Arian Foster injury: Texans RB could return to practice Monday

Jared Wickerham

Arian Foster could return as soon as Monday from nagging calf and back injuries.

Arian Foster could be back at practice by Monday, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle on Thursday. Foster is recovering from a strained calf injury he suffered during offseason training activities this past May, as well as dealing with an issue with his back. He is currently on the team's physically unable to perform list, though he can be activated at any time during training camp without penalty.

Battle Red Blog: DeVier Posey nearing return

Heading into the 2013 regular season, there shouldn't be any concerns about his health, barring any setbacks. The Texans' season opener on Sept. 9 against the San Diego Chargers is over three weeks away at this point. If cleared by coaches, Foster has a chance to participate in the Texans third and fourth preseason games against the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys, respectively.

While Foster sits, Ben Tate will operate as the Texans' de facto No. 1 running back. Tate suffered a groin injury early in training camp and did record a carry in the team's preseason opener, but has returned to practice and could make in appearance when the Texans play the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.

Last season, Foster dominated the carries for the Texans, rushing 351 times for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also recorded 40 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Tate had 65 carries for 279 yards and two touchdowns as the team's third-leading rusher.

More from SB Nation NFL:

Tom Brady tweaks knee but expects to play

Roth: Bernie Kosar vs. the Shield

Fred Dryer wants his likeness back

McNabb says RGIII is "brainwashed"

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.