Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster is expected to start against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, according to coach Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak told reporters after Friday's practice that Foster is still listed as questionable but had a very good practice Thursday and Friday ahead of Sunday's game.
As long as there's no setbacks, he's ready to go, Kubiak said on Friday. I think the key right now for the next 48 hours is what type of play count I put on him and watch him from that standpoint, but all signs are he's ready to go.
Foster missed the Texans' first game of the season against the Indianapolis Colts and was replaced by a combination of Ben Tate and Derrick Ward. Tate performed well in rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown in Foster's spot, but Kubiak understandably wants to get Foster back on the field.
While Foster is expected to start, Kubiak told reporters that Foster likely won't play 60 snaps or get the 90-percent of playing time he normally would.
Fantasy Football Analysis: This is great news for all Arian Foster owners, but bears watching on Sunday just in case something comes up.
Some patience needs to be exercised for his first game back, though The Texans saw a lot of success with Tate and Derrick Ward last week, so don't be surprised to see Coach Kubiak ease Foster back into the mix by giving some of his share to Tate.
Tate played too well against the Colts to be completely ignored going forward, so bank on the former Auburn star getting at least some of the carries.
This is a situation worth monitoring going forward if you own Foster, Tate or Ward. For Foster owners it's probably smart to put him in your starting lineup going forward, but you have to scan the injury reports on Sunday to make sure he is definitely starting.
Tate owners should probably hold onto the player going forward. Not only could Foster reinjure his hamstring, but Tate could have a big role in the offense. He's a worthy handcuff to Foster and could be a potential flex play in weeks going forward.