The starting running back of the Houston Texans, Arian Foster, did not practice in full pads on Monday, the third day of Texans training camp.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said on Monday of Foster missing Monday’s practice in quotes provided by the Texans media department:
“He’s dealing with something. He’ll be fine. He’ll be back. It’s a minor deal. You know, it’s a long season. He’ll be out there.”
Remember Foster is coming off offseason back surgery, as he missed the final eight games of the 2013 regular season. In the eight games Foster did play in he rushed for 542 yards on 121 carries, He scored just one touchdown.
Last preseason, Foster missed all four preseason games with a hamstring issue.
In his five-year career Foster has 1,131 carries for 5,063 yards and 45 touchdowns.
Like O’Brien said it is a long season, and when it comes to Foster all that really matters is if he can be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, not a practice in training camp.
The Texans will and should take their time with Foster, and one plus with Foster being sidelined is now all of us can see what the Texans have at the backup position when it comes to their running back situation.
As long as Foster is healthy by the time the Texans face the Washington Redskins on Sept. 7 the Texans offense should be fine.