Tag:Ben Tate
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:51 am
Edited on: September 11, 2011 11:37 am

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.


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 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: August 31, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 4:29 pm

Arian Foster tweets hamstring MRI, still fine?

Posted by Will Brinson

Much ado has been made of the hamstring injury that Arian Foster's suffered on Saturday night as the Texans beat down San Francisco in the preseason.

And Foster told Gregg Doyel and me on Tuesday that his hamstring is doing just fine. But don't just listen to the podcast for that evidence (though you should do that anyway, duh) -- you can see the proof yourself courtesy of, of course, a recent tweet from Foster which featured an MRI of his hammy.

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

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

Look, Foster's got a point here. If this MRI showed his leg being broken in half, there wouldn't be anything amusing about it. And he's indicated over and over that he'll be fine, but pretty clearly he's dealing with a hamstring injury. No one is debating this.

There's some chatter that this injury could be a "three-to-four week" healing process, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll miss that time, just that the Texans might take it easy with their workhorse.

That's the smart thing to do if you're in charge of keeping the 2010 NFL rushing leader healthy, regardless of what fantasy owners want.

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Posted on: August 28, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2011 6:40 pm

Arian Foster 'doing OK,' to be back for Week 1

Posted by Will Brinson

Arian Foster caused Texans fans a large amount of collective heavy breathing on Saturday night, when he left Houston's 30-7 win in San Francisco after re-aggravating his left hamstring in the first half.

But there's some good news from the proverbial horse's mouth: Foster is OK and plans on being ready for Week 1. 

"4 those sincerely concerned, I'm doing ok & plan 2 B back by opening day," Foster tweeted on Sunday morning. "4 those worried abt your fantasy team, u ppl are sick."

Head coach Gary Kubiak shares Foster's optimism and said Sunday that head athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan offered a "very positive" outlook for Foster's recovery.

"Obviously Arian's number one. Everything was positive today. It looks like we’re dealing kind of with the same thing we were dealing with at the start of camp," Kubiak said Sunday. "Hopefully get him back on the rehab train and get him ready for opening day. He'll be day-to-day. 

"I’ll keep you guys up to date, but we feel like we're fortunate."

For those that don't know, Foster is one of the most legendary fantasy football stories in the past decade or so, because he was a bargain value on draft day after he ended up leading the league in rushing.

This has generated a significant amount of attention to Foster in the form of fantasy junkies who, as he told us recently, thank him every single day for helping them win fake championships. Foster, for his part, doesn't care for the attention.

And he's right -- if people are harassing him about his hamstring injury because it might affect their fantasy team, well, they are "sick." (Everyone knows if you don't want to look like a weirdo, you keep those thoughts to yourself.) If you don't believe me, just check out his next tweet.

"I put nothing but positive thoughts and energy out on here, but look at what gets the attention," Foster said of his Twitter account. "This reiterates my original point."

Then there's the matter of his real team. The Texans have more depth at running back this year with Ben Tate healthy, but Foster is going to be a big key to them trying to take the next step and becoming a playoff team.

Plus, when you're worried about that -- as well as defending a rushing title -- your concern about Jack McGillicutty's first-round pick in his $50 fantasy league just isn't going to be that high.

And let's not forget, people, that Foster played on a bum knee last year. He'll be just fine.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 5:05 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 6:27 pm

Tate requires surgery, done for the year?

Posted by Will Brinson

Ben Tate suffered a nasty ankle injury during the Texans Saturday, and there were rumors late in the evening that the injury could force Tate, the highest running back ever taken by the franchise, to miss his entire rookie year.

According to the Texans' website, Tate will indeed have surgery, and it could happen as early as Tuesday.

Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that he would know more details relating to Tate's injury come Monday, but he called it "very significant."

It certainly sounds like Tate could miss all of 2010, and that, as mentioned last night, is highly problematic for a Texans team that really wanted to establish a better running game in the coming year.

Steve Slaton and Arian Foster can still provide some punch, but Tate was believed to be "the guy" who could really take the Texans' offense to another level. If his injury is as serious as it sounds, clearly, he won't be, at least this year.

Update (6:26): Nightmare for the Texans, if the Houston Chronicle 's report is correct, because Tate is headed to injured reserve, and will miss the entire season.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 10:59 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 12:42 am

Ben Tate done for the season? (UPDATED)

Posted by Will Brinson

Ben Tate, the Texans second-rounder in this past draft, was expected to compete for touches with Steve Slaton and Arien Foster this season.

However, for now he'll have to settle with getting healthy -- Tate was carted off from the Texans-Cardinals game with just over 12 minutes remaining the third quarter.

I went back and looked at the injury -- Tate made a nice rush off the left tackle, bursting through the hole and slicing through a couple defenders for 12 yards before being tackled at his ankles by Daryl Washington.

(Aside: it would have been easier to see exactly what happened if the Arizona play-by-play guys hadn't decided that they needed to interview "Captain Coyote" who apparently is some NHL player, forcing me to check the Texans feed on NFL.com.)

It appeared that Tate, while tackled, banged his knee against the ground in pretty painful fashion before dragging it cross the ground.

Tate lay on the ground for some time, being examined by trainers before being helped off the field and then eventually carted off.

More on the injury as soon as we hear it -- follow us on Twitter for updates on the Tate injury.

Update (12:16): John McClain of the Houston Chronicle notes via Twitter that "I think RB Ben Tate ... is done for the year with a broken ankle. We'll find out Sunday."

If that's true, it's obviously a tremendously tough blow for a Texans team in need of backfield help. Not to mention an organization that invested a second-rounder in the kid. Obviously it stings the most for Tate, though, especially considering how explosive he looked early on in the game.

There's also a report, via our always excellent Fantasy News section , from the sports director of KILT-AM in Houston who called it a high ankle sprain. Clearly, everyone hopes it's the latter.
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