Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said Monday that he doesn't believe Arian Foster's calf injury will linger with the star running back throughout the season. Smith told ESPN's Josina Anderson that the Texans decided to put Foster on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp to alleviate any concerns that the right calf strain would linger. "We want to make sure that he is totally 100 percent ready. So he's very close" Smith said. "We are just making sure that he is ready to go when we let him loose. We are being cautious and taking that slowly but I have no worries that that is going to be something that he is going to have to deal with." Texans coach Gary Kubiak told ESPN on Monday that Foster might be activated as soon as the middle of this week. Foster rushed for 1424 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for his third straight 1200-yard season. He said Saturday that he feels good and that he expects to be activated from the PUP list soon. Smith said Foster's focus coming into this season portends great things for him in 2013. "He had his most productive year coming off of an offseason where he was just totally dedicated and focused. I saw the same dedication and focus this past offseason" Smith said. "So if the last one was any indication he's going to have a great year 'cause he worked and he was diligent in what he was doing this offseason. So he's committed to having an excellent season."
Arian Foster return 'very close'
ESPN | Jul 30