REPORT: Arian Foster’s Groin Injury May Require Surgery
There's some possible bad news swirling around for Houston Texans fans and anyone who was planning on picking a running back in the first or second round of their fantasy draft. On Tuesday afternoon ESPN Houston 97.5's host and NFL writer Jayson Braddock reported that Arian Foster's groin injury may actually require surgery.
If Foster's groin injury is a tear that does not require surgery, he could be back in as little as four weeks. The Chicago Tribune detailed the healing process for this type of tear after Jay Cutler endured a groin injury in the middle of the 2013 season.
" 'Groin injuries can be very complicated, and unfortunately, difficult to recover from. Normal recovery time can be anytime from 4 to 12 weeks, depending on severity and the specific muscles involved,' says Marcus [Ohnemus]. 'The MRI performed on Cutler revealed what is being reported as a muscle tear of the groin, and the normal recovery time for this type of injury is 4 to 6 weeks.' "
The article also offers detail as to the grade system for groin injuries.
"Grade 1: Mild over-stretching or slight tearing of muscle fibers. The muscle is painful, but has near normal strength.
Grade 2: Moderate tear of a larger amount of muscle fibers. More tenderness and pain than Grade 1, loss of strength and sometimes bruising.
Grade 3: Tear of muscle is severe, and can be a complete muscle tear. Bruising is present."
According to ATIPT a torn groin that requires surgery can set a player back at least six weeks depending on how the rehabilitation comes along. For an explosive running back like Foster it could to be longer; and that would certainly be a tough blow to the Texans season.
Since 2009, Foster has scored the third most rushing touchdowns (53) of any running back in the NFL, behind Adrian Peterson (64) and Marshawn Lynch (56). In 2014 Foster had his fourth 1,000+ yard rushing season for the Texans, playing in 13 games and rushing for 1,246 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also recorded 327 receiving yards and 5 touchdown receptions.
Of course there is still reason for Texans fans to have hope even without Foster on the field, since it is legitimately possible that J.J. Watt could also catch five touchdown passes this season.
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