Foster officially hits Injured Reserve

Foster officially hits Injured Reserve
November 12, 2013, 4:30 pm
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The Texans have officially placed Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster on Injured Reserve.

Foster, as CSNHouston confirmed on Sunday, will have season-ending back surgery this week.

Foster, 27, left the game against the Colts after just one series. Heading into that game, he had a hamstring injury. Foster dealt with calf and back injuries during training camp.

With Foster on IR and Ed Reed released, the Texans will have two roster spots to fill.

With Foster gone for the year, Ben Tate (who has four cracked ribs) will be the starter the rest of the way. Tate is in the final year of his contract.

"I think it’s a big opportunity but as a team, we have to keep fighting," Tate said on Monday. "You can’t have guys giving up across the board."

Foster 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.

Dennis Johnson, Deji Karim and Ray Graham (in that order) are the three other running backs on the roster.