Arian Foster has been a source of frustration for the Houston Texans, and fantasy football owners, on occasions during his six years in the NFL.
One of the top running backs in the league when healthy, Foster has, at times, struggled to stay on the field due to numerous injury concerns - including a hamstring issue that limited him to eight games in 2013 and impacted his 2014 campaign.
Injury fears resurface
News today then, that Foster has suffered a groin injury just a few days into Texans training camp, will be a concern for fans and staff at the Houston franchise.
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ESPN's Houston reporter Tania Ganguli was the first to report the issue, revealing that Arian Foster picked up the issue during pad work:
Ganguli's ESPN colleague, Adam Schefter, has added a little extra detail on Tuesday afternoon as the story continues to develop:
Houston's head coach, Bill O'Brien, had told reporters on Monday that the reason Arian Foster spent much of Monday's session watching on from the sidelines was because it was a rest day for the 28-year-old star.
These fresh reports however suggest there may be a deeper issue at play.
At this stage it is unclear exactly how serious the groin issue is for Arian Foster but, considering the 28-year-old's chequered history with injury - he has missed 11 games over the past two seasons - many will be erring on the pessimistic side at this stage.
Looking to repeat
With training camp having only just begun there is, of course, several weeks to go before the 2015 NFL season gets under way - allowing the Texans plenty of time to treat/rest the injury as is required.
With Arian Foster coming off the back of a 1,500 yard, eight touchdown season both the player and his team will be desperate not to see injury influence another campaign.
Indeed, that 1,500 yards would have been expanded upon had back up Alfred Blue not had to step in to take over in two games in 2014.
Tani Ganguli has tweeted a fresh update on the situation and it doesn't sound good for Foster or the Texans:
Texans fans: Could your team cope without Arian Foster for a significant period of time? Have your say in the comments below...