The Houston Texans had a far from ideal build up to the 2015 NFL season.
And it hasn't gotten any easier now that the games are underway, with new starting quarterback Brian Hoyer struggling on his debut before being replaced by Ryan Mallet as the Texans slipped to a 27-20 loss to open the new campaign.
There was some optimism that running back Arian Foster could be back from injury for week two, but those hopes have been dashed completely.
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Texans head coach Bill O’Brien spoke with reporters after Sunday’s opening-day loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and was asked if Foster would be fit for their next game.
According Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, O'Brien shot down any notion of the Pro-Bowler facing the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
All the talk of Foster potentially playing next week came from Foster himself, who was reportedly telling his teammates that his injury was feeling good enough that he could make his comeback ahead of schedule.
The Texans desperately need Foster back, but even they can see the benefit in letting him rest and recuperate for two more weeks before unleashing him on the rest of the League.
Apart from J.J Watt, Foster is the biggest name on the Texans roster, but maybe the team should be more concerned with their starting quarterback position rather than Arian.