The Houston Texans are playing for home field advantage on Sunday, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from their performance against the Vikings. While the Texans are getting thrashed by Minnesota, Arian Foster is no part of it. After rushing for just 15 yards on the day, Foster’s day was prematurely ended by what is being called an undisclosed illness.
Foster only rushed the ball ten times in the game and wasn’t much of a factor while in the game. The Texans reiterated that it wasn’t an injury that took the Texans main rusher out of the game.
Houston has been less than competitive against the Vikings, and without Foster they lose an extra dimension to their offense. But again, when Foster was in the game Houston wasn’t any better. The whole game has been about Christian Ponder outshining Adrian Peterson and leading the Vikings into Houston against a great defense and punching them square in the jaw.
Foster isn’t expected to be effected long term by the illness, and given the blowout nature of the game it’s probably best Foster is in the locker room andnot on the field in a situation where he can be senselessly injured and taken out of the Texans long term playoff plans.
Besides, they’ll need Foster next week against the Colts as Houston’s window to win home field advantage in the AFC just got insanely slim.