| Texans to employ committee approach at RB -- Tue Oct 27 9:25 am --|
Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk will share workload
|Without Arian Foster, the Texans’ running game has absorbed a major hit and will employ a committee approach of Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes to try to assume some of Foster’s versatility and production. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: When Foster was sidelined previously after undergoing groin surgery, Blue was the starter and had one big game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he flashed some vision and power.
“We’ve got to come together as a unit and have a good practice and come together for the Tennessee game,” Blue said. “It’s frustrating. We’re better than this.”
Blue is the Texans’ leading rusher with 234 yards and a touchdown on 60 carries and has averaged 3.9 yards per carry. He's the best bet to assume the majority of carries, but both Grimes and Polk will get work in the passing game and in teh red zone.
| Foster done for season with torn Achilles -- Mon Oct 26 4:10 pm --|
Texans likely to move forward with combination of Blue, Polk
|Arian Foster suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of his injury.
Foster was carted off the field with a non-contact leg injury late in the fourth quarter of Houston's 44-26 embarrassing loss to Miami.
Foster left the game with 18 carries for 59 yards on the ground, five catches for 66 yards through the air and two touchdowns. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: This marks another setback for Foster, who has rarely been fully healthy throughout his career and missed three games earlier this season with a groin injury. It's also quite possible he has played his final down with the Texans as well. Foster will turn 30 before the start of next season and will be owed $7 million in 2016 salary and bonuses. Expect Houston to invest a high draft pick at the position regardless of whether or not they sign a free agent their current stable of backs (Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes).
| 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 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.