Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster is recovering from a torn Achilles that ended his 2015 season prematurely.
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Foster to Start Jogging in Rehabilitation
Tuesday, Feb. 2
“Today you start some light jogging,” Foster's doctor told him on Tuesday, which the running back posted to his Instagram account (Warning: Link contains profanity). “No pivoting, cutting, explosive activity. Strengthen all you want. Do your heel lift, elliptical, bike, jog. Surf. Maybe not surfing.”
Foster, 29, accumulated 390 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in four games this season before being lost for the season to a torn Achilles.
The fact that Foster has missed 23 games in the last three years, turns 30 in August and has a cap hit of $8.925 million in 2016, per Spotrac, doesn't bode well for his chances to return to the Texans, however. While a healthy Foster remains a dynamic weapon as both a runner and receiver, the Texans may not be willing to absorb that much money to keep such an injury-prone player.
Nonetheless, the team seems pleased with his work ethic during his recovery period.
“He’s been in our building quite a bit working hard to get back,” head coach Bill O’Brien told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle in late January. “He’s a really good guy, good teammate, missed being out there, obviously he wanted to be out there helping us. He’s been a great player for the Houston Texans. He’s working hard to get back.”
If the Texans ultimately do cut Foster, however, they could again rely on a platoon of Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes. The team could also look to add a free-agent running back or bolster the position during the draft.
Foster, meanwhile, would assuredly have plenty of suitors on the market, but his days of securing a big-money deal are likely behind him given his injury-prone reputation.