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Kubiak: Foster took 'big step forward'

Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:24 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Arian Foster injury saga continued Friday, as the running back didn't practice ... but still made progress. Again.

Such is the life for any athlete with the combination of scrutiny -- Twitter, fantasy football -- and injury -- hamstring -- that Foster's dealing with.

"Arian did not practice today but worked extremely hard in his rehab," head coach Gary Kubiak said after practice Friday. "He took a big step forward ... it will be a game-time decision."

If I were a sick fantasy football fan who drafted Foster in like 15 leagues, I would resign myself with a "sigh" right now. But right after that, I would run out and pick up Derrick Ward, who will be, according to Kubiak, starting IF Foster can't go on Sunday.

Ben Tate will also get some snaps, although it seems most of the world (sans Kubiak) believes he's a better runner. Ward, on the other hand, is a better blocker.

So it actually makes sense, as our friend Steph Stradley of the Houston Chronicle points out, that if the game between the Texans and Colts is close, that Ward will continue getting the lion's share of carries. If the Texans, as we expect, pile up a big lead on Indy, then you can be sure you'll see plenty of action from Tate.

We mentioned yesterday that Kubiak has an interesting gamble on his hands with this game -- sitting Foster to give him an extra week of rest assuming that the rest of the team can handle a Peyton Manning-less Colts team -- and it's clear he's leaving that option open.

Even if Foster does play, it's unlikely that he'll get anything more than 10-15 carries, though, as the Texans have a full season to worry about, not just Sunday's game.

There've been some reports that Foster is going to miss the game. And there have been some reports that he won't. Speculation, though, is almost pointless until Foster get a ping from the hamstring gods.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:15 pm

Kubiak: Foster took 'big step forward'

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Posted on: December 25, 2011 4:40 pm

Kubiak: Foster took 'big step forward'

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Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 2:22 pm

Kubiak: Foster took 'big step forward'

If Kubiak and Houston are believing they have the proverbial bye week, this week with the Peytonless Colts...and decide to sit Foster under that assumption...they should think again. This is after all the NFL. 2 fumbles by Ward and Tate and suddenly Collins is winning the game with a last minute touchdown....Beware Kubes...If he can go...start him....and yes..I forgot to mention...Foster is on my fantasy team.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 5:01 pm

Kubiak: Foster took 'big step forward'

big ben tate all day long. 150 yards/2 TDs.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 5:00 pm

Kubiak: Foster took 'big step forward'

I hope Foster doesn't feel like he has to go out and play this week.  Let that Tweeted Hammy rest for another week and protect your season, don't push it and do some more damage or make the injury linger.  I wonder if he is a little nervous of what will happen if Ben Tate gets 20 carries though...then maybe people will see how great the Texans O-Line is at blocking for their backs.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:43 pm

Kubiak: Foster took 'big step forward'

my week one opponent has Peyton and Foster.
poor guy.

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:36 pm

Kubiak: Foster took 'big step forward'

Its not very common for a player to miss practice on Friday and play on Sunday.  All you "sick" fantasy players, get Ben Tate into your starting lineups and dont look back.  Hopefully foster is the next Wally Pipp.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:00 pm

Kubiak: Foster took 'big step forward'

Another useless article.

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