The Houston Texans removed Arian Foster from their Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings after what is being described as an irregular heartbeat for the team’s top running back, although neither Foster nor the Texans feel it will prevent him from being able to play in the Week 17 season finale against the Indianapolis Colts.
“I’ll be OK,” Foster said, according to The Associated Press. “It’s a very minor situation, so I’ll be OK.”
Just less than half way through the third quarter, Foster was pulled from the game and would not return. He finished with 10 carries for just 15 yards to go with two receptions for 14 yards in what was his worst game of the season. With the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs still at stake in Week 17, the Texans expect to have Foster available against the Colts.
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said that this has happened before, with Foster suffering from something one other time in practice. It does not sound as if it is something where Foster or the Texans need to be concerned going forward.
“He calms down and he’s fine,” The AP reported that Kubiak said.
As for whether or not Foster could have returned to the game, the medical staff reportedly told Kubiak and the Texans that Foster could have come back. With the game already basically in hand, Kubiak decided to keep Foster on the sidelines for the rest of the game.
“I know they’re on top of it and he’s feeling fine,” Kubiak said.
Houston will travel to Indianapolis next Sunday, needing a win to secure the top seed and home field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs. They can also clinch the No. 1 seed if both the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots both lose, and could settle for a first round bye with a loss and either a Broncos or Patriots loss.