Tough as it might be, we must face the reality of an Arian Foster-less existence for a significant portion of the 2015 NFL season. The other running backs on Houston's current training camp roster are Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, Kenny Hilliard, and Chris Polk. Do you believe one or more of those players can step up in Foster's absence?
If you answered that question in the negative, adding an unemployed RB is always an option. Some available free agents:
Best available RBs for #Texans: S. Jackson, A. Bradshaw (1-gm susp.), C. Johnson, Pierre Thomas, S. Greene, B. Tate, K. Moreno, R. Rice.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 4, 2015
Or could the Texans look to Seattle in an attempt to acquire one of Marshawn Lynch's backups (Christine Michael or Robert Turbin)?
If I'm Houston and it is bad, I'm calling Seattle and asking about Christine Michael. Good #2, potentional long-term option, too.— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) August 4, 2015
For those asking about CMic to Texans in trade w/ SEA, keep in mind that CMic has some baggage too. Turbin would be a better fit of the two— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) August 4, 2015
None of these players, even on their best day, approximates Arian Foster. But you aren't adding a talent of Foster's ilk at this stage of the game. What would you do if you were Rick Smith?