Foster a bright spot in Texans’ loss

Foster a bright spot in Texans’ loss
October 14, 2013, 10:00 am
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Texans react after blowout loss to Rams

The Texans were embarrassed by the Rams 38-13 on Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium but they didn’t lose because of Arian Foster.

In fact, the Pro Bowl running back had his best game of the 2013 season, rushing for 141 yards and totaling 198 yards from scrimmage.

“He was the one shining light on our team today and you’ve got to tip your hat to him,” defensive end Antonio Smith said. “But, I know Arian and if our team isn’t winning, it’s nothing to him. It’s the same way with everybody on our team. You just see that in him. You see the fight he had for you and the sacrifice he has for you, but we have to find a way to get a win.”

Foster had 98 yards rushing and 144 total yards in the first half. And even though the Texans were trailing in the second half, he continued to run hard.

“My opinion of him has never changed,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s a really outstanding back. He’s a competitor and hates losing and you can tell the way he was running the football after we got a significant lead.”

Foster missed the entire preseason and has had a relatively slow start to his season. He said he’s “getting back into the swing of things.”

Foster didn’t just have a good game on Sunday, he had a milestone game. His 22-yard run in the second quarter put him over 5,000 yards for his career. He tied Emmitt Smith for the 13th fastest in NFL history to reach that milestone.

He also became the fourth undrafted player to reach 5,000. He joined Willie Parker, Priest Holmes and Kevin Mack.

“We’ve got to work. It’s not a secret,” Foster said. “Back’s against the wall, we are in these games that we are losing. They get out of control but we still feel like we can play with anybody in this league. We’ve just got to go back to work and go back to the basics. We’ve got to ignore the noise outside and keep working.”

Before this season, the Texans had won seven straight games when Foster ran for 100-plus yards. They’ve lost both this season – against Seattle and against St. Louis.