Back on August 30, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak pledged to lighten the workload of Arian Foster, coming off back and calf injuries this offseeason, and split carries with Ben Tate in Week 1.
"Obviously I don't think Arian is going to be a 30-carry guy opening night without camp," Kubiak said.
Well, how about 24 touches, and a pair of drops? That apparently isn't going to cut it for Foster going forward.
Foster ran the ball 18 times for 57 yards (with a long of nine) and caught six passes for 33 yards. Ninety yards on 24 touches isn't your typical Foster output, and maybe the injuries held him back a little. He was stopped on 3rd-and-1 and 4th-and-1 runs in the first half, and he dropped a catchable 3rd-and-8 pass in the fourth quarter that could have converted a first down, along with another dumpoff later.
But Foster apparently believed that he and not Tate (who ran nine times for 55 yards, and had two catches for seven) should have been out there as the Texans were grinding down the clock towards a comeback 31-28 win in San Diego.
Interesting cut-away to Arian Foster, clearly frustrated on the sideline while Ben Tate stays in the game. #Texans
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 10, 2013
"That's (BS), dog." Arian Foster after being called back to the sideline. He's not liking this shared carries arrangement with Ben Tate.
— Cedric Golden (@CedGolden) September 10, 2013
Still, Foster got focused and was out there on the final drive of the evening, one which led to the game-winning field goal from Randy Bullock. Will it be a problem going forward? Doubtful, but it will be interesting to see how quickly the Texans work Foster back into his standard workload. Mind you, he averaged 24.8 touches per game the past three seasons. Maybe it's the key touches Foster wants all to himself.