Kubiak updates Arian Foster's injury status
Arian Foster was out of practice on Wednesday and head coach Gary Kubiak said Foster won’t return until training camp.
“He has a pretty good calf strain. We left him in today,” Kubiak said. “He’s on crutches today, will be for a couple days. I mean, he’s going to be fine. Don’t expect me to bring him back here. We’ve got two weeks left so we’ll just go to work and get him healthy for training camp.”
The Texans have one more day of OTAs this week, another round next week and a mandatory mini camp in early June. Foster will miss all of those.
Foster hurt his right calf on Tuesday during the Texans' team session. He needed to be helped off the field and didn't put weight on his right foot. He watched some of practice with ice on his calf before he was carted inside.
"Unfortunate but (we) feel lucky too," Kubiak said. "(He) didn’t do anything, just took a step. But he’s going to be OK, just don’t expect to see him again (before training camp)."
Foster ran for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. It was his third straight season with at least 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Without Foster, Ben Tate will work with the first unit. Tate has shown promise in his first two years in the league but has struggled to stay healthy. He played in 11 games last season and ran for 279 yards after having 942 the year before. His contract will be up after this season.
"Obviously, (Tate) steps up today and works as a starter," Kubiak said. "But he’s been working good either way. Ben’s had a good offseason. Been here every day. You know, opportunity for him these next six practices to be the bell cow, so to speak, and it will be good for him in the long haul."