D'Onta Foreman took one more step Wednesday in his return from injury.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said the second-year running back would practice with the team at the Houston Methodist Training Center, after spending the first two-plus months of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Foreman injured an Achilles last November in the win over Arizona.
"I just have to go out there and put my best foot forward," Foreman said Wednesday. "It's very special. It's something I've been working towards. It's been a long process."
Houston now has a 21-day window in which Foreman will either be added to the 53-man roster, or placed on the Reserve/Injured list for the remainder of the season. O'Brien said the next three weeks will answer many questions about Foreman's readiness.
"Can he carry the ball more than two times in a row without having to go get a drink of water," O'Brien said. "What type of shape is he in?"
As a rookie in 2017, he picked up 327 yards on the ground, with two touchdowns in 10 games played. He told reporters on Monday that he felt "really good" and was "looking forward to getting back out there".
O'Brien, though, said the focus primarily will be making sure Foreman is truly ready for game action.
"We've got to do what's best for him, number one," O'Brien said. "And then what's best for the team, relative to where he's at."
"At the end of the day, that's what matters the most: seeing what kind of shape I'm in," Foreman said. "I'm just trying to get back out there. I've been rehabbing each and every day."
Although he'll practice Wednesday, Foreman is not expected to join the roster this weekend to play against Washington.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson said Foreman's return, when it happens, would add "another powerhouse" component to the Texans offense.
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 12/29/2020)