Community Tailgate: 8/4/15

We’re still a few weeks away from the start of battles on the NFL gridiron, but there’s no offseason when it comes to debate amongst fans. Earlier this summer, we launched a new series here at PFR that will be known as the Community Tailgate. What’s the Community Tailgate all about? Well, it’s pretty simple. Every weekday, we’ll highlight one of the top stories going on in the NFL. Then, in the comment section below, we want you to weigh in and let us know what you think.

Of course, while the debate may get spirited, we ask that it all stays respectful. If you need a reminder of our rules, please check out our commenting policy. Basically, we ask that you refrain from inappropriate language, personal insults, and attacks. Speaking of commenting: we’ve made it much easier to leave a comment here at Pro Football Rumors. You are no longer required to be a registered user – simply put in your name, email address, and comment and submit.

Today, we’ll be discussing the Texans running back situation in light of news that Arian Foster sustained a groin injury that will require surgery. The surgery will require quite a bit of recovery time, so much so in fact that he could be a candidate for the IR-DTR. Not long ago, the Texans had an underrated but quite talented backup in Ben Tate that they could turn to. Years later, Tate is unemployed and no longer the promising back he once was and the Texans don’t have a clearcut Plan B to turn to.

If Houston decides to roll with its in-house options, Alfred Blue is there, with Chris Polk, Jonathan Grimes, and rookie Kenny Hilliard also in the mix. However, if the Texans decide to go out-of-house, they could explore the trade market or the free agent market, where veterans like Steven Jackson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Pierre Thomas, Chris Johnson, and ex-Texan Tate remain unsigned. There’s also the embattled Ray Rice, who is only a few years removed from being one of the league’s most productive rushers.

With Foster sidelined for an extended period of time, what do you think the Texans should do? Let us know in the comment section below!


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  1. Luke Adams

    Alfred Blue is capable enough that I don’t think the Texans need to go out and get someone else with the intent of having the new guy carry the majority of the load. But adding a complementary veteran while Foster is out could make sense. A guy like Pierre Thomas, who is capable of catching passes, could be a fit. Maybe Ahmad Bradshaw too, though he’s facing a one-game suspension and he’s coming off a broken ankle.

    Whatever they decide, it looks like really rough news for the Texans, who were going to be leaning on Foster as much as ever this year, with Andre Johnson no longer on the roster and their QB situation still up in the air.

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