Texans running back Arian Foster’s strained right calf will keep
him off the practice field until training camp this summer.
Foster was injured in an offseason practice on Tuesday. Tests
revealed no further damage, but the strain will keep Foster on
crutches for at least a couple of days.
Coach Gary Kubiak said he expects his leading rusher to be fine,
but that he won’t participate in the team’s practices over the next
”Don’t expect me to bring him back out here,” Kubiak said.
”We’re not going to do anything to take a risk with him … so
we’ll just go to work on getting him healthy and getting him ready
for training camp.”
Kubiak said that Foster, who ran for 1,424 yards last season,
was injured simply taking a step on a play on Tuesday. He believes
Foster will be healthy in plenty of time for the start of training
camp, which usually is held in late July. Kubiak expects Foster to
have to be at the stadium working with the medical staff to get
better for the next few weeks.
”It might have ruined Arian’s summer,” Kubiak said. ”He’s
going to have to be here a lot.”
Ben Tate is the only other running back on the roster that was
with the team last season after Houston lost free agent Justin
Forsett in free agency to the Jaguars. Houston added Deji Karim,
who has just 290 yards rushing in three NFL seasons, and four
undrafted rookies earlier this month to beef up the thin group.
Tate had 65 carries for 279 yards backing up Foster last season.
He missed five games with injuries in 2012 after sitting out his
entire rookie season in 2010 after breaking an ankle in his first
preseason game. His best season came in 2011 when he ran for 942
yards and four touchdowns in 15 games.
Though Foster’s injury will have Tate practicing with the first
team, he wasn’t that excited about the extra work he’ll get in
organized team activities.
”It’s OTAs. I want more reps during the game,” he said. ”I
don’t really care about OTAs. It’s always good to perfect your
craft and get better, but it’s OTAs, it’s not even training
Despite that, he’s hoping he can contribute more this season and
work with Foster to make Houston’s running game better.
”I want to come in and get better every single day and do
whatever coaches ask me to do to help this team take the next
step,” he said.
Also on Wednesday, Kubiak provided an update on injured safety
Ed Reed, who had hip surgery in Colorado last month. Kubiak said he
returned to his home in Atlanta this week to begin a rehabilitation
Kubiak had a long talk with the nine-time Pro Bowler on Tuesday
and expects him in Houston for the team’s mandatory mini-camp that
begins June 11.
He said Reed, who signed a three-year contract with Houston
after spending 11 seasons with Baltimore, will travel with the
Ravens next week as they celebrate their Super Bowl victory with a
visit to the White House.