Tag:Arian Foster
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 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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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 29, 2011 10:51 am
Edited on: August 31, 2011 10:28 am

Podcast: Madden ratings, Arian Foster & Best WRs

Posted by Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Tuesday is "Madden Day" around the world and to celebrate, Donny Moore, the ratings guru for EA Sports joins the podcast to talk about how EA will handle Peyton Manning's neck injury and Chris Johnson's holdout, whether Terrelle Pryor is worthy of a decent ranking, why Tim Tebow stinks so badly and how awesome Cam Newton will be in the new game. He also fills us in on who the sneakiest best teams to play with are.

Plus, the guys talk about Arian Foster's recent decision to tweet about fantasy football players harassing him over his injury, who has the best wide receiver corps in the NFL, Pryor playing quarterback for the Raiders in the final preseason game, and what the worst positions on each contender are.

Conversatin' starts … now (and while we have you, remember to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes). If you can't listen to the podcast below, download it here. And if you'd like to keep working while listening in your browser, pop that puppy out in a new tab here.

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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: July 17, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 3:07 pm

Texans' Foster won rushing title with bum knee

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Texans running back Arian Foster won the NFL rushing title last season, his 1,616 yards 149 yards clear of the next best player, Jamaal Charles. And Foster probably would have added to the total if he had two healthy knees.

The former undrafted running back out of Tennessee told Sporting News that he played the 2010 season with a torn meniscus in his knee and didn't tell anyone because he feared losing his job.

For an idea of just how impressive that is, in addition to winning the rushing title, Foster was also second in the league in total value and value per play among all RBs, according to Football Outsiders (behind just Charles).

The knee has since been fixed, which should mean the Texans' running game will be even more formidable in 2011. Last year's second-round pick, Ben Tate, is healthy after missing the 2010 season with a leg injury, and he and Derrick Ward will share the backup duties behind Foster.

But in today's NFL, there aren't clear delineations between starting running backs and backups. It's a backs-by-committee approach that not only keeps players fresher as the season wears on, but also reduces injuries. And whatever your thoughts on the Curse of 370, there's every reason to believe that Foster's workload should be lightened after he carried the ball 327 times in 2010, all on a bum leg.

But offense hasn't been much of a problem for the Texans in recent seasons. Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Foster have made sure of that. It's the defense that has been their Achilles' heel, and that's where new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips comes in. It's easy to laugh at that sentiment, but that's because Phillips looked perpetually out of sorts in his last job as the Cowboys coach (The Costanza-styled puffy coat certainly didn't help).

Phillips was defensive coordinator for the Chargers from 2004-2006, and that unit finished 12th, 16th, and 17th in team defense, according to Football Outsiders.

That's not Dick LeBeau impressive, but it's average or slightly better, which would have been enough to put the Texans in the playoffs at some point in the last four seasons. By comparison, since 2008, Houston's defense has finished 29th, 19th, and 31st. That's unacceptable.

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