Blue (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Saints after being limited in practice Friday. All 16 players the Texans listed on their Week 12 injury report drew probable designations, but given that Blue was one of just three limited at Friday's practice his status is still worth confirming in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.
Blue rushed 21 times for 58 yards and caught all three of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown, which came on a pass from wideout Cecil Shorts, during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets. Blue continues to get a healthy chunk of the backfield touches, as Jonathan Grimes rushed six times for 37 yards and Akeem Hunt rushed twice for four. Blue has always been more of a volume accumulator than a back averaging 5.0 YPC, though he has a great chance to improve in Week 12 against a porous Saints defense.
Blue rushed 12 times for 22 yards and caught one pass for nine yards in Monday's win over the Bengals. Blue was given double-digit carries for the second straight week, but once again averaged under three yards per rush. In fact, teammate Jonathan Grimes finished as the Texans' leading rusher Monday with 33 yards on only six carries. While Blue could continue to see a healthy amount of touches going forward, he'll have to find more running room to stave off conceding snaps to others in Houston's backfield.
Blue started at running back in Week 8 with Arian Foster (Achilles) shelved for the season. He finished with 14 carries for 39 yards and caught all five of his targets for 33 yards. Once again, the Texans ground game offered little balance, requiring the passing game to generate offense. The difference between this game and others that have ended in losses was the defense showing up and preventing the Titans' offense from doing anything. It was encouraging to see Blue involved in the passing game so much -- those five targets / catches are season highs. But as a rusher, take away Blue's big game against Tampa Bay in Week 3, and he has has 43 carries for 134 yards (3.1 ypc) and zero touchdowns.
An MRI has confirmed that Texans featured back Arian Foster tore his right Achilles tendon in the Sunday loss to the Dolphins, per the Houston Chronicle. Bill O'Brien acknowledged Monday that Foster is out for the rest of the season, with the report further noting that he's on track to undergo surgery and presumably headed for injured reserve. In his absence, the Texans will turn to some backfield combinbation of Alfred Blue and Chris Polk, with Jonathan Grimes in the mix to a lesser degree. Of the three, we suspect that Blue is most likely to get the first chance to head the committee.
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