2013 Houston Texans: Injuries hampered RBs

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Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries destroyed what could have been a great season for the Houston Texans, especially at the running back spot, as the 2-14 Texans finished the year with their top two running backs in the injured reserve, leaving them with more questions this offseason.

The Texans top running backs in Arian Foster and Ben Tate each ended the year on the IR and played a majority of the season with injuries when they were on the field.

Foster was injured in the offseason and didn’t begin the year strong. By the time he was warming up he injured his back and missed over half the season. Foster totaled 542 yards rushing and one touchdown.

The former All-Pro running back carried the ball 121 times and had just two carries for over 20-plus yards.

Foster’s 2013 season wasn’t what was expected, but it is over and now the Texans’ No. 1 running back is a player who is entering his sixth season with a list of injuries that have the potential to return this season.

What I’m more worried about is how Foster recovers this offseason, because if we are being honest with each other, my question to everyone is: What can we really expect from a running back who had hamstring and back injuries last season?

Back injuries are very tricky, and for a running back trying to get over them, who knows how his back will respond once back in game action.

The Texans better had a really good backup plan in place for the 2014 season.

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