Arian Foster, defending rushing title champion and would-be starter for the Texans, will have his hamstring scrutinized for another seven days after missing Sunday's matchup against the Saints.
Foster is officially out as of 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, meaning that Ben Tate will get the carries for the Texans, with Steve Slaton backing him up as Derrick Ward is also inactive for Sunday's contest.
Foster's absence is a good thing, if only because the Texans absolutely need to let him get to 100 percent this season before giving him any more carries. They're 2-0, the AFC South is absolutely anemic and even a game against the Saints suddenly doesn't hold the pressure that it might have if 2011 hadn't gone bananas for their division.
Would Foster help them attack the Saints defense? Absolutely. But more important right now is making sure that Foster's hamstring gets completely healed.
The Texans need him for the long haul and Tate's doing a fine job filling in for the moment, so there's no reason not to ride him.
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