Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is out for the season with an Achilles tendon injury, but coach Bill O’Brien still believes his team can be successful this campaign.
Although the results of Foster’s MRI scan aren’t back, coach O’Brien expects Foster to miss the rest of the season after sustaining the injury in the Texan’s 44-26 loss to Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
"I know he's hurting," O'Brien said. "He worked hard to come back for the season, had the groin injury and now this injury.
"He's a guy that's proven he can come back from injury and I'm sure once he's able to rehab it he'll rehab it very diligently and try to come back. We're all supportive of him in that rehab."
Left tackle Duane Brown has expressed his sympathy for Foster, who ran for 1,246 yards last season.
"It's devastating," Brown said. "Just because I know how much he puts into this thing, how much work he puts in to be great, to be healthy, and to stay on the field.
"I know how hard he worked to come back from his groin injury. To have this happen, I'm really hurting for him. I know it's pretty frustrating."
Now the question is: who will step up now Foster is injured? Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk are likely to be asked to keep the Texans (2-5) going.
Grimes has 54 yards rushing and Polk has 138 yards, while Blue – who started in place of Foster in the three games he missed already this season – leads the team with 234 yards.
O’Brien was asked which of his running backs had performed the best so far this campaign.
"I think it's been decent," he said. "When you're 2-5 I don't think anybody's performed great (but) I think that those guys have shown some flashes."
Despite their poor start, the Houston coach is convinced they can get things going.
“I believe in this team. I realize not a lot of people believe in us but all that matters is that we get this thing turned around,” O’Brien said.