HOUSTON – Houston Texans running back Arian Foster was seen visibly frustrated after being taken out in the 4th quarter of Monday night’s season opening win against San Diego.
The reason? He’s a competitor.
“Obviously they had a game plan going in about how much they wanted me to play and they were trying to ease me back into it, but my competitive nature, of course you want to be in,” Foster said.
“It’s getting to crunch-time, it’s the fourth quarter and you want to be out there.”
Foster led the team with 57 yards on 18 carries against the Chargers. Back-up Ben Tate got 9 carries for 55 yards. Foster understands the plan, but can’t help wanting to be in the game.
“I mean, yeah. That has to be okay with me. Like I said, we’re chess pieces,” Foster said. “Coach makes the final ruling, but as a competitor, I’ve been in this League, I felt that I’ve played well throughout my tenure here. You want to be out there,” Foster said on Wednesday. “You feel like you’ve earned that right to be out there. That’s just where the frustration comes from.”
“He’s a competitor. Any real competitor would want to be out there. I’m the same way,” running back Ben Tate said. “When he’s on the field, I want to be out there. I guess I learned maybe to not show it as much because I’ve been through it a lot more than him
The game marked the first time Foster had been on the football field since the playoff loss to New England back in January. He missed the pre-season, recovering from several injuries, and he knows there’s plenty of room to grow.
“I feel the first game out I had a lot of rust to knock off. I felt like I played okay but I could always play better,” Foster said. “It’ll probably be a couple games before I feel back to 100 percent myself. But I felt good. I felt comparatively good.”
“In my opinion (Head Coach Gary Kubiak) would be concerned with a player that’s happy he’s not in there in the last minutes of the game when the game is on the line,” Foster said. “I’m just a competitor and I want to be out there. I have to ease my way back in.”