D'Onta Foreman Injury Updates

Colts RB Jordan Wilkins has been sidelined the past couple of days with a foot injury. “Ongoing evaluation on him,” HC Frank Reich said Saturday. “Trying to determine the best course of action on his foot.” Wilkins' absence will gives RBs D'Onta Foreman and Jonathan Williams a chance to make up some ground on the depth chart. Those 3 guys could be fighting for just 1 roster spot behind Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines.

The Colts have claimed RB D'Onta Foreman off waivers. The 89th pick of the 2017 draft was cut over the weekend by the Texans, who reportedly weren't happy with Foreman's work ethic. It remains to be seen if he'll ever regain pre-injury form after his torn Achilles, but he was once an intriguing prospect at 6’0, 233 pounds with 4.4 speed. We don't consider Foreman an immediate threat to Marlon Mack's lead ball-carrying role -- and he's definitely not a threat to Nyheim Hines' pass-catching role. But Foreman could push Jordan Wilkins for the #3 spot on the depth chart.

Texans GM Brian Gaine said he's "optimistic about a very positive return” from RB D'Onta Foreman. Foreman was just starting to flash as a rookie before tearing his Achilles. He predictably didn't do much this past season, debuting in December and carrying 8 times for 2 yards in 2 appearances. Houston used a 3rd-round pick on Foreman back in 2017 after he ripped off 2,028 yards and 15 TDs in his final year at Texas, so there's obviously ability here. We'll see if he can regain pre-injury form and push for a significant role this summer.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the ankle injury Texans RB Lamar Miller suffered in Saturday's win over the Jets is "not serious." Rapoport adds that there's "a chance" Miller is able to play next week. RB Alfred Blue mustered just 6 yards on 9 carries in relief of Miller vs. the Jets. It's possible we see some RB D'Onta Foreman against the Eagles next week if Miller can't go next week. We'll keep an eye on the situation this coming week.

Texans RB D'Onta Foreman still isn't ready to return from last year's Achilles injury. "Better, not all the way back yet," HC Bill O'Brien said of Foreman on Tuesday. "I think he feels good. We've got a little more time on that decision." With RB Lamar Miller rolling, Houston has no reason to rush Foreman back. You're better off stashing a handcuff like Malcolm Brown, Spencer Ware or Rod Smith than Foreman.

Texans GM Brian Gaine admitted that RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) is iffy for the start of the regular season. "Work in progress right now, recovering from this injury," Gaine said. "We need a little bit more time to determine if he's going to be ready for the season. We're not there at that stage. We think he's getting better. He's improving, but time will tell whether he's available to us when we kick off." Foreman was placed on the active/PUP list to open training camp, making him eligible for the reserve/PUP. That'd cost him the first 6 games of the regular season. At this point, Foreman seems like a long shot to be an early-season fantasy asset. RB Lamar Miller should open the season in a workhorse role. Check out our updated projections for the Texans backfield.

Texans GM Brian Gaine said at the Combine Wednesday that he's "optimistic" that RB D'Onta Foreman will be ready for the start of the 2018 season. His rookie campaign ended last November with a torn Achilles -- an injury that can sometimes take a full year to return from. Teams are always optimistic about their injured players at this time of the year, so take this one with a grain of salt. But Foreman's rehab will be worth monitoring closely this summer. If healthy, he has a real shot to emerge as Houston's lead back. Foreman averaged 4.2 yards per carry last year vs. Lamar Miller's 3.7.

The Texans believe RB D'Onta Foreman tore his Achilles in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That'd be a season-ending injury and could put his availability for the start of the 2018 campaign in question. We should get confirmation tomorrow. Foreman's absence would lock Lamar Miller in as Houston's feature back the rest of the way.

Texans RB Alfred Blue suffered a high-ankle sprain in the team's 2nd preseason game, according to insider Aaron Wilson. "Hope is he'll be able to return soon," Wilson adds. High-ankle sprains are usually 4+ week injuries, so we're marking Blue down as doubtful for Week 1. He had been running as Houston's #2 RB, but this injury opens the door for rookie D'Onta Foreman.

Texans rookie RB D'Onta Foreman flashed in Saturday night's preseason game against the Patriots with a 63-yard catch-and-run and a 4-yard TD plunge. The reception came on a short slant route from a slot position and displayed Foreman's mix of power, jukes and then speed. Later in the game, he plowed through a pair of defenders to push in the TD run around the edge. It's certainly worth noting that Foreman's 1st touch didn't come until Houston's 1st possession of the 2nd half, after Lamar Miller, Tyler Ervin and Alfred Blue had all spent time in the backfield. But after the big rookie delivered plays of 40+ yards in each of his 1st 2 outings, it's hard to imagine Houston just burying him on the sideline in the regular season. The crowded depth chart makes Foreman risky above the late rounds of your fantasy football draft. But there's significant upside in the event of a Miller injury.

 
 
 

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