After a season-ending Achilles injury and a year of rehab and recovery, D’Onta Foreman is finally back on the Texans 53-man roster.
"The reason why we brought him up is that we feel like maybe eventually, whether it’s this week, next week, some week, he can help us win a game so we felt like it was a good decision for our team." head coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday.
Foreman's return boosts an already-successful run game led by Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue. The Texans are currently third in the NFL and first in the AFC, averaging 140.8 yards per game. The second-year running back, who had been on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list since Sept. 1, began practicing with the team on Nov. 14 when the team activated his 21-day window.
"I practice day in and day out," Foreman said. "I've been getting a lot of scout team reps, just trying to take advantage of my opportunities."
Foreman looked healthy and performed well during the Texans' padded practices, according to O'Brien. While Foreman's addition could help Houston during the final stretch of the season, but he will still have a few challenges to overcome first.
"He and I had a good talk yesterday and you know, he’s a great kid," O'Brien said. "He’s from here and he takes a lot of pride in playing for the Houston Texans and at the same time, he knows he hasn’t played in a game in over a year. Not his fault, it was a tough injury. So he’s still working to get back into that type of football shape, that contact shape and we’re helping him with that."
In 2017, Foreman rushed for 327 yards and two touchdowns on 78 carries with six receptions for 83 yards as a rookie. Foreman tore his Achilles after scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown against Arizona in Week 11.
Houston, on a nine-game win streak, will next host the Indianapolis Colts in Week 14. Kickoff is set for 12 noon CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.
The Houston Texans defeated the Cleveland Browns in Week 13 of the NFL season.