Houston Texans running back and last years NFL rushing champ Arian Foster was held out of todays practice along with rookie cornerback Roc Carmichael who did not practice on Wednesday, no other players were limited during the days activities. While Carmichael will not play Sunday due to a shoulder injury Arian foster has been designated as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Back-up running back Derrick Ward told the media today that he, Ben Tate, and Steve Slaton are all three practicing as if they will be starters this Sunday in the event Arian Foster is unavailable for Sunday’s opener against AFC South division rival Indianapolis Colts.
While second year running back Ben Tate is anxious to hit the ground running and possibly break-out this season. It is Ward who has appeared to be more confident in his roll with the Texans since landing in Houston at the beginning of the 2010 regular season. Ward could possibly find himself starting for the injured Arian Foster. However, in all likelihood the Texans will platoon the position with the likes of all three back-up runningbacks.
On a AFC South note the recent release of another division rival quarterback in David Garrard, only days before the start of NFL regular season. Let us not all forget about the new quarterbacks in Tennessee with both Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker. Recent rumors of a third neck surgery for Indianapolis Colts pro bowl quarterback, Peyton Manning, likely ending his season before it even began are giving Texans fans even more reason to believe that this will finally be the year the team earns the first playoff berth in franchise history.
If one was, at anytime, not jumping onto the Houston Texans bandwagon it seems like the time would be now to do so. As Toro Times writer Luis Fayad put it, The AFC South is ripe for the Texans taking.
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