The Houston Texans announced that D’Onta Foreman took part in some of the practice on Wednesday.
The 21-day window for the Houston Texans to evaluate where D’Onta Foreman is from a physical standpoint has officially started with the running back taking part in some of the drills on Wednesday. Foreman had a serious Achilles injury last year in his rookie season against the Arizona Cardinals that ended his season in a frustrating fashion.
Achilles injuries have always been difficult injuries to bounce back from, former Texans running back, Arian Foster, suffered a similar injury that ended his tenure with the team and influenced in his decision to retire from the NFL. The Texans obviously have high hopes for Foreman to return back to where he was last season, but it’ll be a challenge as he’ll have to get back into football shape after spending most of the year focusing on rehabbing from his injury.
Foreman seemed pretty upbeat during the public meeting with the local media, and he seemed ready to prove that he was ready to return the football field:
It isn’t likely however that he will be ready to play the next couple of weeks as the team hopes to take their time and not rush a promising player so quickly from such a serious injury. The Texans invested a third-round pick to select Foreman in the 2017 NFL Draft. Foreman was off to a good start last season before getting injured, he had 78 carries for 327 yards, and was averaging an impressive 4.2 yards as a rookie running back.
The Texans could use another running back option after mainly using Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue as their main ball carriers. Tyler Ervin was recently waived and Gregory Howell has been used mainly on special teams.
Foreman will be eligible to continue to practice with the team for the following three weeks before they have to make a decision whether he will be able to play this season with the Texans. Foreman seemed confident that he’ll be back this season, but whether he is able to run with the same burst he used to have will determined in the next couple of weeks by him and the opinions of the coaching and training staff.