Texans Arian Foster Expects To Be Back For Opener vs Chargers

By Ernie Padaon

Aug 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) checks out a photographers camera during the second half of the game between the Texans and the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Dolphins 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans stud running back Arian Foster says that he will be ready for the first game of the year against the San Diego Chargers:

“I’ll be ready,” said Foster, who recorded a league-high 351 carries last season for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Foster acknowledged being frustrated during his rehabilitation. He always thought he’d play Week 1, though, and said his conditioning is game-ready. Now, he just has to get back to playing football at full speed.

“It’s me being aware of my body and you guys pressing coach for answers; him giving answers that he doesn’t know 100 percent about what’s going on,” Foster said. “I know my body and I knew it wasn’t a huge issue. I just had to give it time. Before the season, y’all pressing for news, so it was one of those stories.” – Ultimate Texans

Foster has been dealing with a back injury and a calf injury during training camp. He just has been activated off of the PUP list and started practicing with the rest of his teammates. That gives him a couple of weeks to prep for the Chargers on the Monday Night stage.

If Foster were to have any setbacks, the Texans have a pretty good backup in Ben Tate. Tate has averaged 5.1 yards per carry in his career.  Pick your poison.

The Chargers will have their hands full in that opener with Foster. He is one of the top backs in the league. Time for the Chargers defense to stand up to the test. Slow down the Texans running game and slow down Matt Schaub and their passing attack.

It would be so much easier if Foster was not playing, but nobody will make it easy for us. We have to grind our way through it.