As if having questions at quarterback weren’t enough, the Houston Texans now have questions at running back, as Arian Foster could miss some, most or all of the 2015 season with a groin injury.
This is devastating news for a team that went 9-7 last year and was hoping to contend for a playoff spot this season.
What do we know right now?
“Well, what we know right now (from) multiple reports is that Arian is going to have surgery on Friday on his groin with a noted specialist in Philadelphia,” SportsRadio 610 host Mike Meltser said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “We don’t know exactly what the injury is. There were some reports that he’s going for a second opinion, but the latest is that if the second opinion is as the first that he is going to go under the knife. People have speculated about a short-term injured reserve, which he would be out for eight games. But that part at this point is speculation. All we know at this point is a team surgery is going to happen on Friday.”
If Foster is placed on short-term IR, he would be eligible to return for the Texans’ ninth game.
“The Texans have a pretty good schedule in terms of the bye week in that they play eight games, they have a bye and then they play their ninth game,” Meltser explained.
That ninth game is a Monday Night Football match-up against the Bengals in Cincinnati on Nov. 15.
“Again, we don’t know exactly what the injury is and what the surgery will be,” Meltser said, “but if Arian goes under the knife on Friday, then you’ve got August – most of it – September, October and then half of November to recover. Depending on what the injury is and the severity, they should be in decent shape to get him back. The question is what the team is going to look like by that point?”
That’s a good question. In the meantime, the Texans will rely on anyone and everyone to give them production out of the backfield.
“They did a standard cliche thing: ‘Next man up,’ which we always see in the NFL,” Meltser said. “There were some reports that it seemed like . . . they were going to sign Pierre Thomas. They didn’t come to terms. They offered Pierre Thomas the minimum. He probably felt like they were in dire straits and could have offered more. I think they could revisit (that) down the line here in August as training camp and preseason kind of progresses. Right now I think it’s a committee between Alfred Blue, Chris Polk, Kenny Hilliard and also Jonathan Grimes, who’s kind of a tough inside runner. But this without Arian Foster is to me a pure running back by committee. Nobody can replace what he offers on the football field.”