"He's working hard, he's in the building, he's in the training room consistently," Smith said. "The reports I'm getting from Geoff [Kaplan, head trainer] indicate he's going to be fine."
Foster struggled with several injuries last season, starting with a calf strain during organized team activities then a back injury that healed in time for him to start the regular season. Foster also dealt with a hamstring injury and then finally a back injury which knocked him out for the rest of the season when he decided to have surgery.
Foster is dealing with a back injury, which could keep him out for the rest of the season. He and Mohamed were listed as out on the team's injury report Friday.
Foster, who had already been ruled out for his Week 10 game at Arizona, apparently received multiple opinions about the extent of his back injury before coming to the conclusion that surgery was needed.
His 542 rushing yards ranked ninth in the league and he scored one touchdown on the ground. He also collected 183 receiving yards and another score through the air. Ben Tate, who is dealing with a rib injury of his own, is the heir apparent to Foster's starting running back job.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the Texans are expected to move Foster to injured reserve on Monday. CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora said Foster still wants to play this season, but that's highly unlikely. La Canfora said Foster will meet with the team this week for a final determination, but it's doubtful he plays again this season.
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