Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has been ruled out for this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, but there’s a chance that he could even be ruled out for the rest of the 2013 season. It was reported earlier today that Foster could need surgery to repair his back injury, and he is looking at a few specialists in order to come to a conclusion. He’s had a lot of wear and tear over the past few seasons as one of the NFL’s prominent workhorse backs, and this could be his first season since becoming the Texans starter in which he misses more than three games.
According to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, it is unclear as to whether or not Arian Foster will need surgery on his back, because his injury can heal on its own or could just as easily need surgery in order to heal. That’s what Foster is trying to figure out by visiting specialists, but the key part of McClain’s tweet is the fact that he makes it clear that Foster wants to avoid surgery and return to the Texans at some point later on in the season.
That’s not surprising to hear, because Foster is definitely a gamer. But the Texans are 2-6 and unlikely to contend this year, so the organization is more likely to want Foster to take the rest of the year off and get surgery. I mean, he’s carried the rock a ridiculous number of times for the team over the past few years as a crucial part of the offense, so having his long-term health in mind is likely the best policy.