|Dennis Johnson excels in Week 12 -- Mon Nov 25 12:00 am --|
Outperformed Ben Tate in loss against Jags
|The Houston Chronicle dug up the statistic that Ben Tate became the first running back in the league this year to have only 1 yard rushing on seven or more carries. "We had planned on playing [RB Dennis Johnson] some, but when he went in he just looked so good running the ball so we played him a little bit more," Texans HC Gary Kubiak said. Johnson finished the game with 74 of the Texans' 77 rushing yards. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Tate did save his PPR owners some face by adding five catches for 26 yards, but that was about the only silver lining on his box-score contribution. Tate appears likely to be the starter against next week and has a soft run schedule on paper, but it is very possible the plethora of injuries he is playing through have caught up to him. Johnson needs to be added as a potential flex option down the stretch in most leagues.
| Arian Foster to have back surgery -- Sun Nov 10 8:00 am --|
Out for the season
|Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has decided to have season-ending surgery for a bulging disk in his back, sources told ESPN. He had hoped to avoid surgery. But Foster has visited with three doctors -- one in the Houston area, and two nationally -- and each has recommended he undergo back surgery at some point. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With Foster being out for the season, Ben Tate will take over the starting running back position with Dennis Johnson filling the backup role. Tate is playing with a rib injury but is expected to start today against the Cardinals.
| Foster out, may need surgery -- Fri Nov 8 2:00 pm --|
May need surgery for back issue
|Injured running back Arian Foster has seen “two or three” back specialists, according to coach Wade Phillips.
Foster left the 27-24 loss to Indianapolis in the first quarter with a back injury. There’s been nothing specific about the injury. Ben Tate, who’s playing with three cracked ribs, will start against Arizona. Undrafted rookie Dennis Johnson will back up Tate. Veteran Deji Karim will probably be the third back ahead of rookie Ray Graham. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Very little details about Foster's injury give us little to go on but this doesn't sound promising. Consider Foster week to week for the time being. Ben Tate (ribs) and Dennis Johnson are on the running backs to own moving forward.
| Foster misses practice Thursday -- Thu Nov 7 6:10 pm --|
May not play Week 10; Tate limited
|Running back Arian Foster (back) missed his second consecutive practice Thursday, while Ben Tate (ribs) was limited.
Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said he didn’t have any more information about Foster’s status. The star back continues to consult with doctors and may not play Sunday at Arizona.
Dennis Johnson is expected to be the Texans’ third back and could take a more active role if Foster and/or Tate are held back. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Foster had a nice little run for a short while this season, but it is beginning to appear as if the hamstring and back injuries that limited him in the preseason are rearing their ugly head again. Considering Tate is battling four cracked ribs, Johnson should already be on most rosters in deep leagues and is certainly worth consideration in smaller ones.
| Foster, Tate miss practice Wednesday -- Wed Nov 6 3:10 pm --|
Tate expected to start
|Arian Foster, who’s battling back and hamstring issues that first surfaced during training camp, didn’t even make an appearance at practice Wednesday, so Ben Tate seems the likely starter at running back against the Cardinals Sunday, his four broken ribs notwithstanding. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Foster is reportedly seeing a doctor for his back issues which explains his absence from practice. Tate will likely practice on a limited basis later in the week and should start on Sunday against Arizona with Dennis Johnson serving the backup role.
| Foster, Tate both active -- Sun Nov 3 7:10 pm --|
Dennis Johnson will the third running back
|Arian Foster is officially active. Dennis Johnson gets the call to be the Texans third active running back. (Tania Ganguli via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (ribs) were both limited in practice this week. Neither will be 100% and Tate's value will now be limited with Foster active.
| Foster sits, Tate practices Wed. -- Wed Oct 30 2:10 pm --|
Both Texans RBs are gametime decisions
|Arian Foster, Wade Smith and Darryl Sharpton didn't practice. Ben Tate practiced with 4 cracked ribs. (John McClain via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Head coach Gary Kubiak stated earlier that both Foster and Tate would be gametime decisions. At this time, It appears Tate has a better chance to play than Foster. The Texans signed three running backs during their bye including Deji Karim, Ray Graham and Dennis Johnson. The Texans play on Sunday night football this week so it may be tough to get a true read on the situation until early Sunday evening.
| Tate expects to play Week 9, Foster TBD -- Mon Oct 28 4:05 pm --|
Tate (ribs), Foster (hamstring) likely questonable
|Ben Tate has every intention of playing Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Arian Foster’s status remains to be determined. Foster’s hamstring is gradually improving, while Tate plans to take the field with four broken ribs.
Foster will continue to test a hamstring that kept him out of an Oct. 20 road loss to Kansas City. HC Gary Kubiak expressed concern about the state of the team’s running backs, acknowledging Foster and Tate wouldn’t have played Monday if needed. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: Over the last few days, the Texans added Deji Karim, Ray Graham and Dennis Johnson and are carrying five running backs and fullback Greg Jones into Sunday’s contest, so Kubiak is obviously quite concerned. All of the backs were in Houston's camp this summer and Karim appeared to have the lead in the competition near the end, so speculating owners may want to roll the dice with picking him up off waivers until we get more clarity on Foster and Tate.