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Should Foster be worried?

It's far too premature to call it a full blown controversy, but it could very well be in the near future if not handled correctly.  I'm talking about the Foster/Tate conundrum.  Arian continues to miss valuable time with a tweaked hamstring, and in his stead a new star may be on the rise in Ben Tate

Arian Foster came out of the gate looking sharp against the Dolphins yesterday but quickly shut it down after reportedly feeling tightness in his ailing hamstring.  He ended the day with 10 carries for 33 yards and 2 catches for another 7.  According to Foster, it was his decision to shut it down.

 

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster
(On his hamstring tightening up at halftime) – “I pulled myself out because I felt it getting a little tight. So that’s that.”

 

Head coach Gary Kubiak has a slightly different account.

 

Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak
(On the injury status of RB Arian Foster) – “He’s fine. He obviously wasn’t himself and he got pretty fatigued. He wanted to play in the second half but when he told me he felt a little tight in the locker room I said that’s it. We’re not going to do anything to set him back and hopefully that didn’t happen.”

 

Enter Tate. 

Tate had another impressive showing in week two against a Dolphins defense that was undoubtedly looking to redeem itself after a miserable showing against the Patriots last week.  He ran to the tune of 23 carries for 103 yards and a 4.5 YPC average.  He also snagged 4 catches for 32 yards and helped the Texans seal the deal in the 4th quarter when it counted most.

 

Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(On the performance of RB Ben Tate) – “He’s growing up before our eyes. Good teams line up and run the ball when everyone in the stadium know they can run it and a lot of it had to do with the guys up front. Ben..great job at the end of the game with those big three first downs and the last one there at the end. It’s fun to watch. It’s fun to watch a good player become a pro.”

 

Now obviously Tate has a long way to go to match Foster's break out season in 2010, when he led all running backs with 1616 yards and literally ran away with the NFL rushing title, but he's certainly on the right track so far.  After two weeks Tate currently ranks 3rd among NFL rushers behind Fred Jackson and Darren McFadden, and the three are only separated by a paltry 10 yards.

Considering his recent health issues and looming contract situation, along with the emergence of yet another successful rusher in the Kubiak/Shanahan plug-and-play zone blocking system, the question must be raised.  Should Foster be worried that his starting job is in jeopardy if he can't rebound quickly and stay on the field this season?  I'd like to hear your thoughts. 

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