After leaving Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts with a back injury before he even had a chance to carry the ball, Foster still hadn't practiced with his teammates, as noted by the Houston Texans on Twitter:
Darryl Sharpton, Wade Smith, Mike Mohammed & Arian Foster did not practice today. #Texans— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 6, 2013
Since breaking out as one of the league's top offensive weapons in 2010, the undrafted Foster piled up yardage and touchdowns on a scale to rival any top running back in the last few decades. From 2010 through 2012, he racked up 5,702 total yards and 47 total touchdowns.
Running the ball and catching it, Foster touched the ball 1,169 times in that three-year stretch.
As it turns out, Foster's body wasn't meant to shoulder such a burdensome load, and before the 2013 season ever began he was already breaking down.
Foster didn't play a single snap during training camp or preseason games as he occupied a spot on Houston's physically unable to perform list (PUP) with a calf injury. He's also been dealing with a hamstring injury and a recurring back problem, for which he's currently being treated.
Bleacher Report's injury expert Will Carroll recently broke down how the hamstring and back could be related, noting that a "tight set of hamstrings will cause pressure on the back."
Needless to say, he's really banged up right now, and his health has impacted his production in a dramatic way.
In the three seasons prior to 2013, Foster averaged 126.7 total yards and just over a touchdown per game. This season (not counting Sunday's game), Foster is still averaging 103.6 yards per game, but he's only scored two touchdowns.
Foster's health problems in 2013 mean...
When healthy, there's no better fantasy back on a week-to-week basis than Foster. Unfortunately, his body appears to be breaking down (and no wonder, considering his heavy workload the past few seasons).
There's a good chance Foster won't play at all in Week 10, and fantasy owners should strongly consider whether or not he's worth keeping on the bench. Nobody knows how long he'll be out or how severe his back injury is, but we do know he hasn't been able to stay on the field this season.
If you have Foster on your team, then now's the time to see if you can find a trade partner. Because of his past achievements, you would be smart to consider keeping your demands for reimbursement high. You never know when another running-back-needy owner will make a desperate move.
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