Oct 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs with the ball after making a catch against the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Texans 34-3. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans rule Arian Foster out Sunday



The Houston Texans are fading fast and falling hard after they entered the season as a Super Bowl contender. A quick 2-0 start helped keep those beliefs going, but six-straight losses have left them on the brink of being irrelevant before Thanksgiving.

To make matters worse, All-Pro running back Arian Foster aggravated a back injury during the Texans’ Sunday night game against the Indianapolis Colts. He only played the first series of Houston’s 27-24 loss. Foster was limited in practices last week with a hamstring injury that prevented him from finishing the Texans’ Oct. 20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

He missed Wednesday and Thursday’s practice, and the team has now gone ahead and ruled him out for Sunday’s contest vs the Arizona Cardinals:




Foster has visited multiple back specialists this week trying to figure out exactly what’s wrong. He’s been bothered by a series of injuries since the preseason. Foster had injuries to his back, hamstring and calf since the start of training camp. He began training camp on the physically unable to perform list due to the calf injury. Ben Tate is playing injured with broken ribs.

If Foster doesn’t play, the duo of Ben Tate and Dennis Johnson would likely be the first two running backs to get carries, but Deji Karim could also see significant playing time:

“We haven’t determined that yet,” Phillips said. “I would say Deji Karim has the best chance I guess right now.”


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