Free agent running back Arian Foster is “probably a week or two from being able to pass a physical,” according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). At that point, he adds, Foster’s market will probably start to come into focus.
Foster was by the Texans in early March with a failed physical designation as he was recovering from a torn Achilles. Given his injury, Foster’s reps made it clear that he was in no rush to sign this offseason. In late March, he visited with the Dolphins, but he left Miami without signing a contract.
Foster, 30 in August, accumulated 6,472 rushing yards during his seven years as a Texan, and that figure would have been even higher if injuries had not slowed him down over the course of the last three seasons. After earning three consecutive Pro Bowl nods from 2010 to 2012, averaging about 1,900 all purpose yards and 16 touchdowns in those seasons, Foster was limited to 25 regular-season games from 2013 to 2015. Those injuries, along with his age and his increasing cap number, resulted in the Texans releasing him this spring.
In 2015, Foster was slowed by a groin injury in training camp and the preseason, and later suffered a torn Achilles, landing him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. When he played, he was at his least productive, averaging only 2.6 yards per carry on 63 attempts. Still, if he recovers well from the Achilles injury, the Tennessee alum could have something left in the tank — he was a Pro Bowler in 2014, piling up 1,246 rushing yards in just 13 contests.
Recently, PFR’s Dallas Robinson ranked the top ten offensive free agents remaining on the open market and placed Foster in the top ten. In addition to the Dolphins, he ID’d the Raiders, Eagles, and Chargers as potential landing spots for the veteran.
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