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Arian Foster: Back surgery wasn’t as major as it sounded

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The Texans signed running back Andre Brown recently, but their incumbent starter doesn’t sound like he’s ready to take on a smaller workload.

Texans running back Arian Foster said last month that he has been medically cleared after the microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery on his back that ended his 2013 season, a fairly quick recovery that may be explained by Foster’s feeling that it wasn’t all that serious in the first place.

“I can tell you the surgery wasn’t as major as it sounded,” Foster said, via Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. “That’s why I rebounded so quickly. I also worked my ass off. I’m expecting to do bigger things and bounce back.”

Foster wasn’t willing to talk personal expectations for his return to the lineup — “[People] can expect whatever they want … We expect to win” — but the extended time off last season might not be a terrible thing if his back has fully recovered. Foster was used heavily from 2010-2012 and the time off could leave him fresher upon his return to the field.

That’s hardly a sure thing, especially when you’re dealing with a back injury, but getting the vintage Foster back would be a major boost to fulfilling those expectations.

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15 Responses to “Arian Foster: Back surgery wasn’t as major as it sounded”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 9, 2014 11:23 AM

    Just a flesh wound?

  2. brasho says: Apr 9, 2014 11:25 AM

    Maybe he healed fast because he decided to dump the froo froo vegan diet and included actual protein (meat, dairy) back into his diet.

    You know, protein, the building blocks for cells?

  3. jtbaudendistel says: Apr 9, 2014 11:36 AM

    Remember when he went vegan a couple years ago? How that worked out brother?

  4. dlw492 says: Apr 9, 2014 11:44 AM

    Dolphins should’ve traded two 2’s for him instead of getting Knoshon Moreno

  5. damcmp says: Apr 9, 2014 11:48 AM

    LIKE everything else about Foster it overblown,

  6. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 9, 2014 11:49 AM

    I don’t think that being vegan had anything to do with injury.
    Running backs get hurt, it’s a part of life at the position.

  7. td30 says: Apr 9, 2014 12:28 PM

    yea its not like backs are important or anything, or could keep you out of games for entire seasons.

  8. bandoy767 says: Apr 9, 2014 12:44 PM

    This should be great news at the next shareholders meeting!

  9. mancave001 says: Apr 9, 2014 12:59 PM

    OK, first, a microscopic discectomy is nothing new. They are all “microscopic.” It just means the the surgeon uses magnification to remove the material impeding full nerve function. It is a routine operation, but an operation nonetheless. As someone who has had 2 back surgeries, I agree it’s not “major.” But, it does take several months to fully heal. With an athlete in prime condition, it would take about 6-8 weeks assuming no bone had to be removed. If there was any bone removed (laminia or foramina) it could take 10-12 weeks for full healing.

    It all depends on age and condition too. My first surgery was a laminectomy and partial discectomy. I was nearly 100% in 3 weeks, no PT. My second was only a discectomy, but I was 4 years older this time, and it took a good 2-3 months to fully recover.

  10. doe22us says: Apr 9, 2014 1:25 PM

    At least we know this is the real Arian Foster :)

  11. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Apr 9, 2014 1:57 PM

    Sciatica is horrible

  12. bigpoppa5501 says: Apr 9, 2014 2:34 PM

    Get better soon AF, would be nice to watch you play a whole season.

  13. htown1035 says: Apr 9, 2014 2:56 PM

    Enough of the “injury prone” label. Last year was the first season Foster missed significant time in the NFL. He played every game 2 of the previous 3 years and only missed 3 games in 2011.

  14. jimmyjames65 says: Apr 10, 2014 8:00 PM

    At least he scored. Unlike Kaepernick.

  15. jimmyjames65 says: Apr 10, 2014 8:08 PM

    Too bad the Texans won’t make the playoffs.

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