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HOUSTON — Arian Foster isn't saying much these days.

The Houston Texans star running back gave short, evasive answers to the media on Thursday, only the second time he's met with reporters at training camp.

Foster said just slightly more than he did on July 30, when he responded to every question by repeating that he just wanted to be the best teammate he could be.

Foster returned to practice on Wednesday after nursing a hamstring injury through the first two weeks of training camp.

He left early in Thursday's joint practice with the Atlanta Falcons, went to the trainer's table for some stretching and then returned to the field.

After practice, he avoided direct answers to any question, saying he was only speaking to reporters to fulfill a contractual obligation.

"I get paid to play football and that's what I'm going to continue to do and work hard at it," Foster said.

Foster has given no indication why he's turned cold to the Houston media. He was just the opposite in a recent interview with ESPN, revealing that he considered retiring after hurting his back last season and undergoing surgery.

When a reporter asked on Thursday if Foster had given any more thought to stepping away from the game, he clammed up again, saying he was working hard and will continue to do that.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien says he hasn't decided if Foster will play in Saturday's game against Atlanta. Foster wasn't revealing anything, either, although he took reps against the Atlanta defense.

"I'm just going to keep working hard and whatever happens after that is going to transpire," he said.

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