By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 10th, 2013 at 12:03 pm EST
The Houston Texans hoped that Arian Foster could come back to the team this season.
But news came this morning that Foster will not be returning to the team until the 2014 season. He will have season-ending back surgery with the surgery coming very soon, possibly on Wednesday or Thursday.
This is the latest setback with the Texans. Just last Sunday, the Texans lost their head coach Gary Kubiak, who suffered a mini stroke on Sunday Night Football as the teams entered halftime.
Wade Phillips was named interim head coach. And now, Phillips and Kubiak, when he returns, will have to use Ben Tate as their lead back. Foster will officially go on injured reserve on Monday.
Before making this decision, Foster sought multiple back specialists in an effort to not have surgery. But all the back specialists have recommended surgery.
Foster has been battling a lumbar spine issue, and he was playing well before suffering this injury. In 8 games, he had a 121 rushes for 542 yards and a touchdown.
He also had 22 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown.
He will make $5.75 million next season, and as of now, he’s not expected to be a cap casualty. That’s unless the Texans decide to blow things up and have a full-on rebuilding process go on after the season.