Now back at practice for a second-consecutive week, hopes are high that Arian Foster is close to returning to the starting lineup.
"I've been pretty much able to do everything," Foster said Thursday. "I don't feel like it's a 100 yet but it feels really good."
On Wednesday, head coach Bill O'Brien said he was "not sure about this week." According to the official injury report, Foster still limited in practice. However, O'Brien remained optimistic that the All-Pro running back would be back "sooner rather than later."
When he does return, Foster will be ready to pick up where he left off before his Aug. 3 groin injury. He hopes to assume his role as the primary back but wants to be healthy first.
"Whenever I come back, I make sure I'm able to carry the load so if I'm out there, I'm out there to be of use as usual," Foster said.
Foster, who didn't disclose a timetable for his return, admits it's been hard to watch from the sideline for the Texans 0-2 start to the season. It's been a test of patience while he has recovered from surgery and rehab.
"It's tough because you feel like you're an integral part of what this organization has in store for the season and you can't give your best," Foster said. "It's just part of it though. It's a long season so you just have to take it week-by-week."
The Texans will host Tampa Bay on Sunday in their Week 3 matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for noon on FOX-26 and SportsRadio 610.
TBT takes a look back at the Texans 37-9 win at Tampa Bay on Nov. 13, 2011.