| Running Back, Houston Texans
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Ht: 6’1” Wt: 229 DOB: 1986-08-24 Age: 29
|After being an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2009, Foster has emerged as not only the top rated fantasy running back in 2012 but also as a contender for the title of the league’s top player at his position. Although a hamstring injury caused him to miss two and a half games and he sat out Week 17, Foster still managed to finish the season as the 4th ranked running back in total fantasy points and 1st on a per game basis. If you want consistency, Foster also provides that, having reached double-digit fantasy points in 27 of his last 31 games. Are there concerns? Sure. The team lost two starters along the offensive line (Eric Winston and Mike Brisiel), Foster signed a lucrative long term contract and backup Ben Tate proved he was worthy of touches as he came within 58 yards of topping 1,000 rushing yards. While Tate is good, Foster is clearly the Texans go to player on offense and it is worth noting that Tate was barely used in the team’s two playoff games last season and averaged less than ten touches per game when Foster was healthy. It’s a no-brainer, folks. If you have the 1st selection in your fantasy draft, Foster is your pick.
| Arian Foster expected to play, barring setback -- Sun Oct 4 7:34 am --|
Texans RB has missed first three games with groin injury
|Barring pregame setback, Texans RB Arian Foster is expected to play today vs. Atlanta, per league source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster has missed the first three games after having groin surgery in early August. He's been practicing this week but may be limited today against Atlanta according to media reports. Foster owners should expect no better than RB2 value if he plays.
| Arian Foster will be a game-time decision -- Wed Sep 30 2:43 pm --|
|Arian Foster Watch has begun in earnest this week.
Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday the running back practiced and will be a game-time decision Sunday when his team faces the Atlanta Falcons. "The night before, or 90 minutes before," O'Brien said of when he'd know Foster's status.
FF Today's Take: The Texans have been adamant about waiting until Foster is completely past his groin injury. After being limited in practice for a couple of weeks, fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate getting Foster into the lineup if he is given the green light Sunday. Nothing is certain however, so Alfred Blue could also be given another shot to lead the running attack. Whoever gets the starting nod will be worth plugging into fantasy lineups for Week 4 playing against a Falcons defense that has given up six rushing touchdowns in three weeks.
| Arian Foster ruled out for week 3 -- Fri Sep 25 6:55 pm --|
Jonathan Grimes may sit as well
|Arian Foster will have to wait at least one more week before he returns to the football field. The All-Pro was ruled out for Sunday’s game by head coach Bill O’Brien, but is progressing well in his recovery from an Aug. 3 groin injury. “He won’t play this week, but he’s doing well,” O’Brien said Friday. Running backs may be down one more if Jonathan Grimes can't play Sunday. Grimes, now in his third season with the Texans, will be a game-time decision. He practiced on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday with a knee issue. (HoustonTexans.com)|
FF Today's Take: Alfred Blue and Chris Polk will carry the load this weekend against Tampa Bay, and though neither have been especially productive thus far, they could post some decent numbers Sunday. The Buccaneers have allowed an average of 114 yards on the ground per game this season, and have surrendered three rushing touchdowns.
| Arian Foster ruled out Sunday -- Fri Sep 18 4:15 pm --|
Texans' RB practicing but HOU not ready to deploy star RB in a game
|Ryan Mallett will take over as the Texans' starting quarterback on Sunday, but he'll do so without the services of running back Arian Foster. Foster (groin) made some progress this week and returned to a fairly active role in Texans practice. Head coach Bill O'Brien cautioned interested parties that this would be a slow integration. The team is hoping to have Foster for the long haul. While he would have been a nice safety net for Mallett as he tries to take hold of the starting job, Houston is wise to push the breaks on Foster. In the past, he's been dominant enough to win games on his own and they may need it down the stretch. Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk each caught a pass in the opener but with the Texans facing a Panthers defense likely without Luke Kuechly they could try and exploit some short opportunities over the middle like Jacksonville did a week ago. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: This should come as no surprise, as Foster had groin surgery on August 7th - just six weeks ago. But those who scooped him up in their drafts still got great value, as the former top-fantasy RB was initially predicted to be out for half the season. It now seems virtually certain that we will see Foster by week four, and possibly as early as week three. In the meantime, none of the Texans' backfield options are especially start-worthy.
| Foster returns to limited practice Thursday -- Thu Sep 17 5:35 pm --|
Has yet to be ruled out for Week 2
|Texans RB Arian Foster returned to practice Thursday, taking part in drills as he continues to make speedy progress after undergoing groin surgery in August. HC Bill O’Brien has previously said Foster won’t play this week against the Carolina Panthers. O’Brien said Thursday that Foster is still unlikely to play, but was noncommittal on whether he will play.
“We are slowly incorporating him back into practice,” O’Brien said. “I wouldn’t expect him this week, but you never know.”
Foster has been running for weeks and has reached the point where he’s gaining more and more confidence in his health. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: The smart money is that Foster will be ruled out in the next 24-48 hours. However, it is looking more and more likely that he'll get a shot to face Tampa Bay at home in Week 3 and, at worst, make his season debut in Week 4 at Atlanta. Houston will probably hand Foster a full workload upon his return and his owners should be thrilled; the Texans have one of the least challenging run-defense schedules this season.
| Foster not likely to return in Week 2 -- Mon Sep 14 3:40 pm --|
On track for Week 3 barring late setback
|Texans star RB Arian Foster remains well ahead of schedule following his groin surgery in training camp. Foster has continued to tell teammates and friends that a return for Week 2 is quite possible.
Worst case scenario, barring any unforeseen setback, would be playing in Week 3, a huge boost for a team with playoff aspirations in its second season under coach Bill O'Brien. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: HC Bill O'Brien stated in a post-game interview that he does not expect his star running back to suit up against Carolina. However, Foster was expected to miss nearly half the season initially after undergoing groin surgery in early August, so his owners should be thrilled about this turn of events. A Week 3 return would mean Foster opens his season against the likely poor run defenses of the Bucs, Falcons, Colts and Jaguars in succession.
| Foster "ahead of schedule" -- Thu Sep 10 6:00 pm --|
Tells reporters he feels "wonderful"
|Arian Foster isn't feeling great. Arian Foster is in a much better place.
"I'm feeling wonderful," the Pro Bowl running back told the Houston media on Thursday morning.
Foster suffered a groin injury in early August, and missed the rest of training camp, as well as all four preseason games. He had surgery, has been through rehab, and said he's making progress "day by day". He wouldn't give a timeline on when he'd return, but said "we're ahead of schedule". (HoustonTexans.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Texans haven't provided much information in terms of a timeline, but it is widely assumed Foster will be back on the field sometime early in October - perhaps Week 4. If that is the case, a number of owners that rolled the dice on him post-injury in the fourth and fifth round of their fantasy draft could have a high-end RB1 on their hands, especially given the Texans' relatively soft run schedule. Alfred Blue is expected to see the most carries in his absence.
| Foster to be back "sooner than later" -- Mon Sep 7 7:10 pm --|
Schefter: Could return in four, may be sidelined for six or more weeks
|When Arian Foster went in for groin surgery, there were reports that he could miss the first half of the regular season while he recovered. The Texans haven’t used their IR-return spot on Foster yet, however, and it doesn’t sound like they think they’ll need to avail themselves of that option.
“Arian is doing well, relative to the injury he has and the prognosis early on,” HC Bill O’Brien said, via the team. “He’s ahead of that. Again, like I always say to people, I reserve the right to change my mind. ... I think he’ll be back sooner rather than later based on the early prognosis.” (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: O'Brien non-update "update" doesn't help fantasy owners, while Adam Schefter's tweet essentially backs up the timeline most owners have been expecting. At this point, it would probably be wise for all parties involved to expect a return around Week 6. In the interim, Alfred Blue should serve as the lead back against a highly-favorable run schedule. Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes also figure to see a handful of touches in relief of Blue.
| Foster could be back by end of September -- Mon Aug 24 5:40 pm --|
Likely best-case scenario
|Best-case scenario for Arian Foster, if no setbacks in rehab from groin surgery, likely end of September, per sources. (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster hasn't proven to be the quickest healer and his lack of durability (even when he appears to be 100 percent) has been proven over and over again. For those reasons, Foster should really be treated as a extremely high-upside RB3. His ADP has slid into the sixth-round area recently, which sounds about right for an injury-prone player that is a good bet to miss at least the first 3-4 games of the season. Alfred Blue should carry the bulk of the load in his absence.
| Arian Foster to play half season -- Tue Aug 11 10:09 am --|
Texans RB could return Week 10 in worst-case scenario
|Former Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain noted on Twitter that it is believed Arian Foster's (groin surgery) worst-case scenario is an eight-game absence. (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Texans have a Week 9 bye, which means Foster has a good chance to be back for half the team's game in 2015. It'll be difficult to assess his overall season-long fantasy value in drafts. It may be wise to let someone else take the plunge on draft day unless he slips into the later rounds. Personal experience has shown me it's very difficult to stash a running back for 10 weeks -- but I wouldn't rule out trading for him after 4-6 weeks.
| Arian Foster undergoes successful surgery -- Fri Aug 7 4:55 pm --|
RB expected to be out three months
|Texans running back Arian Foster underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a groin muscle that was torn off the bone, according to a source. Although a timetable for his return is unclear, there's hope that his recovery time will be shorter than three months, the source said. Foster will miss several regular-season games, and it's possible he will be placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. The earliest the Texans can make that move is Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. ET. The Texans have not yet added another running back to a roster that includes Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, Kenny Hilliard and fullback Jay Prosch. "We didn't make a move immediately because we felt like we were OK," Texans general manager Rick Smith said. "Chris Polk is on the mend and so hopefully he'll be back soon. We'll just keep adjusting to whatever happens out here on the field."
FF Today's Take: There's not a lot to get excited about in the Texans' backfield this year. Alfred Blue looked very mediocre last year and Chris Polk has had only limited experience in two NFL seasons. While Blue probably has the upper hand on the starting job for now, Polk has higher upside.
| Foster to have groin surgery on Friday -- Wed Aug 5 3:45 pm --|
Texans' RB a candidate for short-term injured reserve
|Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will undergo groin surgery in Philadelphia on Friday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He likely will miss the start of the regular season and could be placed on short-term injured reserve, which would allow the Texans to bring him back to practices after Week 6 and into a game after Week 8. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Texans' bye is Week 9 meaning the earliest Foster might see game action is Week 10 if he is indeed placed on the short-term/IR. Unable to agree on a deal with free agent Pierre Thomas, the Texans might elect to stay in-house with their running back options. Alfred Blue and Chris Polk will get first crack to fill Foster's void. Both are mid-to-late-round fliers in re-draft leagues.
| Foster suffers groin injury, may need surgery -- Tue Aug 4 1:48 pm --|
Injured in Monday's practice
|Can confirm report by @taniaganguli that Arian Foster suffered groin injury in practice. Could require surgery. (John McClain on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster reportedly suffered the injury in practice on Monday. We'll wait for something more official from the team, but this doesn't sound good. Some reports suggest Foster is a candidate to placed on injured reserve/return, which would keep him out of the lineup for at least eight games. Stay tuned...
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