Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) warms up before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL: Arian Foster out vs Cardinals; May need back surgery

 

Per the Houston Chronicle, the Texans may be without All-Pro running back Arian Foster for the rest of the season due to a back injury he’s been dealing with since training camp, but has gotten worse in recent weeks:

Injured running back Arian Foster has seen “two or three” back specialists, according to coach Wade Phillips.

Foster left the 27-24 loss to Indianapolis in the first quarter with a back injury. There’s been nothing specific about the injury.

Ben Tate, who’s playing with three cracked ribs, will start against Arizona. Undrafted rookie Dennis Johnson will back up Tate. Veteran Deji Karim will probably be the third back ahead of rookie Ray Graham.

Phillips, who’s serving as the interim coach until Gary Kubiak returns next week, said today that Foster has or will see back specialists in Houston and other cities.

“He’s had two or three opinions,” Phillips said.  “They haven’t told me anything about it. Still evaluating is what they’ve told me.”

Foster may have to undergo surgery, which would cost him the rest of the season.

 

From touched the ball more than any other NFL back from 2010 through 2012, and that may finally be catching up to him if he’s forced to miss the remainder of the season. He’s rushed for 542 yards and a 4.5-yard average per carry this year to go with two scores (1 receiving and 1 rushing).

 

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