike some other teams out there who would be in seemingly insermountable trouble if they lost their #1.

  7. rockybev35 says: Sep 12, 2013 3:03 PM

    “ccjcsr says: Sep 12, 2013 10:02 AM

    Took so long for him to become the man, now he can see it slowly slipping away.

    Only one team in Texas……COWBOYS!”

    Too funny!!! I love you Cowboy Fans. You finally beat the G-Men in your own stadium and you are once again “America’s Team”. (little factoid you need to know, that was a title self-proclaimed by Jerry “I needed 17 players in a lopsided trade for Herschel Walker to assimilate the team of the 90’s” Jones.)
    With Romo’s new “secret sauce” throwing motion and his “same level as Sean Payton for calling plays” you guys were already Super Bowl bound prior to week 1.
    Let’s see how that plays out.

    Just TRY to refrain from your comments before you actually get a playoff win SINCE the trade that could never happen today.

    Cowboy fans are too funny.

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