Texans’ Foster injures hamstring

Texans running back Arian Foster was ruled out of Sunday’s game

against the Kansas City Chiefs with a hamstring injury that he

sustained in the first quarter.

His backup, Ben Tate, left early in the second half when he took

a hard blow to his shoulder and ribs, and Pro Bowl linebacker Brian

Cushing left later in the third quarter with what appeared to be a

left knee injury.

Foster, who was listed as probable on Friday’s injury report

with thumb, chest and hamstring injuries, went to the locker room

after carrying four times for 11 yards on the Texans’ opening

drive. He had an AFC-leading 531 yards rushing coming into the


The Texans were already without quarterback Matt Schaub, who was

inactive for the game because of right ankle and foot injuries.

Case Keenum started in his place.