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Texans running back Arian Foster spent most of August trying to get over a hamstring injury, and you didn't see him get any preseason action. Don't let that be a source of worry. Foster said Tuesday that he feels "wonderful, physically." The truth is Foster has been practicing at or near full speed for at least 10 days and probably could have played in a preseason game if he really wanted to. But Foster has his eyes set on this Sunday against the Redskins, a game he said he can't wait to play. One reason why Foster is so excited about this weekend's regular-season opener is that it gives him another chance to prove his skeptics wrong. Foster has been been trying to overcome the naysayers ever since he entered the league as an undrafted free agent from Tennessee. After a few incredibly productive seasons, Foster played in just eight games last year, mostly due to a back injury that required surgery. Now, Foster is healed up and out to once again prove himself, prove that he can still be the player who tortured defenses from 2010-12. "I've been like that since I've been in the NFL," he said. "I've had to prove to myself I could play in this league. That's part of the reason you keep that chip on your shoulder because you remember the days when you had your doubts."
Although Foster's heavy workloads from previous seasons probably played a role in his body's breakdown last year, the Texans are going to ride him for as long as he can carry them this season. The risk is obvious, but a healthy Foster is a relative steal late in the second round or early in the third. He averaged 1,900 yards from scrimmage per season during that three-year stretch in which he was one of the best players in fantasy, and he even missed three games in one of those seasons. If his body can hold up for at least 14 games, odds are you will be left with no complaints.