Pierre Thomas or BenJarvus Green-Ellis could replace the injured Arian Foster at the Houston Texans

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Pierre Thomas and BenJarvus Green-Ellis have been lined up as a possible replacement for the injured Houston Texans’ Arian Foster.

The 30-year-old’s have been thrown in the hat of possible replacements for the Texans’ running back after he injured himself during team training yesterday.

Foster suffered a groin injury during the Texans’ first padded practice of the season. He is likely to miss the start of the season, and could be placed on short-term injured reserve, allowing him to be brought back to practices after week six and into a game after week eight.


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In terms of replacements, two names have been thrown around on twitter, Pierre Thomas and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Thomas has been a free agent since being released by the New Orleans Saints in March earlier this year. During his eight seasons with the team, he earned 3,745 rushing yards from 818 carries and 28 touchdowns, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.

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The Super Bowl XLIV winning running back also achieved 2,608 receiving yards from 327 receptions and 12 touchdowns, averaging eight yards per reception.

Thomas skill set is similar to that of Foster’s which is why he would be a good fit for the Texans. Ian Rapoport tweeted the running back was visiting the team.

Another player that could be a good fit is former Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

He was rumoured to be linking up with the Texans by Rand Geltin on twitter, as the team is familiar with him from his New England Patriots playing days.

He is ready and healthy to play despite not being registered to a team since August 2014 when he was released from the Bengals.

In his six years as a player in the league, Green-Ellis has earned 3,914 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns from 1,008 carries, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. However, he isn’t as a dynamic in the receiving game as Thomas.


When evaluating each running back against one another, its obvious Thomas is the more attractable option as he is a much more dynamic player. Thomas is probably the best running back available on the market as well.

It should be only a matter of time now before he is signed in the wake of Foster’s injury.

However, if the Texans are able to bring Foster back by week eight and just want someone to cover him till his return Green-Ellis wouldn’t be a bad option either.

They have enough in the passing game to cope without a dynamic running back till Foster’s return so he should be suitable enough cover in the running game.

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