| Foster, Johnson active for Texans -- Sun Oct 5 11:35 am --|
RB2 and WR2 ready for Week 5
|Texans RB Arian Foster and WR Andre Johnson officially active. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Both Texans stars will start and have decent matchups against the Cowboys.
|Arian Foster remains day-to-day -- Thu Oct 2 5:30 pm --|
Hamstring injury continues to linger
|Arian Foster was held to just six yards on eight carries during a home victory versus the Bills, the first time in Foster’s six-year career he was held to less than one yard per carry.
Texans HC Bill O’Brien said Monday that Foster continues to be day-to-day. He was held out of practice Wednesday due to an injured hamstring. Asked if he’ll be a game-time decision against the Cowboys, Foster said he’ll again evaluate his hamstring and then make a decision about his status. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: In all likelihood, Foster and his owners are headed towards a third straight game-time decision. Given how he looked against Buffalo, it could be in the Texans' best long-term interest to rest him again and take their chances at beating Dallas with rookie Alfred Blue.
| Foster expected to play, workload unclear -- Sun Sep 28 9:10 am --|
|Texans plan to play Arian Foster today. Workload will depend on how his hamstring holds up. (Tania Ganguli via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: We'll know in about an hour if Foster (hamstring) is inactive or not but it sounds like he will try and give it a go. Depending on your alternatives, and assuming he isn't inactive, Foster is OK to have in your lineup but temper your expectations.
| Foster likely game-time decision in Week 4 -- Thu Sep 25 5:55 pm --|
Limited in practice with hamstring injury
|Texans RB Arian Foster was day-to-day with a hamstring injury when the week began and things haven’t progressed all that much. He’s been limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, but it wasn't enough for HC Bill O’Brien to make a decision about Foster’s status for Sunday’s game against the Bills.
O’Brien said, via the team, that he was expecting to make a game-time decision about whether Foster will be inactive for a second straight week. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Alfred Blue did about as much as could be expected in Week 3 in place of Foster and would be likely in line for another 15-18 touches if the veteran back is sidelined again versus the Bills. The rookie would probably even make a decent flex play if Foster plays, since the three-time Pro Bowler would likely be limited.
| Foster's hamstring issue is recurring injury -- Tue Sep 23 10:22 am --|
Alfred Blue looking more important as handcuff
|Texans running back Arian Foster couldn’t say he’d definitely be ready to return against Buffalo Sunday, admitting the nature of hamstring injuries leaves him no choice but to take it “day by day” when the team returns to practice Wednesday. Foster worked out before the game at MetLife Stadium and admitted his leg felt “really good” but “obviously” not good enough for him to take the chance of making what already seems to be a chronic injury worse. Foster was replaced by rookie Alfred Blue, whose 13 rushes for 78 yards included a 46-yard scamper that set up one of the Texans’ two touchdowns. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: “It’s my hamstring’s call,” is another telling quote from Foster that likely means the recurring soft-tissue injury will nag him all season -- and force Blue into significant action in the coming weeks. If Blue is somehow still available on your league's waiver wire, he's a must-own heading into Week 4.
| Arian Foster "day-to-day" ahead of Week 4 -- Mon Sep 22 3:20 pm --|
Hamstring has RB unsure about status vs. Buffalo
|The Texans played without RB Arian Foster on Sunday because they didn’t feel Foster’s hamstring was up to facing the Giants.
On Monday, Foster said that his hamstring felt “good” while working out on Sunday although it obviously wasn’t good enough to allay any fears that the team might have had about his condition. While he felt good on Sunday, he wasn’t making any overly optimistic predictions for this week’s game.
Foster described himself as “day-to-day,”. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Foster's unwillingness to proclaim his readiness for Week 4 means rookie Alfred Blue could be in line for another start against Buffalo. The Bills just got done holding the Chargers' Donald Brown to 62 rushing yards on 31 carries and ranks sixth in the league in run defense, meaning it could be another long day for the Texans on the ground again.
| Arian Foster Inactive -- Sun Sep 21 11:30 am --|
Alfred Blue expected to start
|Official: Texans' Arian Foster is inactive. (Nick Mathews via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Foster out, expect Alfred Blue to get the start. Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown will also be in the mix. Blue becomes a low-end RB2 candidate against the Giants.
| Foster's availability for Week 3 in question -- Sun Sep 21 8:45 am --|
Gametime decision with hamstring injury
|Texans running back Arian Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, could sit out a 1 p.m. Sunday game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
The Texans are expected to work out Foster pregame, then make a decision about his status. Foster was limited in practice this week and listed as questionable on the Texans’ final injury report Friday. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Foster came into the season with a balky hamstring and has racked up 55 through two games. If he sits Alfred Blue would get the start and vault into RB2 status for Week 3.
|O'Brien: "Arian's going to play a lot" -- Fri Sep 5 10:45 am --|
Texans running back inline for a heavy workload
|Running back Arian Foster starts against Washington. It’s his first action since suffering a season-ending back injury last year.
“Arian’s going to play a lot,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “After that, we’ll see how it goes.
“I believe at some point you’ll see all three of those other backs: Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown in different situations. But Arian will get the bulk of the playing time.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Foster is inline for plenty of touches this week against the Redskins... an all three downs. He'll be spelled by Jonathan Grimes. Given his expected volume, Foster is no-brainer RB1 this week.
| Foster ready to go for Week 1 -- Tue Sep 2 11:30 am --|
Texans running back didn't play in preaseason games
|Asked how he felt, Arian Foster said, “Wonderful, physically.
“I’m excited about that (Sunday’s regular-season opener against Washington). I can’t wait to play football.” Foster missed preseason because the Texans wanted to protect him from injury. He underwent season-ending back surgery in 2013. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: The Texans played it safe with their star running back this preaseason choosing to sit him out of all four games. He's expected to ready to go on Sunday against the Redskins. Foster's injury risk concerned fantasy owners this summer and for good reason. He missed the majority of 2013 with a back injury and has piled up three seasons of 330-plus touches.
| Foster, Johnson return to practice for Texans -- Wed Aug 13 10:45 am --|
Both battling hamstring injuries
|The Texans had some familiar faces back on Wednesday morning.
Inside linebacker Brian Cushing returned to the active roster off the physically unable to perform list. Running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson also returned to practice after missing two weeks due to hamstring injuries. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Texans have been hush-hush about the true nature of Foster's injury but it's expected to be of the hamstring variety. No word yet on if either Foster or Johnson will play in Houston's second preseason game against the Falcons on Saturday.
|Texans release three running backs -- Mon Aug 11 7:00 pm --|
Grimes and Blue will backup Foster
|The Texans have released running backs Andre Brown, Dennis Johnson and Tim Cornett.
Brown, 27, was expected to be Arian Foster’s backup this season.
Cornett attended North Shore High School and was a longshot to make the team. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Jonathan Grimes and rookie Alfred Blue passed Brown on the depth chart during camp and become the immediate backups to Foster. Grimies rushed for 73 yards, 1 TD and hauled in 6 catches for 76 yards in two games last season.
| HOU hopeful Foster can play return Saturday -- Mon Aug 11 4:20 pm --|
Team optimistic about Andre Johson's return as well
|Arian Foster (hamstring) and Andre Johnson (hamstring) again missed practice Monday. But the duo put in hard work on a side field while rehabbing from injuries and coach Bill O’Brien said he’s hopeful they can play Saturday against Atlanta at NRG Stadium.
“I’ve spoken to both those guys. They’re doing better,” O’Brien said. “It’s a long season and our trainers are doing a great job with them. But it seems like they’ve improved and hopefully they can do something this week.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: As Houston showed in its preseason opener, its offense doesn't stand much of a chance without its two stars. Foster is very much a risk-reward RB2 that is coming off season-ending back surgery and has dealt with hamstring issues before. His owners would be wise to make a move for Jonathan Grimes just in case of a setback. Johnson's value figures to take a slight hit with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his quarterback, but he is still more than a serviceable fantasy WR2 at age 33.
| Foster, Johnson remain out of practice -- Tue Aug 5 11:45 am --|
Neither Texans' star has been ruled out against Arizona
|Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Brian Cushing, Jadeveon Clowney, Brandon Brooks, Johnathan Joseph and Louis Nix III were among those inactive during the 10th day of training camp.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said the team hasn’t officially ruled anyone out yet for the team’s preseason debut Saturday at Arizona. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Johnson (hamstring) has been out of practice since July 28th while the details of Foster's injury remain unclear. Foster admitted yesterday that he considered retirement after last season's back injury. His injury risk continues to rise in the minds of fantasy owners and only a return to the practice field in the coming days will stop his expected ADP slide.
| Arian Foster back on the sidelines Friday -- Fri Aug 1 12:15 pm --|
“It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious"
|Running back Arian Foster, who’s presumably dealing with a strained hamstring - neither he nor the team has yet confirmed that’s his injury - returned to a spectating role Friday after having participated in a full practice Wednesday. He’d already missed two workouts and part of a third earlier this week.
"He’s doing OK," coach Bill O’Brien said. "It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious. I would assume - (but) guess you can’t assume anything - he’d be back pretty soon." (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Since we don't have confirmation on what exactly the injury to Foster is, it's hard to analyze the situation from a fantasy perspective. What we do know is Foster has a lot of wear and tear on his tires and missed eight games last season with a back injury. He's coming off the board early in Round 2 as RB8 with a boatload of injury risk.
| Arian Foster returns to practice -- Wed Jul 30 10:30 am --|
Texans RB missed two practices
|But O’Brien willingly acknowledged Wednesday how important Arian Foster is to the team’s success in 2014.
The star running back resumed action after missing two practices due to injury. “We put him back in there (Wednesday) and he ran some plays, did a good job,” O’Brien said. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: The Texans were very hush-hush about Foster's injury and called it "minor". It's good to see him back on the practice field as he is expected to be a big part of the Texans offense this season.
| Foster, Johnson out with "minor" injuries -- Tue Jul 29 1:00 pm --|
Texans missing top two offensive weapons
|It took just three days for injuries to limit the Texans’ offense.
Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson tweaked his right hamstring Monday during practice, while star running back Arian Foster was held out of action.
Coach Bill O’Brien said both injuries were minor. The team has not revealed what is affecting Foster, who has not spoken with the media since offseason workouts began and again denied an interview request Monday. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: This isn't much of a surprise. Foster has dealt with nagging injuries for the past couple years and its widely known that players missing off-season work tend to find themselves injured during camp at an increased rate. Just how "minor" these injuries are remains to be seen.