Arian Foster Injury: Texans RB Injures Hamstring, Could Drop on Draft Boards
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster re-injured his hamstring Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers, sparking concern that Foster could be a fantasy risk as the regular season approaches.
Gary Kubiak, the Texans head coach, said Foster is day-to-day:
“Everything was positive today. It looks like we’re dealing kind of with the same thing we were dealing with at the start of camp. Hopefully get him back on the rehab train and get him ready for opening day. He’ll be day-to-day. I’ll keep you guys up to date, but we feel like we’re fortunate.”
Day-to-day can mean a lot of different things in NFL lingo, especially coming from a head coach. Foster won't play again in the preseason, and it's probably a safe guess that he won't practice until we inch closer to the regular season opener. The Texans play the Indianapolis Colts Sept. 11 in Houston.
It's certainly something to keep an eye on from a fantasy perspective. Hamstring injuries can be a troublesome and they have a history of sticking around with a player throughout the season.
The injury will especially effect him in the early goings. Back in 2009, Ryan Grant of the Packers had problems with his hamstring in camp. While he recovered in time to start the season, he struggled out of the gates.
The Texans have plenty of running back depth behind Foster, so they can afford to be cautious with his return. Coming back from a hamstring injury too early can spell bigger problems down the road. Certainly the Texans don't want that for their reigning NFL rushing champion.
Overall, I still wouldn't hesitate to take Foster high in your draft, but you might have to expect a slow start to his 2011 season. That alone could be enough to drop him in most drafts. However, Foster should still be good for 1,200 yards this season, especially considering how explosive Houston's offense should be.
Keep an eye on the situation, but expect Foster to be ready for the Texans' opener with the Colts.
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