Arian Foster out for Sunday, trying to avoid season-ending surgery

Arian Foster will try to avoid season-ending back surgery. (USATSI)
Arian Foster will try to avoid season-ending back surgery. (USATSI)

Arian Foster has been battling a hamstring injury, but even though he was listed as questionable for Week 9, he still managed to make his start for the Texans.

That won't be the case Sunday.

He hurt his back almost immediately in Houston's loss to the Colts last Sunday, and that injury will keep him out of this Sunday's game vs. the Cardinals, interim coach Wade Phillips said Friday. Even worse, though, is the news that Foster might have to undergo season-ending surgery on his back, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Foster is in the process of seeing other specialists -- locally and otherwise -- to get their opinion on if he can avoid surgery. But it doesn't sound good for the man who led the league in carries with 351 last season and dealt with calf problems in the offseason.

Without Foster, the team will start Ben Tate and use Dennis Johnson as a backup. Phillips also said the Texans might use Deji Karim as a No. 3 running back.

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