The chip hasn’t left Arian Foster’s shoulder.
And the 28-year-old Houston Texans Pro Bowl running back wants you to know, it was put there by him, not by anybody else.
When asked on Tuesday if he felt like he had anything to prove this season after an injury plagued 2013 and offseason back surgery, Foster replied, “To whom?”
Fans? Media? Coaches? Fellow players?
“No,” he said. “No, I’m not worried about other peoples’ opinion, man. That’s their business.”
But Foster said he does feel the need to show himself what he’s capable of, and said he always has.
“Oh yeah, I’ve been like that since I’ve been in the NFL,” he said. “I proved to myself I can play in this league, and it’s part of the reason why you keep that little chip on your shoulder, because you remember the days when you had your doubts and everything like that. So it’s just constantly getting better every day.”
Given the financials — Foster carries a $9 million cap hit and 2015 with only $5 million in dead money if he’s cut — there is one group Foster does need to convince he can still play: head coach Bill O”Brien and GM Rick Smith.
Foster had only 542 rushing yards and one touchdown in eight games last season before back and hamstring injuries put him on the shelf.
Over the three seasons prior, Foster’s 41 rushing touchdowns led football, and his 4,264 rushing yards were second behind only Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Foster’s quest to return to that form begins on Sunday against Washington.
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