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Texans release running back Arian Foster

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The Houston Texans have released Arian Foster, running back, on Thurs. During his career there, he was one of the most productive backs in team history.

The Texans are releasing him with a daily physical designation. The New England Patriots also made that same designation when they released Scott Chandler on Wed.

Foster played in just four games last season after injuries to his groin and Achilles tendon.

“There are not many players I respect more than Arian Foster,” Rick Smith, Texans general manager, said. “He maximized his opportunity as an undrafted college free agent and worked to become the most productive back in franchise history, and one of the most complete backs in the NFL during his tenure with the Texans.

“Arian has contributed much, and meant a great deal to the success of the franchise over the past seven seasons and we wish [him] only the best as he continues his playing career.”

With the Texans, he rushed for 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns, which are both franchise-highs. He was due to make $6.5 million with a cap number near $9 million.

By cutting him now, they’re saving $6.6 million.

He hasn’t played an entire season since the 2012 season. Foster; however, has a long history of injuries, as he’s missed 23 games over the past three seasons.

“I’ve got 7-years of beautiful memories with teammates, staff and coaches I’ll never forget,” Foster wrote on Instagram. “Thank you all for being a part of this journey. People that I call friends and brothers have all contributed to the success of what we did on the field, and also to the person an I am off. With everything in me, I love and respect the men and women you are. You are a part of me for good, and to the City of Houston, I genuinely appreciate every once of love I’ve ever gotten.

“From seeing a small kid to an 80-year-old man wear my jersey, I never took it for granted. We’re all just guessing our way through life, being the best people we can, and the people of this city have put a lot of joy in the hearts of my self and my family. Onward we march, it’s been real. Nothing but love on this end.”

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