2011 NFL Rumors: Will Arian Foster's Hamstring Injury Linger into Season?
Arian Foster may recover from his hamstring injury as soon as next week, but it's unlikely that we've heard the last of this injury.
A tweaked hamstring tends to be a recurring injury. Given the way the workload the Texans put on Foster, he's not exactly in an ideal situation for nursing a hamstring injury.
The Texans need him at 100%. They appear to be on the verge of something special and Foster is a big part of that. He doesn't have to put forth a repeat performance of 2010, but they need him in the lineup for 16 games.
Foster is their feature back and proved last year he can be the most productive back in the NFL if the conditions are right.
Unfortunately, the conditions may not be right. A pull here, a bump there and all of a sudden, Foster is heading down the path that so many workhorse backs go down.
That's the reason why the NFL has gotten away from the one-back system. Sure, fantasy owners love it, but the shelf life of a running back like Foster is short.
The Texans have to be concerned. Early signs of their back not being at full strength are bothersome. This isn't something like Andre Johnson's dislocated finger that has a timetable. A hamstring injury can follow a player for the entire season.
The scary part is, nobody knows when the injury could creep back into play. Everything could be going great up until midseason, when a bad cut puts Foster on the sidelines.
It's a minor injury now, but it could play a major role in the Texans' season.
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