The Arian Foster return buzz was fun while it lasted. Despite reports suggesting the Houston Texans star running back could potentially make a rapid return in just the second week of the season, it doesn’t look like it’s happening. Houston head coach Bill O’Brien shot down the rumors on Sunday afternoon, which pushes an Arian Foster comeback at least another week.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien was asked Sunday if there’s a chance Arian Foster plays this week against Carolina. His answer: ‘I would say no’
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 14, 2015
Reports surfaced late in the week that Foster’s recovery from an injured groin had gone about as good as possible, and that the star rusher was possibly looking at a speedy return. With that return no longer set for week two, Foster and the Texans will play it safe and keep week three in mind for a potential return.
This isn’t a setback for Arian Foster owners in fantasy football because he wasn’t supposed to be back until week four at the earliest. In fact, even if he’s out all of September, you still may have gotten a steal in fantasy drafts this year. Foster still has a chance to make it back by week three, which by itself would be amazing. A week two return for Foster always sounded a little too good to be true. Alfred Blue should get the start for the Texans again in week two, but with their quarterback situation so murky, he’s not an ideal play. In fact, the only Texans player you can safely start in fantasy football appears to be DeAndre Hopkins.