Foster underwent groin surgery Aug. 8. He was initially given a 2-3 month timeframe for his return, but after the surgery there was optimism Foster would return in 4-6 weeks.
After the surgery, there was growing optimism that Foster might miss just 4-6 weeks instead of the initial 2-3 months as previously estimated.
Foster is headed for Philadelphia for a second opinion with Dr. William Meyers, who is a sports hernia specialist. Unless Meyers has a different diagnosis, then Foster will have the surgery in Houston, the source said.
Foster suffered a groin injury during a pass play Monday. It happened during the Texans' first fully padded practice. He will likely miss the start of the season and could be placed on short-term injured reserve, which would allow him to return after Week 8.
"He's going to miss some time, there's no doubt about that," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "We have no idea how much time he's going to miss. There's medical opinions that still need to take place. One thing I want to say about Arian is, you know, I feel bad for him personally. I think he came into this offseason and he really worked extremely hard, came back here and ran the conditioning test really, really well, came back in great shape, and he was practicing well. But, as a football team, it's next man up, next man up."
Second-year running back Alfred Blue is expected to move into the starting lineup in Foster's absence.
Foster suffered the groin injury during Monday's practice and hobbled off the field during a play. The injury, which may require surgery, could land him on the PUP list to begin the season. Foster dealt with multiple injuries in 2014, including a groin injury that forced him to miss two games.
The veteran ran for 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014 with 327 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.
During last night's practice, Foster hobbled off the field during a pass play, and several sources, including the Houston Chronicle, have described the injury as serious enough to require surgery.
Foster has battled a variety of injuries during his career, including a hamstring issue that knocked him out of the team's season finale last year.
Foster finished 2014 with 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns on 255 rushing attempts. He also caught 37 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns
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