Arian Foster has remained one of the NFL‘s most statistically prolific running backs over the past three years. As long as he’s been healthy for most of the regular season, Foster has been a steady near-guarantee to clear the 1,000-yard and 10-touchdown rushing marks with plenty of space to spare. This is a lot to ask from the brutality of the modern running back position.
However, there are also legitimate concerns about declining production-per-opportunity. Each of the past two seasons have seen nearly a half-yard drop in yards per carry and Foster now barely hovers above the 4-yard average mark, not far from the rough equivalent to the Mendoza Line at 3.7 YPC.
After losing the right side of his offensive line to free agency last year, there are now health questions surrounding Houston Texans left guard Wade Smith, who underwent knee surgery this week.
“We made a decision last night to have Wade’s knee scoped today, so we took an aggressive approach to clean it up,” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, via the team website. Kubiak also added that the surgery was a success and that Smith would soon be rehabbing. “He’s already done. … Everything went good, so now we start the process of coming back. It’s going to be a day-to-day deal right now, but he’s got some work to do to get back.”
Left tackle Duane Brown and center Chris Myers are both among the best at their position, but the rest of the Texans offensive line is raising question marks, especially on the right side where the Texans struggled mightily to run in 2012. Ben Jones lost the position battle at right guard, and is expected to fill in at LG until Smith his healthy.