Report: Arian Foster misses practice


Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) warms up before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Tania Ganguli is reporting Houston Texans running back Arian Foster missed practice Wednesday as he was with doctors.

The article stated:

"“Foster missed practice on Wednesday as he was with doctors having a back injury diagnosed, Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said.”"

Ganguli also reported:

"“The running back has had injuries to his back, hamstring and calf since the start of training camp. He began training camp on the physically unable to perform list due to the calf injury. When his calf healed, he suffered a back injury that he said was not related and remained on PUP.”"

My thoughts are if the Texans miss Foster this week, at least they are used to not having him on the field in recent weeks, due to the fact he’s played just a handful of plays due to injuries their past two games. Still, not having Foster on the field isn’t a good thing to have happen to a team.

The running back situation of the Texans is worrisome because Ben Tate is playing injured with broken ribs, and eventually that will affect his overall play … it just has to eventually catch up with him.

This week is a good test for the 2-6 Texans, but again, if they don’t have their two main running backs up to their potential in this game they could be facing a seventh consecutive loss.

Not having Foster in the line and Tate battered will put a lot more pressure on second-year quarterback Case Keenum and company this week, which will be a good way to evaluate Keenum for future seasons.