Texans RB Arian Foster “more than likely” to be ready for training camp

6/18/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsHouston Texans running back Arian Foster created quite a scare for the team when he suffered a calf injury during OTAs three weeks ago. An MRI of the calf indicated nothing serious but Foster still needed crutches following the injury. Although the Houston Texans and coach Gary Kubiak’s initial understanding to the calf injury was a little off, Foster believes there is still no need for panic.
The situation was unquestionably of some significance considering Foster has undergone his fair share of injuries during his career in the past, and as a running back any further wear and tear couldn’t possibly be good news. But he downplayed the calf injury during an interview last week and said he was “more than likely” to return from the calf injury at the end of July, ready in time for Texans’ training camp.
“Yeah, it’s good man,” Foster told FoxSport.com’s Ross Jones during a commercial shoot in Malibu, California, last week “It’s just a small calf strain. News is dry in the offseason, so it made headlines.”
However, the use of the term “likely” in his recovery update suggests that Foster deliberately left a hint of uncertainty since his self-determined timetable projects a recovery around training camp, barring any setbacks. But even if he misses some time towards training camp, all will not be lost as he could use the rest. The Texans could use the opportunity to give backup Ben Tate a chance to shine while taking some load off of Foster.
Foster further elaborated on his recovery and the different methods he’s adopted to aid in the process, including spending time in a hyperbaric chamber.
“I try to get in there once a day. I try to get in there for 45 minutes or an hour or two hours. Some guys believe in it, some guys don’t,” he explained. “It creates the white blood cells in your body and helps with oxygen flow to promote the healing process and recovery. I feel like it works.”
The 26-year-old Foster said that eating right is also a major part of his recovery program, so he added lots of chicken and fish to his diet.
He also addressed the speculation surrounding one of the game’s best lead-blocker Vonta Leach’s possible return to the Houston Texans. Leach only recently entered the open market as a free agent after being released by the Baltimore Ravens earlier in June due to his salary situation.
“I’m a good friend of Vonta’s, but at the end of the day we’re just trying to get wins, so whatever is best for the team, I am for,” said Foster.
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