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Ex-Texans RB D'Onta Foreman Claimed off Waivers by Colts

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2019

Houston Texans' D'Onta Foreman (27) makes his way to an NFL football training camp practice Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip/Associated Press

The Indianapolis Colts claimed running back D'Onta Foreman off waivers Monday, the team confirmed.

The Chronicle's John McClain reported Sunday the Houston Texans were placing Foreman on waivers, writing they "weren't happy with his work habits." Ian Rapoport of NFL Network added this wasn't a recent issue:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The frustration with RB D’Onta Foreman was evident going back to last season. A bold move that everyone takes notice of so early in camp. https://t.co/zFFg3J5dTP

There's also the question of how well Foreman can perform following his Achilles tear in November 2017. He only made one appearance in 2018 as he completed his recovery.

Speaking to reporters in June, Texans running backs coach Danny Barrett was enthusiastic about Foreman's progress, per Texans Wire's Mark Lane:

"He's light-years ahead of where he was last year at this time, coming off the injury and everything. I still think he's continuing to work hard. I think he's had a good offseason to date. The time away from here, I thought was well spent for himself. Getting ready to go physically, and I think mentally, right now, is what I look at is each and every day."

The Texans' decision to cut Foreman somewhat undercuts Barrett's assessment, though.

The 23-year-old may simply need a fresh start, and Indianapolis is an excellent fit.

The Colts were fourth in adjusted line yards, per Football Outsiders, as their offensive line went from one of the NFL's worst to one of the best a season ago. Foreman might be able to push Marlon Mack for the starting job.

Mack led the team in rushing (908 yards) and is clearly the No. 1 running back in the depth chart at the moment. He isn't so good to the point of being untouchable, though.

Indianapolis opens the regular season Sept. 8 with a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers, leaving Foreman with a little more than a month to get adjusted to his new surroundings.