Houston Texans running back Arian Foster had surgery Friday to repair a groin muscle that he injured Monday night during the first padded practice of training camp. According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN the muscle tear was so bad that it had actually separated from the bone.
"Texans running back Arian Foster underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a groin muscle that was torn off the bone, according to a source.Although a timetable for his return is unclear, there’s hope that his recovery time will be shorter than three months, the source said."
Foster has not officially been placed on the short-term injured reserve, which would allow him to return after Week 8. Teams are not allowed to use that designation until September 6th, so the star running back could find himself on the reserve list still.
For Foster this is the third straight season in which he will miss significant time, all coming right after signing a monster deal in 2012 which could earn him over $40 million in five years.
Houston will now have to turn to another running back for much of the year, even if Foster is able to come back as quickly as he hopes. The other running backs fighting for playing time will be veteran free agent signing Chris Polk, second-year player Alfred Blue, fourth-year player Jonathan Grimes and rookie Kenny Hilliard.
Blue started three games in 2014 while Foster was out hurt and seems like the favorite to get the bulk of the carries in the starter’s absence.