The Houston Texans need a healthy Arian Foster, and they need him badly.
The Texans have tripped over themselves to a 1-4 start to the 2015 NFL season, hurt badly by the lack of an elite starting quarterback, a secondary that is completely unable to stop a passing offense, and star running back Arian Foster spending the first month of the season on the physio table.
However, to the delight of the Texans fan-base, and coaching staff for that matter, after playing in the loss against the Indianapolis Colts last week, Foster is finally getting back to full strength and fitness.
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Nearing Full Strength
For the first time this season, Foster was a full participant in practice and the enigmatic running back seemed to intimate that he was starting to trust his groin more-so than last in last week's game.
“Yeah, I knew what he meant because it’s hard to trust it,” Foster said, when asked about his doctor telling him that the strength in Foster's groin would come back slowly.
“You can sprint as fast as you think you want to go in practice or in training or whatever, but there’s nothing like replicating a game feel. It’s just about getting out there and trusting it and trusting your rehab process.”
The Texans are in desperate need of an Arian Foster in top form. They currently rank 20th in the NFL in terms of rushing, with Alfred Blue and Chris Polk struggling to recreate the four-time Pro Bowler's offensive output.
Houston head coach Bill O'Brien seemed happy with Foster's progress, saying that the 29-year-old was looking good out on the practice field.
“He’s had a good week,” O’Brien said. “It looks like he’s getting back to full strength.”
The Texans will need Foster to be back to full strength if they want to turn their season around, starting with the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend.