Houston Texans’ Arian Foster won’t be able to take the field on Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals. The star running back was listed as questionable for last week and was able to make the start against the Indianapolis Colts, but it seems like the hamstring injury he’s battling won this time as he won’t be able to suit up for tomorrow’s game.
With Foster’s confirmed absence, the Texans will be forced to use Ben Tate as the starting running back and Dennis Johnson will back him up on some snaps. Interim coach Wade Phillips also declared that Deji Karim could see some time as their no. 3 running back.
The issues, however, go further for the organization considering the difficult game they will have against Arizona.
Matt Schaub wasn’t able to hold on to a starting role and backup Case Keenum has been playing, but his performance hasn’t been much better than Schaub’s. No signal-caller has been able to put consistent numbers on the board this season, and the loss of Foster gives even more problem to a team that hasn’t been able to muster a lot of offense this year.
The Cardinals’ defense is ranked as a top-12 unit at stopping the pass, and they’re even better against the rushing attack as they are in ranked in the top-5. With Foster out, the Texans lost the only player capable of doing something while rushing the ball, so it’s very likely that they will have all kinds of troubles scoring this Sunday.
The loss of Foster is surely a big blow for the Texans. He’s not only one of the best in the league at his position, but he’s also the most dependable offensive option for a team that has struggled mightily this season.