Foster's workload might get lighter

Foster's workload might get lighter
September 11, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Foster: 'I want to be out there'

When Arian Foster stayed on the bench in favor of Ben Tate in the fourth quarter of Monday’s win over the Chargers, he was visibly irritated.

But offensive coordinator Rick Dennison doesn’t know if Foster is unhappy.

“I don’t know. I’m up in the box,” Dennison said. “He just got back, he hadn’t played very much. We’re just trying to rotate him in, keep fresh guys in. Ben’s had a great camp and we’ll keep them fresh. They’re both competitive; they both want to be out there, which is a good thing. You don’t want a guy that doesn’t want to play. If he’s unhappy, I don’t know that. But I know he’s happy that we won.”

Foster, who didn't play in the preseason, got 18 carries to Tate's nine. But Tate averaged 6.1 yards per attempt to Foster's 3.2.

While Foster got double Tate’s carries on Monday, head coach Gary Kubiak continued to say that he’d like the carries to be closer.

“I’m just gonna keep watching (Foster),” Kubiak said. “I’d like it to be pretty close right now. I think as we continue with the progress with him and Ben (Tate), the other night, the game was so crazy, with basically the running game going away. Hopefully that’s not the case this week. Hopefully we get plenty of touches from that standpoint. But I think we need to be pretty close to even as we move forward.”