Texans RB Arian Foster returned to practice Thursday, taking part in drills as he continues to make speedy progress after undergoing groin surgery in August. HC Bill O’Brien has previously said Foster won’t play this week against the Carolina Panthers. O’Brien said Thursday that Foster is still unlikely to play, but was noncommittal on whether he will play.
“We are slowly incorporating him back into practice,” O’Brien said. “I wouldn’t expect him this week, but you never know.”
Foster has been running for weeks and has reached the point where he’s gaining more and more confidence in his health. (Houston Chronicle)
Nerdy Football Analysis: The smart money is that Foster will be ruled out in the next 24-48 hours. However, it is looking more and more likely that he’ll get a shot to face Tampa Bay at home in Week 3 and, at worst, make his season debut in Week 4 at Atlanta. Houston will probably hand Foster a full workload upon his return and his owners should be thrilled; the Texans have one of the least challenging run-defense schedules this season.