QArian Foster RB HOU 1 month ago

Foster (Achilles) visited the Dolphins on Tuesday but left without a contract offer, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Afterward, Miami executive Mike Tannenbaum told Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald that Foster is "a little bit away" from being healthy.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Foster is five months removed from tearing the Achilles in his right foot, so it's no surprise that he remains in the midst of rehabilitation. Coming off a three-year span in which he appeared in 25 of a possible 48 games, an incentive-laden deal is likely in the 29-year-old's future, but a team such as the Dolphins could use his veteran presence to groom 2015 fifth-round pick Jay Ajayi with Lamar Miller poised to serve as Foster's replacement in Houston. While other organizations are sure to inquire about Foster, his status for the 2016 campaign remains in limbo.

QArian Foster RB HOU 1 month ago

Foster is scheduled to visit the Dolphins on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Foster, who played just four games last season, is coming off a torn Achilles suffered in October, compounding his previous injury concerns. In fact, Foster has missed 23 games over the past three seasons, and will also turn 30 years old before the 2016 campaign kicks off. Nonetheless, with the Dolphins in need of a running back to replace Lamar Miller and complement rising second-year player Jay Ajayi, Foster fits the profile of an experienced, accomplished veteran that could certainly add something to Miami's offense if healthy.

QArian Foster RB HOU 1 month ago

Foster continues to progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles in his right foot, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Foster managed just four appearances in 2015 before sustaining the season-ending injury on Oct. 25, and despite being cleared to jog in January, the Texans cut the seven-year veteran loose just before the opening of free agency. Although his next landing spot is to be determined, he's fitting in a pair of training sessions per day at his brother's facility in Houston with the aim of returning to the field. As long as he avoids setbacks in the coming weeks and months, he should find a home at some point during the offseason due to his all-around potential.

QArian Foster RB HOU 2 months ago

Foster is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn Achilles, with the expectation that he'll be ready for training camp, Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With an impending cap hit of $9 million for the 2016 season, Foster was cut loose by the Texans in advance of free agency, despite an assurance from general manager Rick Smith last month that money wouldn't motivate his decision to keep the veteran back. Ultimately, a combination of Foster's salary, a checkered medical chart, and age played their respective roles, with an Achilles tear in his right foot likely the final straw. When next season kicks off, he'll have turned 30 years old, an age at which running backs tend to lose the last of their waning athleticism. Foster will attempt to buck the trend, but interested teams may wait until his injury is healed before exploring the possibility of inking the RB.

QArian Foster RB HOU 2 months ago

Foster (Achilles) will be released by the Texans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Foster was limited to just four games in 2015, as the injury-plagued back saw a full 16-game season just twice in his seven-year career with the Texans. Although GM Rick Smith noted last week that the financial factor would not come into play with the veteran back, a pending cap hit of nearly $9 million is tough to be ignored. The move has yet to be made official by the team, but once it is, the 29-year-old back will likely have to catch on with a low-risk deal elsewhere, as he his coming off another serious injury heading into his eighth NFL season.

QArian Foster RB HOU 2 months ago

When asked about Foster's (Achilles) future with the Texans, GM Rick Smith noted Thursday "as it relates to all the free agent conversations, I'm never going to tell you one way or the other what we're doing, but I will tell you this: His salary is not a reason why we would cut Arian," the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

For his part, coach Bill O'Brien was noncommittal when asked about Foster's status with the Texans, stating, "everybody that was on the 2015 team, everybody is being evaluated, discussed...so as being in the plans, sure, everybody's in the plans." In the case of Foster, the running back carries a hefty $8,925,000 salary-cap figure for 2016, but with the Texans in decent shape cap-wise, other factors besides pure finances figure to play into their ultimate decision on Foster, who is recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon that he suffered this past October. Per the report, among the considerations that will be weighed by the team are "his age, durability issues and future productivity." With that in mind, Foster, who turns 30 in August, has been cleared to jog and has expressed to the Texans his hopes of playing this coming season.

QArian Foster RB HOU 3 months ago

Foster (Achilles) has received clearance to jog, Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Foster logged yet another abbreviated campaign after tearing his right Achilles tendon on Oct. 25. In the meantime, it's been speculated that the Texans intend to move on from the oft-injured running back due to his cap figure of $9 million for the 2016 season. While Foster himself full intends to play again, he'll ease into his rehab process.

QArian Foster RB HOU 4 months ago

Foster (Achilles) is expected to be released in March, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Foster, 29, has a lot of miles on his legs in a short period of time, limiting him to just 25 games over the past three years. If the Texans choose to go in another direction for the 2016 season, the best in-house option is Alfred Blue, who finished 2015 strong but was spotty until the final four games.

QArian Foster RB HOU 6 months ago

The Texans placed Foster (Achilles) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Foster's placement on injured reserve was primarily procedural, as it was revealed following Sunday's game that he would be lost for the rest of the season. Alfred Blue is the favorite to take over as the Texans' running back, but Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk could get a chance to see more work as well.

QArian Foster RB HOU 6 months ago11 Comments

An MRI has confirmed that Foster tore his right Achilles tendon in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Coach Bill O'Brien acknowledged Monday that Foster is out for the rest of the season, with the report further noting that the running back is on track to undergo surgery and is presumably headed for IR. In Foster's absence, the Texans will turn to some backfield combo of Alfred Blue and Chris Polk, with Jonathan Grimes in the mix to a lesser degree. Of the three, we suspect that Blue is most likely to get the first chance to head the committee, which makes him worth aggressively targeting in leagues where he is still available. Polk is also worthy of a speculative add to see how things play out in the Houston offense, as it moves on from Foster.