Foster did not practice on Friday after leaving practice early on Thursday with soreness in his knee area. Reed also did not practice after leaving early on Thursday because of a sore hip.
“I’m optimistic that they’ll be ready to go, but we’ll have to see,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “We’ll look at tomorrow and probably end up having to work them out before the game and see.”
Foster, a two-time Pro Bowler who leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage since 2010, said Friday that he expects to play. He had an MRI on Thursday that came back negative.
“It’s not my knee,” Foster said. “It’s around the knee area, so there is no problem with my knee.
“It just gradually happened over time. It wasn’t a particular play or anything like that. I work extremely hard, and sometimes things just need a little bit of rest.”
The Texans will likely work Foster out on Saturday and Reed on Sunday to gauge their availability for Week 1. Kubiak said Foster felt better on Friday than he did on Thursday.
“I think if we pushed him to practice today, he would have went out there and practiced,” Kubiak said. “We’re going to be smart with him, but we’ll have to show us that he’s ready to go. I think Brooks is a probably a little bit more sore than Arian as far as going out on the field today. He is also optimistic that he’ll be ready to go. We’ll have to test them both.”
“I told Ben in front of the team yesterday, he’s done it all the time,” Kubiak said. “Ben has had a great camp. He’s been working really hard, so if Arian is unable to go, this team knows that Ben will go in there and play well. Justin (Forsett) will play well.”
“If Brooks is unable to go for some reason, that’s what Whitney is here for,” Kubiak said. “Probably a bigger load gets on
“He’s got a chance (to play on Sunday),” Kubiak said. “I would’ve not said that yesterday, but watching him work with the trainers today, he’s close. We’ll give him tomorrow off. We’ll work him out Sunday morning and see.”