HOUSTON – Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said on Sunday that Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster is not ready to return to the practice field and will miss at least a couple of more days.
As of right now, we’ve met with the doctors that have been treating Arian’s back yesterday, right before the game or a couple of hours before the game,” Kubiak said on Sunday. “It was determined that they want to give it a few more days.”
His status for the opener against San Diego is still not known.
Foster has been dealing with a lower back injury and has not practiced since the start of training camp. The Pro Bowler has also been dealing with a calf injury, but according to Kubiak, that isn't the biggest area of concern right now.
Kubiak said Foster received injections for his lower back pain before the preseason opener against the Vikings. Foster has been feeling pain in his legs since injuring his back which is part of the reason why he’s being kept off the field.
“The way I understand it right now, we’re trying to get through the injection process, that it’s causing some discomfort and it’s something that’s going to take some time for him to get through,” Kubiak said.
In the meantime, the Texans will continue to work the other running backs. There is still a tough competition going on for the 3rd spot between Deji Karim, Cierre Wood, Dennis Johnson and Ray Graham. Still, getting Foster back would do wonders for the overall continuity of the unit.
“When you look at that big picture right there, boy, the running back picture is concerning,” Kubiak said. “Just getting him back healthy and just getting him back to where we feel like we’re at full-strength. We’ll listen, we’ll listen to his doctors, we’ll listen to Kap (Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan) and, when he’s ready to go, I know Arian can make up a lot of time very quickly.”