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RB Arian Foster - Houston Texans

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Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) will not play Week 12.

He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 17): Foster was listed as questionable to play on Friday after missing practices last week due to his injured groin. He was inactive on Sunday.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Foster missed Week 11, but the Texans did not miss him. Alfred Blue's big game should make the team more tolerant of letting Foster rest another week if he is a 50/50 call. That Foster was declared out well before the Week 11 also means that the injury may be worse than Foster and the team originally let on.

General News (Sat Nov 22): is highly unlikely to suit up Sunday, Nov. 23, for Week 12, according to ESPN NFL Nation reporter Tania Ganguli.

General News (Fri Nov 21): did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 20): did not practice on Thursday. He'll likely share carries with RB Alfred Blue if he plays in Week 12.

General News (Thu Nov 20): is likely share carries with Alfred Blue if Foster plays in Week 12.

General News (Wed Nov 19): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 12: vs Cincinnati Bengals

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The Texans watched Alfred Blue power them to a big afternoon running the football at Cleveland last week - Blue had 36/156/0 in his first crack at starting as an NFL running back, and Jonathan Grimes added 13/54/0 as the Houston bench filled in admirably for the missing Arian Foster (out due to a groin issue last week). All told, the Texans rushed for 54/213/0 at Cleveland last week. Foster's status for this week is unclear at mid-week - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for his practice status on Thursday and Friday - this situation is in flux due to his groin injury, but Blue showed he can shoulder the load for Houston if he has to do so again this week. The Bengals' rush D held New Orleans' Mark Ingram and company to 25/76/0 rushing last week, but were torn apart for 52/170/3 rushing by Cleveland just two weeks ago. The return of Rey Maualuga (three solo tackles last week, two for a loss) may have helped strengthen the Cincinnati defensive front, but there is still work to be done in this phase of the game. Cincinnati is ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 136.2 rushing yards allowed per game, and they've given out the second-most rushing scores this year with 12 allowed. This is a great matchup for the home-team Texans.

Recent Stats and Projections

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8 at TEN 20 151 2 6 4 22 1 0
9 vs PHI 15 56 0 3 2 63 1 0
12 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 0 * * *
12 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *
12 vs CIN PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs PHI (15 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 63 / 1 rec)

Foster could not get traction in the run game as the Eagles focused on stopping that aspect, but he still managed to keep the Texans competitive well into the game almost single handedly. Foster burned OLB Connor Barwin on a wheel route and burst down the sidelines to the end zone. Foster suffered a non-contact injury midway through the second half, and as of Sunday Night the only word on Foster was that he suffered a groin injury. As soon as Foster planted he fell over and it was obvious he was hurt immediately. The NRG turf system has caused numerous serious lower body tissue injuries over the years though, so Foster owners should hold their breath until official word comes out this week.

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Latest News

Texans | Week 12 Inactives (Sun Nov 23, 11:35 AM) - The Houston Texans have declared RB Arian Foster, WR DeVier Posey, OT Jeff Adams, S Josh Aubrey, CB Kareem Jackson, LB Max Bullough, QB Tom Savage inactive for Week 12.

Our View: Alfred Blue gets the start at running back and he's a borderline RB1 play.

Texans | Arian Foster out Sunday (Sun Nov 23, 11:29 AM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is out Sunday, Nov. 23, for Week 12.

Our View: Alfred Blue is a borderline RB1 in a home game coming off of a career-best performance at Cleveland.
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Texans | Arian Foster unlikely to play (Sat Nov 22, 04:18 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is highly unlikely to suit up Sunday, Nov. 23, for Week 12.

Our View: Fantasy owners take note! If true, this puts Alfred Blue as a RB1/RB2 option for your fantasy team this week.
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Texans | Arian Foster a game-time decision? (Fri Nov 21, 05:22 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) did not practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is questionable for Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Foster would be worked out prior to the game Sunday, Nov. 23, to see if he can play.

Our View: Assume Foster won't be in the lineup and start Blue as if Foster will not play. If Foster does go, he'll be a boom/bust RB2 play, but Blue will also likely be at least worth a flex play, if not more. It's hard to see Foster taking on his full workload after not practicing this week.
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Texans | Arian Foster misses practice (Thu Nov 20, 05:50 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 20, after being limited the previous day.

Our View: Friday will be the tipping point, but if he plays, we can see RB1 numbers from him. If he doesn't play, Alfred Blue will be a solid play and an RB1 in his own right. Otherwise, Blue is no more than an RB3/Rb4.

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Schedule

12vs Cincinnati Bengals
13vs Tennessee Titans
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15@ Indianapolis Colts
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars