Arian Foster Tears Achilles, Out For Year

MONDAY, 2:47pm: Texans head coach Bill O’Brien confirmed today that Foster will be out for the season due to a torn Achilles, tweets Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Per Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston (Twitter link), O’Brien and GM Rick Smith are discussing the team’s running back situation, now that Foster will miss the rest of the year.

SUNDAY, 6:55pm: Don’t expect an official announcement tonight, reports Mike Florio of The Texans will wait until Foster’s MRI on Monday to confirm the assumed season-ending injury.

Meanwhile, Florio wonders if Foster may have played his final game with the Texans. The running back is set to make $6.5MM next season (including a $9.3MM cap number, according to, so the writer believes the team could ask the veteran to restructure his contract. Otherwise, they may just cut the lifelong Texans star.

4:26pm: Foster has indeed torn his Achilles and his season is over, a source tells Ian Rapoport of (Twitter link).

3:40pm: Having already been dominated today by the Dolphins, the Texans are the victims of more bad news, as the club has confirmed that running back Arian Foster has suffered an Achilles injury. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN (Twitter link), doctors do believe that Foster’s Achilles is torn, which would make obviously make it a season-ending injury.

If the diagnosis is correct, it’s an especially devastating injury for Foster, who has been bitten by the injury bug throughout his career. The 29-year-old was sidelined by a groin injury during training camp, and though initial reports suggested he could miss much of the season, Foster worked hard to return after missing just three games. He hadn’t been the same electrifying player that he had once been, but his mere presence on the field gave the Texans a chance.

Now, Houston will likely turn to something of a committee to fill the void left by Foster’s absence. Alfred Blue will probably earn the lion’s share of the work out of the backfield, but Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes will play roles as well. The club may have to hope for more out the quarterback position, a difficult proposition given the play from Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett thus far.

Foster is only signed through the 2016 season, so this latest injury could lead to the Texans having to make a tough decision on the future of their All Pro running back. Foster is set to earn a $6.5MM base salary and a $500K roster bonus; combined with the prorated portion of his roster bonus, Foster would count $9.3MM against Houston’s 2016 cap. The could save $7MM by releasing Foster, so if the team decides his Achilles injury will sap some of his ability, they could decide to move on.

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6 comments on “Arian Foster Tears Achilles, Out For Year

  1. Rob DiRe

    But bravo to the Texans’ coaching staff for the leaving their oft-injured star running back in a game they were losing 41-0 before halftime.

    I feel bad for Foster. Freak accident there on a non-contact injury during a game he had no business being in.

  2. TJECK109

    O’Brien should have stayed at PSU. No reason he should survive past this season. Another example of a good coordinator coming out of New England that fails as a HC in the NFL.

  3. Danielle Bellinie

    Matt Forte is available from the Bears for a player that has lots of depth on a position and a draft pick what the they are looking.

    • TJECK109

      Not sure how much sense Forte would make. Why give up a draft pick for a guy who is a FA at seasons end? If your thinking he is the difference between playoffs and not then that’s one thing but even with Forte they don’t make it. Wait till the offseason if you want Forte. Go sign a Ray Rice… At this point it’s almost a lost cause and time to see who will be around next year.

  4. jwahl

    Man I really lucked out, just traded him for AJ Green in fantasy this week!

  5. Sam Robinson

    This is a bad blow for Foster, who’s not exactly been a beacon of health. He’ll be 30 next year with a medical file housing extensive injuries to his knee, back, groin and now Achilles. The Texans deciding to bring him back on a $9.3MM cap number at an easily replaceable position after all this will indeed be a tough decision. And the FA market is a death knell for 30-year-old RBs.


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