Houston (CBS Houston) – Thursday after practice head coach Gary Kubiak answered his daily, “When is Arian Foster coming back?”

This time there was more hope in his answer, “He’s doing good. Hopefully, we have a clean weekend and we wake up Monday and we get back to work. So we’ll see where we’re at.”

The Texans running back is still on the physically unable to perform list. Foster was recovering from a strained calf injury he suffered during OTA’s, but yesterday, Kubiak said Foster’s calf was “fine,” and that now he’s only dealing with tightness in his back that developed while his calf was healing. “As far as Arian goes, the biggest thing with him is we’ve got to get him back and involved with the process,” Kubiak said earlier this month. “You’re watching Cush (ILB Brian Cushing) go through it and everybody’s got to go through that process to get ready to play. The quicker we get him back, the better.”

Since Foster’s injury, Ben Tate has been the No. 1 running back until he suffered a groin injury early in training camp. He did record a carry in the team’s preseason opener against the Vikings, and is projected to play against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.

The Texans’ season opener on September 9 against the San Diego Chargers is three weeks away. And if cleared, Foster could get a few carries in the team’s third preseason game against the Saints on August 25.

I hope the Texans continue to take their time with Arian. There is no reason to rush a player onto a preseason field, especially when Foster has been one of the most productive running backs in the league over the past couple years. Houston has everything to play for deeper in the regular season and post; they shouldn’t be too concerned about getting him reps in the preseason.

In other Foster news, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he has signed with William Morris Endeavor who will “help Foster explore opportunities in marketing and brand building, as well as literature, music and digital media.

Foster had a small role as a Pro Bowl player on “Hawaii Five-O” and was represented by Priority Sports.

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi


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