Kubiak encouraged by Foster’s progress

Arian Foster is one step closer to lining up Sunday against the Dolphins.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that the running back — who has become a hit with the nation’s youth — looked “much better” in Thursday’s practice after missing the season opener with a hamstring injury.

“This was our work day, but he looked good,” Kubiak told the team’s official website. “As long as everything’s smooth tomorrow, he should be ready to go.”

Despite hinting Wednesday that Ben Tate could see an increased role, Kubiak said Foster “puts us at our best.”

It’s a scary thought, re-inserting Foster into a running attack that hammered the Colts for 167 yards in Week 1. And it only opens up Matt Schaub‘s passing game, a disquieting notion for a Dolphins defense that relinquished 622 yards to the Patriots.

Most importantly, it (finally) quells the agitated hobby horses who picked Foster first in their fantasy drafts, whether or not he cares about the fate of those synthetic squads.

UPDATE: Foster sounded highly optimistic after practice Thursday. “I felt wonderful,” he told the Texans’ official website. “It’s more mental than anything getting back from an injury like that, and today I took a huge step forward. It felt good. I bursted when I needed to burst, and without hesitation.”

– Marc Sessler

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