Arian Foster “very close” to practicing

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The Texans weren’t too worried about running back Arian Foster’s calf injury when they placed him on the PUP list to start training camp and they haven’t been given any reason for concern since then.

Josina Anderson of reports that coach Gary Kubiak said that Foster could begin practicing this week, a projection that General Manager Rick Smith seemed on board with as well when he described Foster’s late training camp start as precautionary so that the calf strain didn’t linger into the season.

“We want to make sure that he is totally 100 percent ready. So he’s very close,” Smith said. “We are just making sure that he is ready to go when we let him loose. We are being cautious and taking that slowly, but I have no worries that that is going to be something that he is going to have to deal with.”

Smith also said that he didn’t think Foster’s workload — he had 351 carries last season — “negatively impacted” his health and didn’t indicate that there would be any change as the Texans move forward.

11 responses to “Arian Foster “very close” to practicing

  1. I wonder if his career will ultimately be characterized as: “He can be the best back in football…if he stays healthy.”

    The Texans would be smart to limit his workload through the first few games, than add more each week as they see fit.

  2. Soft tissue injury…. want to be VERY careful or it will nag all year long.

    I’d rather him mis a game or two than come back too early in training camp. Plus Tate needs the reps. He HAS to be productive this year or Arian is going to break down. We’re obviously already seeing effects from his heavy workload last year.

  3. we’re sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice

  4. dont worry texans fans, when the new look Colts D and laron landry get ahold of him, we will clap when hes getting helped off on a stretcher!!!

  5. antalicus says:
    Jul 30, 2013 5:59 PM
    Has Arian Foster ever entered a year without an injury? Does he let his body turn to jello over the break?
    His problem is that he’s a vegan, i just don’t think that’s a healthy diet for an NFL athlete, they need animal proteins not wheat grass…

  6. You guys don’t follow the Texans very closely do you? Foster now eats chicken and fish in addition to his “vegan” diet. Also, when has he been hurt every season?? I think you are imagining things or wishful thinking. Jeez…read a little before you post nonsense.

  7. New look Dolts D still has no line, just like your offense…Luck will be lucky to make it thru the season and your D will get a not-so-new look at being last vs the run…

  8. peytonsneck18:
    I think you are missing the point of football. Wishing an injury on a player is bad form. In all the years that Manning kicked our butts, I never wished him injury. I was sad when he left our division, because I wanted to see the Texans beat him fair and square. Good luck to LUCK, he’s gonna need it.

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