Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4
James Palmer of CSN Houston provides an update on Arian Foster's Week 1 status:
If you didn’t know, Arian Foster will start Sunday. O’Brien added he’ll play a lot. But back ups will play at some point in the game.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) September 4, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2
James Palmer of CSN Houston passed along comments from Arian Foster about his health leading up to the Texans' season opener:
Arian Foster was asked how he feels physically. "I feel wonderful physically." Foster did not play in any games during preseason.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) September 2, 2014
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle also passed along more from Foster:
Asked about the inactivity during preseason causing him to be rusty against the Redskins, Foster said, “There’s are pros and cons, but life’s about balance.
“I feel like it could go both ways. If you’re a veteran player who understands how the game is played, it can work to your advantage. It can work to your advantage taking hits off in the preseason.
“On the flip side, it gets you used to the load you’re going to carry in the season. You just have to play the cards you’re dealt.”
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
James Palmer of CSN reports that Foster is practicing today:
It's a light practice today, but Joseph, Cushing, Foster, Johnson all are dressed. No word on if any play Saturday. Ask after practice— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) August 21, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20
Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle has the latest on Foster:
But Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Brian Cushing were among those who increased their activity Tuesday, during the first of three joint practices between the Texans and Broncos. Foster often ran with the Texans’ first team and displayed his normal acceleration, while Johnson and Cushing saw some first-team activity.
“They practiced more than they had and it’s a good sign for our football team,” O’Brien said.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Following practice, Bill O'Brien spoke on the chances of Arian Foster playing in the Texans' next preseason game (via Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston):
Arian, Andre and Cushing haven't been ruled out for Saturday, O'Brien said.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) August 13, 2014
Earlier, Zangaro provided an update on Arian Foster's injury:
Arian Foster's day done a bit early. Pads are off. His first day back. Likely managing him.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) August 13, 2014
Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle notes that Foster is taking part in drills:
Foster, Johnson going through all early drills.— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) August 13, 2014
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports Arian Foster's status for today's practice:
Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and Brian Cushing return to practice against Falcons.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 13, 2014
Having Foster, Johnson and Cushing at practice will give Texans a huge lift. They need it after so much negativity after Cards loss.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 13, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
The Texans passed along Bill O'Brien's thought on Arian Foster as he tries to recover to full health:
'I've spoken to both those guys & they're doing better. Seems like they improved & hopefully they'll be back this week." on Foster & Johnson— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) August 11, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com provides an update on Arian Foster's status from Texans head coach Bill O'Brien:
"There's a shot," O'Brien says when asked about Andre Johnson and Arian Foster returning for Preseason Week 2. #Texans— Deepi Sidhu (@DeepSlant) August 10, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston updated Arian Foster's status:
Arian Foster and Andre Johnson aren't going to play on Saturday, O'Brien said. #Texans— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) August 7, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 2
James Palmer of CSN Houston has the latest on Foster's status:
Arian Foster not dressed again today. Yesterday O'Brien said he'll be back soon. We'll see when. He is sporting a DQ shirt.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) August 2, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 1
The Texans official Twitter feed has head coach Bill O'Brien's take on Foster:
Brian T. Smith of The Houston Chronicle has the latest on Foster:
Arian Foster was back in warmups Friday, sitting out another Texans training camp practice.
Foster returned to action Wednesday. But the star running back has now missed three of four workouts while dealing with an undisclosed injury.
Updates from Wednesday, July 30
Mark Berman of Fox 26 provides comments from Arian Foster:
Arian Foster on returning to practice after missing couple days: "I'm just trying to be the best teammate I can be." And that's all he said— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 30, 2014
Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle passes along thoughts from coach Bill O'Brien:
#Texans' Bill O'Brien on Arian Foster: "He's a really good football player, obviously. ... The Houston Texans need a healthy Arian Foster."— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) July 30, 2014
Tania Ganguli of ESPN provides more from O'Brien:
"We follow the direction of Geoff Kaplan and then our doctors and what they say on each player," O'Brien said. "But you know, guys that have played a lot of years like an Andre Johnson, that’s a guy that you’re going to definitely listen to how he feels before you put him back out there."
Brett Coomer of the Houston Chronicle posted a picture of Foster from practice:
Zangaro reports that the running back had limited action in practice on Wednesday:
Arian Foster just got a carry in team. Busted through the line. Looked fine to me. Just one carry though.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) July 30, 2014
Arian is sitting on the trainers table. Had a couple carries in last team session. Might have had plan to limit him today. Not sure.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) July 30, 2014
Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston has the latest on Foster:
Arian Foster is dressed and has a helmet. Looks like he's going to practice today. Got hurt on Sunday. #Texans— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) July 30, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 29
Tania Ganguli of ESPN reported on Arian Foster's status:
While saying he wasn't worried about it, Andre Johnson said on Monday the most important thing for him going forward was to take care of the hamstring that tightened up when he made a diving catch during practice.
Today, that meant one more day without Johnson on the field. Running back Arian Foster also missed practice, which marks two-and-a half consecutive morning practices he's missed. Foster missed the final hour of Sunday's morning training camp practice and then missed Monday's altogether.
At this point in the NFL offseason, the only thing that truly matters is limiting or preventing injuries. Arian Foster and the Houston Texans are finding that out the hard way, as Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle noted:
Star running back Arian Foster was held out of action.
Coach Bill O’Brien said both injuries were minor.
The team has not revealed what is affecting Foster, who has not spoken with the media since offseason workouts began and again denied an interview request Monday.
The other injury Bill O’Brien was referring to was Andre Johnson’s hamstring issue, but it was Foster’s absence that jumped out at practice Monday, largely because the nature of the injury was unknown.
O’Brien had some reassuring words though for Texans fans, via Smith: "He’s dealing with something. He’ll be fine. He’ll be back. It’s a minor deal. You know, it’s a long season. He’ll be out there."
Foster initially exited practice early Sunday, which makes his absence all the more interesting from Monday. The Texans went full contact in pads at times during practice, so holding out their star running back was probably in the team’s best interest at this point.
Foster has been in the league since 2009 and certainly understands how to manage his body and any lingering injuries at this point of his career. There is no real need to push things to the limit in late July.
Stay tuned for more updates as they develop.