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Re: Injury Report: Texans vs Cards
CnD called this in a different thread. Foster may need back surgery
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.
Phillips, who’s serving as the interim coach until Gary Kubiak returns next week, said today that Foster has or will see back specialists in Houston and other cities.
“He’s had two or three opinions,” Phillips said. “They haven’t told me anything about it. Still evaluating is what they’ve told me.”
Foster may have to undergo surgery, which would cost him the rest of the season.
Foster was on a hot streak when he left the 17-16 loss at Kansas City in the first quarter with a pulled hamstring. He had averaged 113 yards a game in three consecutive losses to Seattle, San Francisco and St. Louis. He was second in the NFL in rushing when he was injured against the Chiefs. If his season is over, he’ll finish with 542 yards and a 4.5-yard average per carry.
From 2010 through 2012, Foster touched the ball more than any back in the NFL.
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