D'Onta Foreman could be back for training camp, and could start at running back in 2018.
Neither is a certainty, but both are realistic possibilities, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Foreman averaged 4.2 yards per carry on 78 rushing attempts last season, and his final run of the year was a 34-yard touchdown against the Cardinals. It resulted in six points for the Texans, but an Achilles injury for Foreman. His season was over, but his rehab has gone well according to O'Brien.
"He's been in there every day working hard," O'Brien said. "It's a tough injury for a young running back, but he's been working very hard. I don't think he'll be able to do much on the field in the spring, but I think he'll be ready for training camp."
Lamar Miller led the way on the ground for the Texans last season, picking up 888 yards in 13 starts. O'Brien said that Foreman could start more in 2018, after starting once in 2017.
"It'll be a battle," O'Brien said. "At that position, we've always kind of had a little bit of a committee. So, Lamar will play, D'Onta will play, just like we did last year when they were both in."
The Texans will begin their offseason conditioning program on Monday, April 16 at NRG Stadium.