HOUSTON Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has not been able to participate in any practices since Training Camp started last week.

Head coach Gary Kubiak hopes he can get back on the field real soon.

I ve said I ve kind of expected him to be back by now doing something, but (Head Athletic Trainer) Kap (Geoff Kaplan) may be protecting him from me, Kubiak said on Tuesday with a smile on his face. He doesn t want me to have him.

Foster injured his calf during the off-season and the team is being very cautious with him, trying not to rush him back before he is fully healed.

He s doing good. You all see him working. He s doing fine. When they turn him loose, I don t know, Kubiak said. They may hold him until we come back next week. I don t know. Obviously he s doing everything that he can do.

One player who the team is also monitoring is rookie offensive lineman Brennan Williams. The 3rd round pick out of North Carolina was injured during the second practice at rookie mini-camp back in May. He had arthroscopic knee surgery and has been on the field since Training Camp started, but on Tuesday, he took a step back in his recovery.

His knee swelled up on him a little bit again, so we re taking a look at that, said Kubiak.

Williams is scheduled to have an MRI.

The way we work here, in the middle of the day, if we ve got to send somebody over to get a look or something, they re going to miss our afternoon stuff, Kubiak said. Don t read anything into it. Let s see where we re at in the morning.

LB Whitney Mercilus also missed practice on Tuesday, still recovering from what Kubiak labeled as a mild hamstring strain. ILB Evan Frierson also sustained a shoulder injury and could miss a couple of days.

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