Tag:Houston Texans
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:51 am
Edited on: September 11, 2011 11:37 am
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Arian Foster is inactive vs. Colts

FosterPosted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED 11:37 a.m. ET: It's official. Arian Foster is on the inactive list.

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If you’ve followed the saga of Arian Foster and his bum hamstring, you probably don’t know what to think about his chances to play today vs. the Colts.

He’s either been day to day or taking big steps forward or, in desperation, praying to the hamstring gods for good fortune.

And now we have seemingly have our answer.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Foster is unlikely to play today, and considering he apparently showed up at work today riding in a golf cart, that’s another indication you won’t see him suit up.

Which obviously means Ben Tate and Derrick Ward will get much of Foster’s workload today.

The move isn’t that big a surprise. It’s still early in the season, and the team doesn’t want to push Foster back from a hamstring injury too soon (those things can just linger all year if you’re not careful). Plus, without Peyton Manning playing for the Colts, Houston probably feels it doesn’t need its biggest offensive weapon in order to have a good shot at beating Indianapolis and establishing an early advantage in the AFC South.

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Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Kubiak: Foster took 'big step forward'

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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Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 8:01 pm
 

'Game-time' Foster waiting on 'hamstring gods'

Posted by Will Brinson

You wanna know when Arian Foster will be cleared to play on Sunday? Yeah, well, so does everyone else, including him.

Unfortunately, from the sound of the things that Gary Kubiak -- who called Foster day-to-day Wednesday -- said after practice it doesn't look like we'll get an answer until a little closer to kickoff against the Colts.

"Everything’s still progressing the same way," Kubiak said Thursday. "But obviously we’re getting close to game time."

But Kubiak won't ever really know. Only Foster will when his  unless the "hamstring gods" carbon copy his coach as well.

"I'm going to get an e-mail from the hamstring gods, and they’re going to tell me when it’s ready," Foster said when asked how he'd know when he's ready to play. "I refresh my e-mail every 20 minutes."

Foster also had some serious answers -- "when you try to push through it's just going to re-occur" and "it's something that has to heal completely before you can come back completely" -- but that right there is why this guy is one of my favorite players in the NFL right now.

In other Texans-Colts news, every single person on Houston's team refuses to talk about the fact that Kerry Collins isn't as good as Peyton Manning.

"No, I don’t think so," new defensive coordinator Wade Philips said when asked if he'd change his preparation without Manning in the game. "Like I said, the first ball game is enough. Maybe later in the season maybe some things change, but right now we’re excited about playing this game. We want to put our defense together, play mistake-free and make some plays."

What Phillips didn't mention is that he absolutely owns the Colts new starting Kerry Collins, who is 0-7 in his career when going against Philips-coached teams, having never scored more than 17 points.

Does that mean that the Texans are finally going to shake the Colts and dominate the AFC South. Well nothing's a guarantee but if the stars could ever align for a division title my goodness it's happening for Houston.

Which is probably why they don't want to jinx it.

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Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Gary Kubiak says Arian Foster is 'day-to-day'

Posted by Will Brinson

Now that we've gotten Peyton Manning's immediate injury concern out of the way -- he's just not going to play during Week 1 -- everyone can turn their attention to the Colts opponent, the Texans, and their star running back Arian Foster.

Foster, as you've likely heard, is dealing with a hamstring injury that resulted in some awkward Twitter encounters and even some handsome jokers who run a popular podcast calling him up to talk.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak addressed Foster's injury and was about as vague as you would expect.

"He went a little harder [Wednesday] in his rehab process," Kubiak said. "He'll be day-to-day. I think he's improved every day. The progress has been very good, and I know that there was more progress today."

We'd kind of assumed that Foster would play and, frankly, Kubes comments seem like a bit of injury-report gamesmanship. Or not.

"If Arian’s full speed and can play, we want him to play," Kubiak continued. "We need to be at our best to win a football game, but at the same time, we’ve got to listen to what’s going on. As I said all along, the progress has been very good and I know there was more progress today, so maybe this conversation is different tomorrow. I don’t know. We’ll see."

Yes, those people who drafted him in the first round root for the Texans probably just got a little sick to their stomach.

What's interesting about the Texans approach to this game is that the Colts are a seriously weakened team right now -- that's what happens when Peyton doesn't play. And Houston's seriously deep at running back, as Derrick Ward, Ben Tate and Steve Slaton back up Foster (in that order).

Foster still seems like a good bet to play, barring a setback between now and Sunday, but there's a really spicy and calculated gamble available for Kubiak here if he wants to give Foster an extra week to get healthy against his chief division rival while they're down on the ground.

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Arian Foster 'ready' for Week 1 versus Colts?

Posted by Will Brinson

The two biggest superstar injury concerns are going down in the AFC South, and while Peyton Manning's neck is a big concern for Colts fans, so to is the hamstring of Texans running back Arian Foster.

Foster's been the subject of much scrutiny since leaving a preseason game with the hamstring injury -- including his tweeting a pic of his MRI last week -- but the Houston Chronicle's John McClain wrote on Monday morning that he believes Foster will be good to go for the first week of the season against Indy.

"Because it wasn't a serious hamstring injury, merely an aggravation of the injury that caused him to miss two weeks of camp, he'll be ready for the Colts," McClain wrote. "No one knows for sure about it being an issue this season, but fantasy football owners should take him and not look back."

Yes, there's a good chance McClain's decision to mention fantasy football will sit hilariously well with Foster. And no, he's not actually reporting that Foster has been cleared to play Week 1, I don't believe.

And no, it's also not an official word from either the Texans or head coach Gary Kubiak.

But McClain knows the team as well as anyone not actually employed by said team, and if he's willing to push his chips into the center of the table to back Foster's ability to get on the field Week 1, that's about as good a sign as you can get for the Texans running game.

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:31 am
Edited on: September 5, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Peyton 'doubtful' for Week 1, won't practice

Posted by Will Brinson

Peyton Manning's been the story of the NFL preseason thus far, thanks to a complicated neck surgery he underwent 15 weeks ago and the slow process which which he's recovered.

It became a bigger story on Monday when the Colts announced that not only has his rehab "slowed," but that Manning won't practice leading up to the Week 1 game against the Texans and will be listed as "doubtful" on the official injury report.

"During the last week, the rate of improvement in Peyton’s rehabilitation process slowed," the Colts said in a statement released by the team Monday. "Over the weekend Peyton experienced soreness in his back. It was originally thought to be a normal reaction to his rehabilitation regimen. When the soreness persisted, the Colts medical team decided to initiate diagnostic tests and to consult with a number of specialists around the country who have been involved in Peyton’s case from the outset. That process continues.

"As a result of the most recent development the doctors have decided that Peyton will not practice. His participation therefore, in Sunday’s game versus Houston will likely be doubtful. We will update his playing status as required by NFL policy as the week goes on."

The Colts also added that "the end date" of Peyton's recovery "is unpredictable" and that "it serves no useful purpose to speculate about hypothetical outcomes."

Which is precisely what I'll do right now: it doesn't look good for Peyton playing.

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That seems insane, but, hey it's been a busy day for Indy, who also announced that new gameday consultant Jim Tressel would serve a non-suspension suspension for the first six games of the season.

And it's still entirely possible that Peyton does play in Week 1 against Houston. Here's the logic for why he won't: Indianapolis has 16 games they'll play this season, and while the first one against Houston is extremely important, it won't decide the fate of their 2011 season.

Additionally, the newest backup in town, Kerry Collins, has seen the Texans a time or two in his career. And while he's just 3-4 against Houston (which probably won't impress at least one of his wide receivers) he has completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 1,550 yards in seven games while throwing for six touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Those aren't Peyton Manning numbers, of course, but they're also not Curtis Painter numbers either.

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Posted on: September 4, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Man drowns at home of Texans' Antonio Smith

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Richmond (Texas) Fire Department was called to the home of defensive end Antonio Smith Sunday morning where authorities said a dead body was found at the bottom of the pool. Smith, 29, held a party for 100 people at his $1 million, five-acre estate Saturday night. The Houston Chronicle reports that 25 people spent the night.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's office said the victim was a 37-year-old, black male from the Katy (Texas) area, and was last seen around 2 a.m. local time. The Associated Press reports that the victim was a family friend of Smith's. Officials don't suspect foul play but an autopsy has been ordered.

"All I know is they had a party last night and they found a guy at the bottom of the pool this morning," Bob Haenel, a spokesman for the Fort Bend County Sheriff's office said, via the Chronicle.

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Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring



Posted by Ryan Wilson

The same fantasy football nerds who so enraged Texans running back Arian Foster earlier this week likely spent most of Wednesday pouring over X-rays of Foster's balky hamstring to gauge if he would, in fact, be ready for the season opener on September 11. 

No need to fear people only interested in stats and not the well being of the actual players behind them. Foster reports that he's fine.

"This is an MRI of my hamstring, The white stuff surrounding the muscle is known in the medical world as anti-awesomeness," he tweeted Wednesday.

For those of you concerned that notifying the world that his hammy isn't yet 100 percent just leads to, among other things, baseless speculation, Foster has a response for that, too.

"If I had a "significant injury" why post it?" Foster added on Twitter later Wednesday afternoon. "I'll be fine, it was just meant to make fun of the whole situation. Humor is lost nowadays."

Fair enough. But former Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi, appearing on ESPN radio Thursday morning, gave one reason why publicly sharing injury information is, in general, a horrible idea. If Bruschi were preparing to play against Foster, guess what he'd focus on should the two end up at the bottom of a pile? Yep, you got it.

“As a defensive player, if this is his hamstring, noting that the sore spot — the white spot that he calls anti-awesomeness — is in the middle of the hamstring, as I’m getting off of a pile, maybe I push,” Bruschi said, according to PFT.com. “Maybe that’s where I push. Because I know that’s exactly where it is. I give it a little dig, I give it a little twist as I get off the pile. Maybe I do that.”

You can say this skirts fair play and good sportsmanship but Bruschi wouldn't be doing anything illegal. It is in the spirit of the rules? Probably not, but you can't flag a guy for using another player to pull himself off a mass of humanity. (Not yet, anyway. That said, we wouldn't be surprised if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell arbitrarily decided to start fining players for it midway through the season. The man is nothing if not unpredictable.)

So while Foster sent out the X-ray for a laugh, it also served as a neon sign to would-be opponents pointing right at his hamstring.

Fair or not, that's the reality.

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