Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster should have another big season in him as the team’s workhorse back, though it will be interesting to see how much the Texans spell him with the rising Jonathan Grimes, who caused notable free-agent signing Andre Brown to receive a swift kick out the door. Foster was overworked under Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison, but he was also one of the league’s elite backs from a rushing and receiving perspective. After seeing his targets dwindle last season, Foster should once again be a fixture on passing downs, as he hauled in 66, 53, and 40 receptions from 2010 to 2012.
Currently nursing a hamstring injury, Foster is starting to round into health, as he’s been ramping up his regimen at practice this week. According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien stated that Foster had a “good week” of practice. It’s a nice sign that he continues to make progress on his hamstring injury, and both he and Andre Johnson should be considered just about fully healthy at this point.
No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney suffered an injury yesterday at joint practices with the Denver Broncos, and while we haven’t heard any specifics to this point, we know that he isn’t practicing today. The injury isn’t expected to be anything serious, and CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora reports that O’Brien stated Clowney is “fine”, which is some nice re-assurance for those who were worried. But even though he said that the Texans are only giving Clowney a day off, he isn’t sure if the pass rusher will play in Saturday’s preseason game. I’m sure they would just be doing due caution by holding him out, but this doesn’t sound like a true rest day to me. That said, the larger significant is that there’s nothing to worry about here with Clowney.