Texans Lose Arian Foster to Torn Achilles
It was only four weeks ago that the Houston Texans finally got star running back Arian Foster back. Foster missed the start of the season with a groin issue and was slowly rounding into form the past two weeks, but suffered a non-contact injury late in Houston’s week seven blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins.
It didn’t look good, and per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it was as bad as feared with Foster being lost for the rest of the year with a torn Achilles tendon.
Source: #Texans RB Arian Foster has, in fact, torn his Achilles. His season is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2015
It’s a massive blow for a Houston offense that has struggled badly with balance all season long, specifically with trying to establish the run. Foster’s injury puts backup rushers Alfred Blue and Chris Polk back into the picture and puts added pressure on a passing game that was absent until late in week seven, and overall has been extremely hit or miss in 2015.
Even with the Texans struggling, the team seemed to have a good deal of hope for the playoffs and even winning the AFC South due to Foster’s return to the field. One of the most versatile and explosive running backs in the league, a healthy Foster was Houston’s best hope at making their 2015 NFL season a successful one.
Foster ends his 2015 season with just four appearances, 163 rushing yards and one rushing score. He’ll look to return in 2016 at full strength.
While the Texans are now probably out of the AFC playoff picture, that’s not even the most troubling development with Foster’s injury. The real question is whether it should have ever even happened. With the Texans in an ugly 41-0 hole at half time, there is a pretty strong argument that Foster and most of Houston’s top starters should have been held out for the remainder of the game.
Foster didn’t just play a little bit in the second half, either. His season-ending injury occurred with under five minutes to go in a contest that was well in hand.
Houston head coach Bill O’Brien will have a lot of questions to answer this week, as a once promising coaching prospect may now be looking at an uncertain future. Keeping his star player deep into a game that was already over – only to see him suffer a gruesome injury – surely won’t help his case.
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