MALIBU, Calif. — When Texans running back Arian Foster was carted off the team’s practice field last month, several fans gasped. The franchise running back told FOXSports.com on Friday that Houston fans need not worry, he’s on the right path to recovery.
“Yeah, it’s going good man,” Foster told FOXSports.com in an exclusive interview on the set of a Foot Locker Under Armour commercial. “It’s just a small calf strain. News is dry in the offseason, so it made headlines.”
When asked if he’ll be ready for training camp, Foster quipped: “Yeah, more than likely.”
While the calf strain isn’t that serious, Foster’s recovery has been aided by spending time inside a hyperbaric chamber.
“I try to get in there once a day. I try to get in there for 45 minutes or an hour or two hours. Some guys believe in it, some guys don’t.
“It creates the white blood cells in your body and helps with oxygen flow to promote the healing process and recovery. I feel like it works.”
You know what else works? Eating right. Foster, who was a strict vegan last June, has since added chicken and fish to his diet.
Foster was walking around and in terrific spirits during the shoot, which features a brand new collection that will be available during the back-to-school months.
“We went through OTAs and everything went well. It’s more for the younger guys, in my opinion,” said Foster, who rushed for 1,424 yards as the Texans advanced to the NFL Divisional Round in 2012.
“It’s for them to get around the guys, around the system and see how we work. [The veterans’] work starts in training camp.”
Foster, who will likely be running behind a new fullback for the fourth year in a row, has heard rumors floating around about his former teammate Vonta Leach possibly re-joining the club.
“Obviously, I have played with Vonta before and I know his game and we work well together. He’s one of the best fullbacks in the league, if not the best. We just signed Greg Jones and that’s what the NFL is all about. It’s about competition. I’m not sure if [the Texans] will make that move, but if they do, it will be a competition during camp.”
One stumbling block to adding Leach is the Texans are already up against the salary cap. Which means the fullback would likely need to sign a deal for the league minimum.
“I’m a good friend of Vonta’s, but at the end of the day we’re just trying to get wins, so whatever is best for the team, I am for.”
Whether or not the club decides to make the transaction, the Texans look to be in good shape heading into the downtime of the NFL offseason.