Foster returns to practice, Johnson remains out

Texans running back Arian Foster returned to practice Wednesday.  

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HOUSTON – After missing two days of practice, running back Arian Foster returned to the field at Houston Texans training camp Wednesday morning.

The cause for Foster’s absence is still unknown, with head coach Bill O’Brien cheekily saying it wasn’t "life threatening injures" Tuesday afternoon, but it was speculated that he tweaked him hamstring.

While Foster was back in uniform, and in full pads for the first time, in the fifth day of Texans training camp, Andre Johnson missed a second consecutive workout while recovering from a minor hamstring injury of his own.

After morning workouts, Foster remained tight-lipped on the details of the injury that caused him to missed two practices, or how he felt returning to the field, repeatedly saying he is "trying to be the best teammate he can be."

Head coach Bill O’Brien was more insightful with his feelings about the star running back returning to practice.

"Yeah, we put him back in there today and he ran some plays, did a good job," O’Brien said. "He’s a really good football player, obviously. This team is really counting on him. You know, he’s a guy that is smart, instinctive and obviously very talented. The Houston Texans need a healthy Arian Foster, so it was good to see him out there today."

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