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Arian Foster to get “bulk” of work at running back

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The Texans lost running back Arian Foster to a back injury for the second half of last season and sat him out for the entire preseason as he dealt with a hamstring issue, but they won’t be easing him back into the lineup against Washington this weekend.

Foster said this week that he feels wonderful and the Texans are going to approach the game as if there were no injury concerns at all. Head coach Bill O’Brien said that the team will be using Foster as their bell cow in Week One.

“Arian’s going to play a lot. After that, we’ll see how it goes,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I believe at some point you’ll see all three of those other backs: Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown in different situations. But Arian will get the bulk of the playing time.”

There are obviously injury risks involved in returning Foster to the workhorse role he’s filled in recent years, but his work before last year’s injury is a reminder that there are also much greater rewards for riding him than there are when you go with less talented backs. That’s all the more true when your quarterback is Ryan Fitzpatrick and your goal is to limit how much of the game you want to put on his shoulders, so the Texans are going to try to get their money’s worth from Foster until something forces them to change their plans.

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8 Responses to “Arian Foster to get “bulk” of work at running back”
  1. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Sep 5, 2014 1:44 PM

    My fantasy team welcomes this decision.

  2. smalltownqb says: Sep 5, 2014 1:51 PM

    Top 5 RB when on the field

  3. jongrudenstolemypatiofurniture says: Sep 5, 2014 2:00 PM

    Hopefully he returns to his old self.

    #NotSayingAnyMore/GagOrder

  4. whiteknightblackheart says: Sep 5, 2014 2:06 PM

    I think this guy was a steal at 24. Top 5 ff performer this year, especially with the Harvard Hurler at the helm.

  5. nite2al says: Sep 5, 2014 2:11 PM

    He’s done.

  6. Marshawn Lunch says: Sep 5, 2014 2:33 PM

    If Fitzpatrick plays all 16 games for Houston and Foster stays healthy for all 16 games then everyon with Foster as their Fantasy Football bell cow will be VERY pleased. But Foster’s back problems are the reason why I do not believe he can get past 200 carries this season. And that’s a problem for fantasy owners hoping for a big year from the guy (unless he breaks off an abnormally high number of long runs).

  7. glb020971 says: Sep 5, 2014 2:50 PM

    Foster will have a good night and a great year if he stay health. The guy is a work horse went he is right.

  8. iman62 says: Sep 5, 2014 2:52 PM

    So they are going to give their #1 rb the ball for a majority of the carries? Sounds like O’brien has the nfl figured out.

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