Arian Foster ready to 'carry the load'

Arian Foster ready to 'carry the load'
September 5, 2013, 6:45 pm
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How many carries will Foster have in SD?

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Arian Foster missed all of training camp and preseason with back and back injuries but the Texans' running back will be ready to start on Monday night.

But how many snaps will he see?

“Forty-two," head coach Gary Kubiak joked. "No, I’ll tell you what, he looks really good. I’ve been impressed. He’s really had some good work, had a good day today. Obviously, we’re going to go into the game and he and Ben (Tate) are going to both get after it. That’s the way we’ve got it orchestrated, but I have been impressed with his wind, his conditioning. It’ll be the first time that he’s been hit, but that’s part of it. But he’s come a long way.”

This is the second straight season Foster has missed the entire preseason. Last year in the opener, he got 26 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns. If Foster doesn't get many carries on Monday Night Football, Ben Tate will see more action. But Foster said he's ready.

“I feel like I’m game ready to carry the load, but obviously I can understand his timidness and the little bit of withdrawal that he’ll have," said Foster, who added that Kubiak will be who decides how much he plays. "It’s early in the season. It’s Game 1. I’ll get my feet wet this game. However the game plays, that’s how it’s going to play. But I feel like I’m game ready.”