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Arian Foster "in the plans" for 2016

Running back Arian Foster is on the comeback trail.

He suffered an Achilles injury in Week 7 at Miami.

General manager Rick Smith met with the 2010 NFL rushing king recently, and is optimistic about Foster's return to the gridiron.

"He's got the right mindset," Smith said on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "He came in and talked to me a couple weeks ago to make sure that we knew that. He'll bounce back. He'll be fine."

Foster played in four games last season, carrying the ball 63 times for 163 yards and a score. He was

injured in the fourth quarter of  loss to the Dolphins. After 2014 in which he averaged 95.8 rushing yards per game in 13 contests, Smith said Foster went at it hard from January through July.

"One of the things I was very, very disappointed for him last year was he probably had his best offseason last year," Smith said. "To see the injuries occur last year was disappointing, primarily because I knew how hard he'd worked."

Smith said Foster is "right back" at it in terms of getting set for the upcoming autumn. Head coach Bill O'Brien, meanwhile, echoed the general manager and said Foster remains a part of the future.

"Everybody on the 2015 team is being discussed so as far as being in the plans," O'Brien said. "Sure he is in the plans."

Foster's averaged 4.5 yards per carry in his 7-year NFL career, and has scored 68 touchdowns in 76 games.


Check out photos of Arian Foster's touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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