| Foster's hamstring issue is recurring injury|
Alfred Blue looking more important as handcuff
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Sep 23, 10:22 am
|Texans running back Arian Foster couldn’t say he’d definitely be ready to return against Buffalo Sunday, admitting the nature of hamstring injuries leaves him no choice but to take it “day by day” when the team returns to practice Wednesday. Foster worked out before the game at MetLife Stadium and admitted his leg felt “really good” but “obviously” not good enough for him to take the chance of making what already seems to be a chronic injury worse. Foster was replaced by rookie Alfred Blue, whose 13 rushes for 78 yards included a 46-yard scamper that set up one of the Texans’ two touchdowns. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: “It’s my hamstring’s call,” is another telling quote from Foster that likely means the recurring soft-tissue injury will nag him all season -- and force Blue into significant action in the coming weeks. If Blue is somehow still available on your league's waiver wire, he's a must-own heading into Week 4.
| Arian Foster "day-to-day" ahead of Week 4|
Hamstring has RB unsure about status vs. Buffalo
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 22, 3:20 pm
|The Texans played without RB Arian Foster on Sunday because they didn’t feel Foster’s hamstring was up to facing the Giants.
On Monday, Foster said that his hamstring felt “good” while working out on Sunday although it obviously wasn’t good enough to allay any fears that the team might have had about his condition. While he felt good on Sunday, he wasn’t making any overly optimistic predictions for this week’s game.
Foster described himself as “day-to-day,”. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Foster's unwillingness to proclaim his readiness for Week 4 means rookie Alfred Blue could be in line for another start against Buffalo. The Bills just got done holding the Chargers' Donald Brown to 62 rushing yards on 31 carries and ranks sixth in the league in run defense, meaning it could be another long day for the Texans on the ground again.
| Arian Foster Inactive|
Alfred Blue expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 21, 11:30 am
|Official: Texans' Arian Foster is inactive. (Nick Mathews via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Foster out, expect Alfred Blue to get the start. Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown will also be in the mix. Blue becomes a low-end RB2 candidate against the Giants.
| Foster's availability for Week 3 in question|
Gametime decision with hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 21, 8:45 am
|Texans running back Arian Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, could sit out a 1 p.m. Sunday game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
The Texans are expected to work out Foster pregame, then make a decision about his status. Foster was limited in practice this week and listed as questionable on the Texans’ final injury report Friday. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foster came into the season with a balky hamstring and has racked up 55 through two games. If he sits Alfred Blue would get the start and vault into RB2 status for Week 3.
|O'Brien: "Arian's going to play a lot"|
Texans running back inline for a heavy workload
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 5, 10:45 am
|Running back Arian Foster starts against Washington. It’s his first action since suffering a season-ending back injury last year.
“Arian’s going to play a lot,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “After that, we’ll see how it goes.
“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.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foster is inline for plenty of touches this week against the Redskins... an all three downs. He'll be spelled by Jonathan Grimes. Given his expected volume, Foster is no-brainer RB1 this week.
| Foster ready to go for Week 1|
Texans running back didn't play in preaseason games
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Sep 2, 11:30 am
|Asked how he felt, Arian Foster said, “Wonderful, physically.
“I’m excited about that (Sunday’s regular-season opener against Washington). I can’t wait to play football.” Foster missed preseason because the Texans wanted to protect him from injury. He underwent season-ending back surgery in 2013. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans played it safe with their star running back this preaseason choosing to sit him out of all four games. He's expected to ready to go on Sunday against the Redskins. Foster's injury risk concerned fantasy owners this summer and for good reason. He missed the majority of 2013 with a back injury and has piled up three seasons of 330-plus touches.
| Foster, Johnson return to practice for Texans|
Both battling hamstring injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Aug 13, 10:45 am
|The Texans had some familiar faces back on Wednesday morning.
Inside linebacker Brian Cushing returned to the active roster off the physically unable to perform list. Running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson also returned to practice after missing two weeks due to hamstring injuries. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans have been hush-hush about the true nature of Foster's injury but it's expected to be of the hamstring variety. No word yet on if either Foster or Johnson will play in Houston's second preseason game against the Falcons on Saturday.
|Texans release three running backs|
Grimes and Blue will backup Foster
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Aug 11, 7:00 pm
|The Texans have released running backs Andre Brown, Dennis Johnson and Tim Cornett.
Brown, 27, was expected to be Arian Foster’s backup this season.
Cornett attended North Shore High School and was a longshot to make the team. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Jonathan Grimes and rookie Alfred Blue passed Brown on the depth chart during camp and become the immediate backups to Foster. Grimies rushed for 73 yards, 1 TD and hauled in 6 catches for 76 yards in two games last season.
| HOU hopeful Foster can play return Saturday|
Team optimistic about Andre Johson's return as well
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 11, 4:20 pm
|Arian Foster (hamstring) and Andre Johnson (hamstring) again missed practice Monday. But the duo put in hard work on a side field while rehabbing from injuries and coach Bill O’Brien said he’s hopeful they can play Saturday against Atlanta at NRG Stadium.
“I’ve spoken to both those guys. They’re doing better,” O’Brien said. “It’s a long season and our trainers are doing a great job with them. But it seems like they’ve improved and hopefully they can do something this week.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: As Houston showed in its preseason opener, its offense doesn't stand much of a chance without its two stars. Foster is very much a risk-reward RB2 that is coming off season-ending back surgery and has dealt with hamstring issues before. His owners would be wise to make a move for Jonathan Grimes just in case of a setback. Johnson's value figures to take a slight hit with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his quarterback, but he is still more than a serviceable fantasy WR2 at age 33.
| Foster, Johnson remain out of practice|
Neither Texans' star has been ruled out against Arizona
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Aug 5, 11:45 am
|Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Brian Cushing, Jadeveon Clowney, Brandon Brooks, Johnathan Joseph and Louis Nix III were among those inactive during the 10th day of training camp.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said the team hasn’t officially ruled anyone out yet for the team’s preseason debut Saturday at Arizona. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson (hamstring) has been out of practice since July 28th while the details of Foster's injury remain unclear. Foster admitted yesterday that he considered retirement after last season's back injury. His injury risk continues to rise in the minds of fantasy owners and only a return to the practice field in the coming days will stop his expected ADP slide.
| Arian Foster back on the sidelines Friday|
“It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious"
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Aug 1, 12:15 pm
|Running back Arian Foster, who’s presumably dealing with a strained hamstring - neither he nor the team has yet confirmed that’s his injury - returned to a spectating role Friday after having participated in a full practice Wednesday. He’d already missed two workouts and part of a third earlier this week.
"He’s doing OK," coach Bill O’Brien said. "It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious. I would assume - (but) guess you can’t assume anything - he’d be back pretty soon." (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Since we don't have confirmation on what exactly the injury to Foster is, it's hard to analyze the situation from a fantasy perspective. What we do know is Foster has a lot of wear and tear on his tires and missed eight games last season with a back injury. He's coming off the board early in Round 2 as RB8 with a boatload of injury risk.
| Arian Foster returns to practice|
Texans RB missed two practices
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jul 30, 10:30 am
|But O’Brien willingly acknowledged Wednesday how important Arian Foster is to the team’s success in 2014.
The star running back resumed action after missing two practices due to injury. “We put him back in there (Wednesday) and he ran some plays, did a good job,” O’Brien said. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans were very hush-hush about Foster's injury and called it "minor". It's good to see him back on the practice field as he is expected to be a big part of the Texans offense this season.
| Foster, Johnson out with "minor" injuries|
Texans missing top two offensive weapons
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jul 29, 1:00 pm
|It took just three days for injuries to limit the Texans’ offense.
Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson tweaked his right hamstring Monday during practice, while star running back Arian Foster was held out of action.
Coach Bill O’Brien said both injuries were minor. The team has not revealed what is affecting Foster, who has not spoken with the media since offseason workouts began and again denied an interview request Monday. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't much of a surprise. Foster has dealt with nagging injuries for the past couple years and its widely known that players missing off-season work tend to find themselves injured during camp at an increased rate. Just how "minor" these injuries are remains to be seen.