When the Houston Texans reported to camp earlier this week the biggest move made by the defending two-time AFC South champions was placing starting running back Arian Foster on the PUP list. Saturday Foster spoke to the Houston media following the second day of camp.
Foster told the media, “I’m feeling good, physically. I’m doing good.”
The All-Pro runner was placed on the PUP list as the Texans are putting a watchful eye on Foster’s injured calf, as he’s coming off a season where he rushed for over 1,400 yards.
He’s eligible to come off the PUP list whenever the Texans medical staff clears him for football activities.
“Sometimes muscle injuries can linger,” Foster said. “You can’t play through it. It’s not like playing through a broken collarbone.
“I have played through a lot of things, but this is just something you can’t and there’s no reason to right now. I’m just going to take my time and when I feel 100 percent confident, I’ll be ready.”
Foster had no date in mind to return to practice, as he’s said he’s had soft tissue damage before, just not on his calf. The Texans’ first preseason game is at the Minnesota Vikings on Aug. 9.
“It’s just got some light soreness in there, it’s nothing,” the starting running back said. “I can do pretty much everything, so I’m just going to take it day-by-day.
“I just want to help out my team and be the best me I can be for my squad. That’s what I have been working towards.”
He then spoke about his offseason training.
“I think as an athlete you always have to try and reinvent yourself and you always have to push yourself to the limits,” Foster said. “I think this year I just took my training regimen to another level and we’ll see the results.”
In his four-year NFL career, three years as a starter, Foster has compiled 1,010 carried for 4,521 yards with 44 touchdowns. When asked if he was frustrated, Foster said he wasn’t to an extreme point.
“I wasn’t extremely frustrated,” he said. “I think I was frustrated for probably about an hour or two hours, then I got over it because this is life. You’ve got to react to it. There’s nothing I can do about it, I was injured so I was going to make the best of that situation.”
(All quotes provided by Houston Texans transcripts at houstontexans.com.)