Arian Foster was back at practice on Wednesday after missing two days following an injury he sustained during Sunday’s practice.
But the bigger news was that Foster -- the once lowly undrafted rookie running back who worked his way to become a Pro Bowler, earning high praise from players, reporters and fans -- finally broke his silence with the Houston media.
Foster, 27, spoke to media at the Texans facility for the first time all spring or summer and essentially and effectively wasted the time of everyone involved. He spoke for about one minute and thirty seconds and probably would have spoken longer but it was in the best interest of everyone involved to part ways as early as possible.
While Foster didn't speak at the facility before Wednesday, he spoke to a couple reporters at a bowling alley opening in the spring and was more than happy to speak to reporters at a premier for a movie he was in during the spring too. Before Wednesday, Foster had turned down repeated interview requests throughout OTAs and into training camp.
A common theme of the Bill O’Brien Era has been the refrain of trying to be a better teammate. That’s how Foster answered all 11 questions thrown his way on the field after Wednesday’s practice. If it was a joke, it fell flat.
Here’s the full exchange:
Question: How do you feel? Were you 100 percent out there today?
Foster: I’m just out here trying to be the best teammate I can be and I’m gonna work hard at doing that.
Q: Physically, you’re good to go?
F: I’m just trying to be the best teammate I can be, man.
Q: Arian, can you tell us exactly what kept you out, what was going on?
F: Yeah, man. I’m just trying to be the best teammate I can be, you know. I’m gonna work hard at doing that.
Q: What was physically wrong with you?
F: Yeah, I’m just out here, working hard every single day, trying to be the best teammate I can be.
Q: What did it mean to be able to get back out here and start working, Arian? And get back with your teammates?
F: You know, being with your teammates and being the best teammate you can be is what you strive to do. So that’s what I’m out here for.
Q: Your teammates talk about how they want to see you out here. They know what you mean to this ballclub. What does all that stuff mean to you, Arian?
F: Yeah, man. When you're the best teammate you can be, you just work hard at doing that every single day. That’s what we’re out here trying to do.
Q: Is your body starting to break down?
F: Yeah, man. I’m just out here trying to be the best teammate I can be. And I’m gonna work hard at doing that.
Q: How’s that coming, Arian, your progress with being a better teammate?
F: Yeah, you know, I’m just, every single day, just trying to be a better teammate, man.
Q: What do you think about these fans going crazy for you guys?
F: Yeah, man. I’m just out here trying to be the best teammate I can be. And I’m going to continue doing that.
Q: Is there any difference in the way you felt physically, feel stronger?
F: Yeah, man. I’m just out here trying to be the best teammate I can be. And I’m just going to continue to do that.
Q: What was the offseason like, working at your brother’s facility, different than other previous seasons?
F: Yeah, just every single day, man, just working hard, trying to be the best teammate I can be.
Reporter: You got that down.
Foster: Thank you.
Reporter: You’re welcome.
Foster: Y’all take care.
-- Dave Zangaro, CSNHouston.com