On Sunday when speaking with the Houston media, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said starting running back Arian Foster could make his preseason debut against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth and final preseason game.
When asked by the media in Houston if Foster could see some action in the final preseason game on Thursday, O’Brien said:
“It’s possible. We really haven’t sat down and talked about that one yet. We’re still in the process of evaluating, getting ready for Tuesday with the cuts that we have to make. Yeah, it’s possible.”
O’Brien later said:
“Arian has practiced. He practiced against Denver. He had some good practices against Denver. I feel like he had a productive week there and regardless of what we do Thursday night, he’ll be ready to play.”
If I were the Texans I wouldn’t let Foster get anywhere near the field until Week 1 against the Washington Redskins. With the lack of depth the Texans have at running back right now, it makes no sense to have Foster play in a meaningless preseason game.
What good would it do to have Foster play the 49ers a week before the real games? The risk of him being injured is too much to not overlook, because there is no reward in having Foster on the field in the final preseason game.
Last year Foster missed the final eight games of the regular season with a back injury that eventually needed surgery.
It is in the best interest of the Texans for them not to play Foster this Thursday against the 49ers.