Johnson looks to make difference for Texans
Arian Foster's season is over.
The Pro Bowl running back needs back surgery and is out for the rest of the season, CSNHouston has confirmed through a league source.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the news. Rapoport also reported the Texans will place Foster on the Injured Reserve on Monday.
Foster, 27, needed to leave last week's game against the Colts after just one series. Coming into that game, he had a hamstring injury. Foster dealt with calf and back injuries during training camp.
Foster missed all of practice this week while he spent time in doctors' offices. According to ESPN's Tania Ganguli, Foster saw three doctors and all three recommended surgery.
He ran 121 times for 542 yards and just one touchdown this season. His longest run of the year was 23 yards. This season will break a streak of three straight years with at least 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns for once undrafted running back. Since 2010, Foster leads the NFL in rushing attempts with 1,077. Adrian Peterson is the only other player over 1,000.
Ben Tate, in his final year under contract, will take over as the starter. Tate is playing with four cracked ribs.
Dennis Johnson, Deji Karim and Ray Graham (in that order) are the three other running backs on the roster.