Houston (CBS Houston) – Arian Foster was activated from the PUP list on Wednesday and practiced for the first time in 84 days.
As you would expect for a player that hasn’t practiced in 84 days, there was a large contingent of media waiting to talk to the teams leading rusher.
After a three-hour wait, Foster arrived at the podium with a distant tone and resistant attitude. When asked how he hurt his back, Foster responded “Just a lot of hard work.”
When a reporter pressed him about how the ‘hard work’ injured him Foster responded, “If I told you how I hurt it, that would give the opponent a key on me. Would it not? Well, if you know how you injured it, then you know what part is injured.”
When asked if his injuries were mentally frustrating Foster dismissively said, “Bro, that’s a pretty bad question man.”
It wasn’t a bad question. Earlier this week DeVier Posey returned from injury and spoke at length about how mentally taxing the recovery process can be.
Foster has earned the right to say whatever he wants and if he has another great year none of this will matter. But the famous quote, “Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down.” is famous for a reason.
Foster did reveal, that according to him, his calf and back injuries were not related.
On Sunday Gary Kubiak took a pessimistic tone when talking about his star running back’s health but on Wednesday Foster made it clear that he knows his body better than anyone.
“I think it’s just me being aware of my body. You guys pressing Coach (Kubiak) for answers and him giving answers that he doesn’t know 100 percent what’s going on. I know my body. I knew it wasn’t a huge issue. I just had to give it time. Before the season, y’all are thirsty for news, so it’s one of those stories.” said Foster.
Foster’s health has been a major concern throughout the offseason. He carried the ball a league high 351 times last year leading many fans, analysts and experts to worry if 956 regular season carries over the last three seasons had taken their toll.
“It’s like people just find things to talk about. I stopped listening. So sure, the workload’s big. I don’t really care, man. Whatever. I’m over it.” said Foster.
And over it he was.
Listen to the full press conference below.