Arian Foster RB HOU 5 Months

Arian Foster (back) tweeted that he's been "medically cleared by my doctor."

Foster rushed for 542 yards in eight starts before landing on injured reserve and undergoing back surgery in November. When healthy last season, Foster looked fresh and still had the juice in his legs. His 4.5 YPC mark was his third-highest average of his five-year career. Foster may not be the elite RB1 he once was, but we still have faith he can produce top-12 numbers at his position. With Ben Tate off to Cleveland, the Texans need to find a No. 2.

Arian Foster RB HOU 5 Months

Speaking Friday, Texans GM Rick Smith said Arian Foster's (back surgery) rehab is going well, and that he's "going to be fine."

"He's working hard, he's in the building, he's in the training room consistently," Smith said. Foster went under the knife on November 15. Provided he doesn't suffer a setback, he's expected to be full-go for the Texans' offseason program. Now 27 and coming off an injury-ruined season, Foster is no longer a sure-thing first-round pick in re-draft fantasy leagues.

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Arian Foster's back surgery was a microscopic lumbar discectomy.

The surgery took place on November 13 and was performed by the noted Dr. Robert Watkins. "The surgery went well and the timing of his return to football will depend on his progression through the rehabilitation program," Watkins said in a statement. Foster is expected to be ready in plenty of time for training camp, but he'll be 28 in August and the surgery won't do anything to quell fears about crippling overuse.

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Arian Foster (injured reserve) underwent back surgery in California on Thursday.

We're noting this simply for bookkeeping purposes. And the Texans had previously been noncommittal on whether Foster needed surgery. "His surgery went well, and that's about all I know," coach Gary Kubiak said. "I don't normally have any more particulars on it. (He'll) start the recovery process (now)." Foster, 28 next August, should be back in plenty of time for next summer's training camp.

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Texans placed RB Arian Foster on injured reserve with a back injury, ending his season.

Foster finishes the season with just four carries after October 13. It's Foster's first trip to injured reserve, but hardly the first injury for a player increasingly plagued by lower-body issues. Foster needs surgery on his back, which is always troubling news, but especially for a player who takes as many hits as a between-the-tackles running back. That being said, Foster should be ready for next summer's camp. Due $5.75 million, he should also be back with the Texans provided they're comfortable with his health. They'll go with Ben Tate and Dennis Johnson in Foster's absence. With the injury-prone Tate playing through four broken ribs, it's quite possible Johnson ends up Houston's lead back. Turning 28 next August, Foster has logged 1,191 touches since the beginning of the 2010 season. That's a mammoth workload.

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Texans interim coach Wade Phillips wouldn't confirm or deny Monday that Arian Foster needs year-ending back surgery.

On Sunday morning, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Foster would be placed on injured reserve this week. The transaction hasn't happened yet. Phillips was evasive enough that we still suspect the move is coming by Wednesday.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (back, hamstring) will likely head to injured reserve next week.

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According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, Arian Foster's disc problem in his back "might" heal with treatment, but "could also require surgery."

"He wants to play," McClain confirms. McClain reports Foster is consulting second and third opinions from back specialists because he's trying to find one who'll green light him to avoid surgery and play later in the year. Fantasy owners should hold on for the time being, but it sounds like Foster is week to week at best. Dennis Johnson needs to be grabbed in all 12-team leagues.

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John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports Arian Foster may need surgery to correct his back problems.

Foster is in the process of consulting "two or three specialists" to determine his best course of action. The Texans' season is lost at 2-6, so it isn't like they'll be pushing hard for Foster to return this year. McClain notes that the potential surgery would end Foster's season. Banged-up Ben Tate projects as Houston's starting tailback moving forward. Dennis Johnson is No. 2.

Arian Foster RB HOU 9 Months

Arian Foster (back, hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 10 against the Cardinals.

We're hoping Foster gets back late in the season so his owners can get something out of him, but it's legitimately worth wondering if his body is beginning to break down after so many years of monster workloads. The writing was on the wall all summer and fall. He's now in the process of consulting multiple back specialists. Foster will be replaced by Ben Tate in the starting lineup at Arizona. Rookie Dennis Johnson will be the change-of-pace back.