Coach Gary Kubiak expects running back Arian Foster to play on Sunday against the Dolphins. Foster returned to practice this week after missing the season opener because of a left hamstring injury.
“He looks ready to play,” Kubiak said after practice Friday. “He’s had a good week. I think he’ll be fine. As long as there’s no setbacks he’s ready to go.” While Kubiak said he wouldn’t put a play count on Foster, he didn’t expect him to play as many snaps as he normally would.
“We’ll go out and play and I’ll watch him and see how he’s holding up,” Kubiak said. “I would think that he’s definitely not going to be a 60 play guy, like he normally is for us. He’s a three-down player. We’ll listen to Arian, (running backs coach) Chick (Harris) will watch him, we’ll all watch him. Hopefully everything goes smooth.”
While Foster should return Sunday, the Texans will be without running back Derrick Ward who is out with a sprained right ankle. Ward started for Foster against the Colts and scored a touchdown.
Kubiak said Ben Tat, who ran for 116 yards and a touchdown against the Colts after missing all of his rookie season last year with a broken ankle, would back up Foster and share the load against Miami.
“Both of those guys will play and Steve (Slaton) is available if we need a third guy,” Kubiak said. “He’s definitely going to play. Our second guy is going to get some carries and play.”