Though Foreman (Achilles) was cleared to practice Wednesday, it's not expected that he'll be available to play Sunday against the Redskins, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. "What type of shape is he in? Can he carry the ball more than two times in a row without having to go get a drink of water?" coach Bill O'Brien said, when asked about what factors the team would consider before activating Foreman from the PUP list. "He had a good year last year. That was a long time ago, so let's just...see where he's at."
Foreman is just under a year removed from undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon, one of the most serious injuries a speed-dependent athlete can suffer. As a result, Foreman's conditioning remains a justified concern, as O'Brien's comments illustrate. While Foreman said he's "confident" he'll be added to the active roster this season, the Texans may use the full three-week window to assess his health and evaluate him for a return. If Foreman isn't activated before the team's Week 14 matchup with the Colts, he'll shift to injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
Coach Bill O'Brien said Foreman (Achilles) will take part in practice Wednesday, opening a 21-day window for the Texans to activate him from the PUP list, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
As Foreman predicted Monday, the Texans have cleared the running back to embark on the final phase of his recovery from a torn Achilles, which he sustained Nov. 19, 2017. If he eventually makes enough progress to return to the 53-man roster, he'll re-enter a backfield composed of Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue.
In the wake of a bye week, the Texans held an unofficial practice Monday, but Foreman wasn't participating in the part open to the media, per Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com. When discussing the prospect of Foreman returning to the field, coach Bill O'Brien was non-committal but told Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site "sooner, rather than later." Once Foreman gains clearance from the relevant authorities, the team will have a three-week period to monitor whether his left Achilles is up the challenge. If he rejoins the 53-man roster, he'll have to contend with the RB duo of Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue for touches.
Foreman opened training camp on the PUP list while recovering from surgery to repair a torn left Achilles' tendon and reverted to the regular-season PUP list once the preseason game to a close. Though Foreman's recovery from the major injury has proceeded slowly, Rapoport's nugget suggests that the running back's practice timeline has moved up, as coach Bill O'Brien previously indicated the 22-year-old likely wouldn't be back on the field until after the Week 10 bye. It sounds like Foreman will now be able to take part in some of the light practices the Texans will hold during the bye week, at which point the team would open up a 21-day window to evaluate him for activation. If he's eventually added back to the 53-man roster, Foreman would likely be eased into a backfield mix that has featured Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue as the top two options this season.
In essence, the Texans are waiting until the last possible moment for Foreman's return from a torn Achilles, which he sustained Nov. 19, 2017. Once he takes part in drills, he'll open a 21-day window to be activated from the PUP list. If he returns this season, it'll be interesting to see how he fits into a backfield populated by Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue.
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