Arian Foster to Miss Time With Groin Injury
The Houston Texans got just about the worst possible news on Tuesday afternoon: star running back Arian Foster got hurt – again.
This time Foster got hurt to the point where he’ll need surgery, as a groin injury he suffered in practice was deemed “significant”. There is no word on when Foster will go under the knife and exactly what kind of rehab he’ll be facing, but even the mildest of groin injuries can take several weeks to recovery from. A groin injury that requires surgery, well, that could be a whole different pain.
With little details emerging, the Texans are looking at two likely fates: either they start the season without Foster for the first few weeks and get him back without putting him fairly early without putting him on any injury list, or they place him on the designated for return/injured reserve list.
The former makes the most sense given the severity of the injury and Foster’s shaky health history, and would allow the team’s star rusher to return around week 10. For a team that has good coaching and a borderline elite defense backing it, that could be just in time to help in an effort to make a push for the playoffs.
Then again, Arian Foster was undoubtedly the biggest reason for anyone to get excited about Houston as a playoff contender. Without Foster in tow, a Texans team that only had 40/1 Super Bowl odds has an even worse chance to be a serious contender.
While it looks bleak, the Texans aren’t out of options. For one, Foster may not be out as long as 10 weeks and this whole injury scare could be just that – a scare.
It’s likely he will be out that long, but even if he is, that may not be the end of the world. Houston still has a healthy stable of running backs behind him in Alfred Blue, Chris Pole, Kenny Hilliard and Jonathan Grimes. None of those names jump off the paper as “elite” options, but behind a strong offensive line, the Texans could still produce a solid running game.
Houston could always look outside the franchise for help, as well. Ray Rice and Chris Johnson are two big names out on the open market that are both looking for work and could arguably help the Texans out of this jam. Rice might be the better option in term’s of youth and skill-set, although he’d come with some controversy thanks to his off field scandal from a year ago. Johnson may still have the speed and receiving ability to do some damage in the right system, but his age (30 years old) and attitude seem to have rubbed most in the league the wrong way.
A trade is one other possibility, as numerous teams have far better depth at running back than the Texans do. Players like Christine Michael (Seattle Seahawks), Bryce Brown (Buffalo Bills) and Jerick McKinnon (Minnesota Vikings) are just a few talented options that won’t be in for huge roles in 2015 and could be had for the right price.
With Houston’s season on the line, finding out what that price could be something they may want to look into. Regardless the route they take to replacing the injured Foster, of course, it’s likely they only reach week one with a massive downgrade at running back. And for a team that already wasn’t a lock to reach the playoffs, that’s nothing but bad news.
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