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Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Bengals. He didn't practice all week. Miller has said he'll play, but we can't consider him a lock. The late kickoff makes it an even tougher situation for fantasy owners. You need to have a viable replacement lined up if you hope to use Miller. Alfred Blue would be the best bet in Houston's backfield if Miller sits out, but Akeem Hunt and Jonathan Grimes could also be involved.

The Texans have released RB Arian Foster.  The move doesn't come as a surprise, despite Foster's big name and career fantasy production.  He turns 30 in August, tore his Achilles last October and was set to count $8.9 million against the cap in 2016.  Foster was cleared to jog in February but remains iffy for the start of the regular season.  He figures to be met by a cold market and might not find a new home until the summer or even the fall.  Houston, meanwhile, is left with Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes atop the RB depth chart.  Look for them to add to the position via free agency and/or the draft.

Texans RB Arian Foster has been diagnosed with a torn Achilles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  Foster is done for the year.  He lasted just 4 games after missing the first 3 with a groin injury.  By the time this season is over, Foster will have missed 23 of Houston's last 48 games.  Achilles injuries tend to take a full year to return from, and Foster turns 30 in August.  His career is on the ropes.  Alfred Blue figures to get the 1st crack at replacing Foster as the Texans' lead back this year.  RBs Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes are also in the mix.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien confirmed Friday that RB Arian Foster (groin) won't play against the Bucs this weekend.  "But he's doing well," O'Brien added.  Foster has a shot to return for Week 4.  Meanwhile, Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes will form a committee backfield again this Sunday.  None is a recommended fantasy play, despite the positive matchup.

Texans HC Bill O'Brian said Wednesday that he doesn't expect RB Arian Foster (groin) to play against the Bucs on Sunday.  Foster returned to practice last week, and there were reports that he was on track to debut this weekend.  But it looks like Houston will wisely play it safe with the talented but oft-injured back.  That'll mean another game with Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes forming a committee backfield.  We'll see if Foster can return for Week 4.

Texans RB Arian Foster will require surgery on the groin he injured on Monday, according to insider John McClain.  Foster "should be able to return during the season," McClain adds, but exactly when is unclear.  We'll continue to update Foster's status as we learn more.  For now, fantasy drafters should treat him as a later-round bench stash.  Foster ranked 4th in PPR points per game last year and should still be an asset whenever he gets back on the field this year.  Meanwhile, the battle to replace Foster is now 1 of the bigger story lines in fantasy football.  RB Alfred Blue served as Foster's backup last year but averaged just 3.1 yards per carry.  The Texans signed free-agent RB Chris Polk this offseason and drafted RB Kenny Hilliard in the 7th round.  RB Jonathan Grimes also returns.

Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Giants. Houston will go with a committee backfield with Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown. Blue is the best bet to lead the team in touches, but he’s a risky RB3 or flex play.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer calls Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) a “long shot” to play against the Giants today. Foster was limited in practice all week, but this is the first time we’ve heard that he’s in danger of missing the game. We’ll find out his official status by noon ET, but Foster obviously needs to be on fantasy benches right now. Rookie Alfred Blue was the clear #2 RB last week and figures to lead the Texans backfield in touches today. That puts him on the RB3 radar. RBs Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown will mix in behind Blue.

Texans RB Jonathan Grimes continued to work as the #2 RB in Monday's practice, according to insider Brian Smith.  Grimes started the preseason opener with Arian Foster (hamstring) sidelined, carrying 10 times for 39 yards.  “Grimes’ experience overall probably has him a little ahead of Alfred [Blue]," HC Bill O’Brien said. “But Alfred’s doing a good job for a guy that just got here."  As for RB Andre Brown, O'Brien only said, "He’s out there. He’s involved with special teams and things like that."  Brown is clearly buried on the depth chart, with Grimes looking like the favorite to open the season as Houston's #2 RB.  The 2012 undrafted free agent totaled 73 yards on 21 carries (3.5 YPC) across 2 appearances for the Texans last year.  He's not a special talent, but his place on the depth chart behind an injury-prone starter makes Grimes at least worth putting on fantasy watch lists.

The Texans will likely be down to their 5th-string RB for Sunday's finale against the Titans.  Arian Foster and Ben Tate are already on IR, Dennis Johnson suffered a hip injury that has him questionable for Week 17, and Deji Karim is done for the year with a broken collarbone.  That leaves RB Jonathan Grimes as the Week 17 starter.  The 2012 undrafted free agent has carried 7 times for 29 yards over the past 2 seasons.  He goes 5'10, 201 pounds and with 4.5 speed.  Uninspiring.  Grimes did lead the nation in all-purpose yards in his senior season at William & Mary.  He can contribute in the run and pass games.  Looking at 15+ touches in a plus matchup against the Titans, Grimes will be on the RB3/flex radar for Week 17.

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