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Alfred Blue’s role increases with Foreman out

The Texans ground game will have to adjust to life without rookie D’Onta Foreman, at least for the near future. After scoring two touchdowns in a breakout performance against the Arizona Cardinals, Foreman was carted off the field immediately following his second score.

“I don’t have the exact update but it looks like he’ll be out for a while,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday.

In Foreman’s place, Alfred Blue becomes the primary backup to Lamar Miller. Blue was inactive for the Sunday’s 31-21 win after missing Friday’s practice with a hamstring issue. However, the fourth-year back is expected to return to the practice field this week.

“I do expect Alfred to be back,” O’Brien said. “D’Onta was starting to really play well, obviously, in that game. He’s a big guy. He’s a very tough, physical runner. Good out of the backfield in the passing game. Was really starting to understand our offense. So, it’s just one of those things. It’s tough. It’s tough for him, but he’s a young player, he’ll be back. I would say that hopefully Alfred will come back here and be able to practice this week and help us because Alfred’s, really, in practice and on special teams, he’s done a really good job for us when he’s been healthy. So, hopefully we get him back.”

If Foreman is placed on injured reserve, the Texans will have three healthy running backs on the active roster: Miller, Blue and special teams contributor Jordan Todman. Second-year running back Tyler Ervin also landed on IR on October 4 after seeing action in four games this season. With multiple injuries at the position, O’Brien said the team might look to sign another back if needed.

“I’m assuming that D’Onta might be done for the year, so if he goes to injured reserve, we’ve got to find a way to replace that spot, so I’m sure Rick (Smith) and I will talk about that at some point,” O’Brien said.

Foreman rushed for a career-high 65 yards and added three receptions for 15 yards, in addition to scoring the first two touchdowns of his NFL career against Arizona.

The (4-6) Texans will travel to Baltimore in Week 12 to face the (5-5) Ravens on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN and SportsRadio 610.

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