In what has become a common occurrence over the past two seasons, Arian Foster is less than 100-percent healthy.
UPDATE by Justin Welton at 2:12 p.m. ET
According to Nick Scurfield of HoustonTexans.com, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is optimistic Foster will play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins but he is considered a game-time decision.
Arian Foster (knee) & Brooks Reed (hip) did not practice today. Kubiak said they'll be game-time decisions but is optimistic they'll play— Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) September 7, 2012
Kubiak also mentioned how Foster's MRI "checked out fine" according to Scurfield.
Kubiak said Arian Foster had an MRI yesterday and that he checked out fine #Texans— Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) September 7, 2012
Regardless of Foster's label on the injury list, he expects to play according to the Houston Texans Twitter Page.
Foster: "I expect to play on Sunday".— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 7, 2012
We will find out if Foster is on the field come game time. Judging by his desire to be on the field to help his team secure victory, he's not a guy I would bet against.
End of Update
Texans said RB Arian Foster (knee) and OLB Brooks Reed (hip) left practice early today as a precaution, but they're fine for Sunday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 6, 2012
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain also notes that head coach Gary Kubiak said Foster's knee is "sore," but he thinks he is "OK."
Sounds like normal football wear and tear to me, but should Foster's injury get any worse, it's not like the Texans aren't used to dealing with this type of problem.
Foster played all 16 games in 2010, but his backup, Ben Tate, was forced to miss the entire season after breaking his ankle. In 2011, Foster was only able to start 13 games—and had the dreaded "questionable" tag for many of those—due to hamstring problems.
How many games will Foster play in 2012?
As long as Foster is able to suit up, he's going to get carries and he's going to make the most out of those carries.
Despite playing in just 13 games last season, Foster still managed to rack up 278 carries for 1,224 yards. Extrapolate that to a full season, and it would have been 342 carries for more than 1,500 yards. That's just one year removed from his 327-carry season.
The Texans, who carried the ball second-most in the NFL last season, clearly are pretty fond of their new "elite defense and pound-the-ball-via-the-ground offense" identity.
Don't expect that to change with a meager "probable" next to Arian Foster's name. And even if that knee injury worsens, Tate has proved he is more than capable of carrying a full load in Foster's stead.
We'll keep you posted on whatever new developments may occur.