The bad news is that Arian Foster will be out Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The worse news it that he possibly could need season-ending surgery on his ailing back.
The Houston Texans workhorse back, who had more carries than anyone from 2010 to 2012, won't play Sunday, per the Houston Chronicle He came out early in the team's loss Sunday night to the Indianapolis Colts after starting but not touching the ball.
Foster has sought the opinion of two or three specialists, according to interim head coach Wade Phillips, who is replacing Gary Kubiak while he rests and recovers following a mini-stroke. Phillips said he was not sure of what the back specialists thought about Foster's condition and what the final result will be.
“He’s had two or three opinions,” Phillips said. “They haven’t told me anything about it. Still evaluating is what they’ve told me.”
Foster had been heating up prior to coming out of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago, and he is averaging 4.5 yards per carry for the season. Ben Tate, who is battling through three cracked ribs, is likely to start, with Dennis Johnson, Deji Karim and rookie Ray Graham the other backfield options in Foster's place.