May 20, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) works out during organized team activities at the Methodist Training Center at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Arian Foster could play in Houston Texans season opener

Amid injuries, the Houston Texans star running back could return as early as the season opener.

Tania Ganguli of ESPN reports that Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is still expecting Foster to start in the opening game despite the running back receiving pain in his legs after taking some injections to help heal his back.

Asked if he could count on Foster to play in the season opener, Kubiak said he could.

“I am, because I watch him work … with (trainer) Geoff (Kaplan),” Kubiak said Monday. “Obviously there’s been a little setback as we try to get the soreness out of him. It’s not like he’s been standing around for the last three weeks.”

With a calf injury, back soreness, and leg soreness already before the season begins, the soon-to-be 27-year-old is already dealing with a lot, and running back isn’t exactly the most experienced position on the Texans’ roster.

Ganguli points out that Ben Tate has the only “significant experience in an NFL offense” at the Texans’ running back position. No one else is listed on the Texans’ depth chart at that position.

The Texans open up at the San Diego Chargers on Monday, September 9th.

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