Houston Texans: Arian Foster has back surgery


Oct 13, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) rushes past St. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes (95) during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Rams won 38-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans’ official web site wrote Thursday that All-Pro running back Arian Foster had his back surgery in California on Thursday.

Foster was suffering from a herniated disc the site reported.

The article also said:

"“Foster sought multiple medical opinions last week both locally and nationally before electing to have the season-ending surgery. He was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.”"

This season in eight games Foster collected 542 yards on 121 carries, an average of 4.5 yards per carry. Foster totaled one touchdown on the ground this season. Foster’s streak of three consecutive seasons with over 1,000 yards rushing and 10 or more touchdowns was snapped due to the injury.

For his career, Foster has 5,063 yards and 45 touchdowns, which comes over a span of five seasons.

The best hope for the Texans is that Foster takes his time this offseason and recovers from not only the back surgery, but the other injuries that bothered him this season.

Foster had been injured basically all season, including at the start of training camp. Still, with all those injuries the former All-Pro had two games of over 100 yards rushing, and was beginning to turn around his season before the back injury ended his season.

The Texans will have a question mark at running back next season, as Foster will be recovering for his back injury, and more than likely Ben Tate (the current starter) will leave via free agency. Tate is playing like a No. 1 running back, even with four cracked ribs.

The best hope for the Texans is Foster recovers 100 percent and they find a good No. 2 back if Tate leave this offseason either on the free agent market or in the draft.