Kubiak still thinks Foster will be ready for opener
Arian Foster wasn’t able to practice on Monday but head coach Gary Kubiak is still counting on his star running back for the opener on Sept. 9 in San Diego.
“Ye, I am, because I watch him work,” Kubiak said. “I’ve been watching him. He’s basically going through practices or has been since we’ve been in camp on his own with Jeff. Obviously, there’s been a little setback as we try to get some soreness out of him. But from what I’ve seen, yes. It’s not like he’s been standing around for the last three weeks. Obviously, we want to get him back out here as quick as I can.”
Foster is still on the Active/PUP list as he has been since the start of training camp. He started camp on the list with a calf strain he suffered in the spring but is now dealing with back soreness.
Foster has had some injections in his back in an attempt to alleviate soreness but, according to Kubiak, those injections caused some soreness in Foster’s legs. During training camp, Kubiak said he didn’t think Foster’s calf and back injuries were related.
Leading up to last week’s game, Kubiak thought Foster would be back on the field Monday but that didn’t happen.
“If I had a date (for Foster’s return), I’d give it to you,” Kubiak said. “Today was my date and that one didn’t work. So we’ll just have some patience here and everything they’re telling us, we’re listening to, we’re very positive about everything, so we’ll have to see.”
In Foster’s absence Ben Tate has been filling in with the first team offense. Tate is entering a contract year after a disappointing season in 2012.
“I think he’s getting a little frustrated,” Tate said. “But when you’re hurt, there’s nothing you can do about it. He’s definitely ready to get back and I’m ready for him to get back too. I think we’re definitely a better team when both of us (are) on the field and clicking and working together.”