After visiting three specialists, Texans running back Arian Foster has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his back.
Dr. Robert Watkins, one of the country’s foremost surgeons who has been operating on athletes for decades, will perform the surgery in Los Angeles, according to a person close to Foster.
Foster, 27, visited three specialists in Houston and out of state before making the decision. He was hoping injections would relieve the pain in the injury he suffered in the first quarter of last week’s loss to Indianapolis.
Foster, a five-year veteran, will be out for the season. He finishes with 542 yards rushing, a 4.5-yard average per carry, and two touchdowns. He caught 22 passes for 183 yards.
It was an injury-plagued season for Foster. He suffered a calf injury on the first day of organized team activities. Then he suffered a back injury. He was unable to participate in camp or preseason. In the loss to Kansas City on Oct. 20, Foster left in the first quarter with a pulled hamstring. Early in the first quarter against the Colts, he departed with a back injury.
Ben Tate, who replaced Foster in the starting lineup against Indianapolis, starts his second consecutive game today when the Texans play at Arizona. Tate is playing with four cracked ribs. He carried 22 times for 81 yards against the Colts.
Tate, who’s in the last year of his contract, is backed up by three players who weren’t on active rosters two weeks ago –Dennis Johnson, Deji Karim and Ray Graham. All were with the Texans in the offseason, camp and preseason.
Johnson was signed off Cleveland’s practice squad. He plays behind Tate. Against the Colts, Johnson carried eight times for 36 yards.