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Old 08-18-2011   #1
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Go to hear he's back and in good spirits, i bet this guy is a lot of fun.

If there was concern regarding Arian Foster's mindset, specifically whether the previous 10 days he'd spent nursing a nagging hamstring injury had any lingering mental effect on the Texans running back, it was alleviated after Wednesday's morning practice.

Asked how many repetitions he might need should he start Saturday against New Orleans, Foster immediately replied, "62."

Um, 62? Really?

"It's a science, man," he said. "It's a science."

Face it football, especially Texans football, is more fun with Foster around. Even with a crowded stable at the position, it's not easy to replace the NFL's leading rusher.

Count Gary Kubiak among those relieved to see No. 23 back - with fresh legs, to boot.

"I thought he looked good," Kubiak said. "We told him to be smart when he came out here today. It looked like he was fine, so hopefully every day's a progression and we work toward Saturday night. It's a good step in the right direction."

Foster, who estimated he's at 100 percent, never allowed himself to cut it completely loose Wednesday because "there's no need to."

"You don't want to come out here and try to prove anything," Foster said. "About 70 percent of hamstring problems are recurring because people try to come out too fast because they feel good."

He yearned to cut and run around again, but there was something else.

It's what caused Derrick Ward, who didn't work Wednesday because he was dealing with the aftermath of a concussion suffered Monday against the New York Jets, to smile and shake his head.

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It took only a few minutes for Ward to loudly proclaim Foster - in some not-so-obvious ways - was back to normal, a claim to which Foster objected.

"I was still out here joking," he said, referring to the previous 10 days. "I was just more subtle."

Later, as a JUGS machine spit out footballs, Foster spit trash to a captive audience that included wide receivers Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones and tight end Owen Daniels, all of whom were, by the way, wearing gloves.

Huge mistake. Foster was not, and when he took his turn in front of the JUGS, the verbal barrage began.

"Take the gloves off, man," he said, addressing no one in particular. "I've got that natural adhesive."

Still clowning, he added, "Like Fred Biletnikoff - no gloves."

Biletnikoff, of course, was known for the copious amount of artificial adhesive he applied to his bare mitts, permitting the former Oakland wide receiver to catch everything within sight. But historical accuracy wasn't Foster's goal - levity was, and sure enough, laughter ensued.

"You miss the camaraderie more than anything," he said. "There's a certain amount of respect guys garnish for each other being out here, sweating together, being tired together and going through that same mental and physical grind. You can't replace that.

"That's where you get your respect in this league - in training camp, the 17 weeks of the season the camaraderie built in through the process."

No. 1 in fantasy land
Foster was asked how it felt to be setting fantasy football owners at ease with his return to practice. Last week, in the Texans' cafeteria, a couple of the televisions were tuned to NFL Network, which was airing a special on that very topic.

Lo and behold, Foster, undrafted out of Tennessee in 2009, was listed as the No. 1 choice this year. From across the room, someone bellowed, "What kind of world do we live in when Arian Foster is No. 1?"

Well, one that's a whole lot of fun.



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nice, so he's the coke man?
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I heard an interview a couple weeks ago on one of the local radio shows with Foster .... I came away from that few minutes thinkin he's a good dude .... Really liked what he had to say.
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He's a pretty interesting fellow...I follow him on Twitter and it's not the typical athlete stuff. He and JJ Watt are good follows on Twitter.
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God I hate these pieces. So Foster is a funny man. Great. Now go win football games.
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