Kubiak hints at more playing time for Tate

After he left the fantasy football world twisting in the wind in Week 1, Arian Foster appears primed for his first regular-season action Sunday when the Texans visit the Dolphins.

Foster returned to practice Wednesday after wrestling with a hamstring injury all summer, but The Palm Beach Post suspects that Ben Tate — not Foster — could start after rumbling for 116 yards in a season-opening dismantling of the Colts.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak hinted Wednesday that Tate has earned more playing time.

“This league is a league of opportunity,” Kubiak said on a conference call. “There’s a lot of good people backing up or running third, and all of a sudden, guys get hurt. Some of them go in and take advantage of their opportunities, and some of them don’t. I say it to our team all the team: If you get an opportunity and go out and do it, I’m going to leave you out there.”

Foster has seen all this before. He emerged from the wilderness last season to lead the NFL in rushing — but only after the Texans’ injury-riddled backfield was reduced to shambles, providing the then-unknown Foster a chance to shine. Now Tate’s the hot hand, leaving Foster — and legions of fantasy nerds — wishing that hamstring tweak was nothing more than a bad dream.

— Marc Sessler

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