Houston Texans made an expected move in waiving third year running back , D’Onta Foreman.
All bets were off the table after Houston Texans running back D’Onta Foreman tore his Achilles against the Arizona Cardinals in his rookie season. The Texans had similar experiences with dealing with these injuries from Arian Foster, Demaryius Thomas, and Kayvon Webster. They ultimately were not going to be the players they once were so they were waived or not extended to a new contract.
The world of sports medicine has not found a clear solution to address the severity of an Achilles injury and it is a deal-breaker for an athlete at the running back position. Texans no longer had any strong ties with Foreman as an investment in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft with Rick Smith no longer the general manager in the Texans front office.
If the Texans were ready to move on Foreman, the timing was perfect as they gave him a head start to find a new team, and begin the process of navigating the market for a backup running back. Whether it is via trade or signing, Texans will probably add another ball carrier to the backfield to add competition to that skill position.
The issue in releasing Foreman is that the Texans have Lamar Miller, Gregory Howell, Josh Ferguson, Karan Higdon, Damarea Crockett, and Taiwan Jones in their 90 man roster. Outside Miller, the rest of the running backs have little to no track record of being able to be a ball carrier at the NFL level.
Texans will have this upcoming week in Green Bay to see how they fare against the Packers in joint practices and in their first preseason game this Thursday.