That time is not now. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said this week he'd like to give running backs Foster and Ben Tate a similar workload for the time being. The Texans are being careful with Foster, who missed most of the offseason and training camp because of calf and back injuries.
"They had a game plan going in about how much they wanted me to play and they were trying to ease me back into it, but my competitive nature, of course you want to be in," Foster said, via ESPN.com.
"It's getting to crunch time, it's the fourth quarter and you want to be out there. But this is kind of how it played out. In my opinion, you would be concerned with a player that's happy he's not in there in the last minutes of the game when the game is on the line."
"That has to be OK with me," Foster said. "Like I said, we're chess pieces. Coach makes the final ruling. But as a competitor, I've been in this league, I felt that I've played well throughout my tenure here. You want to be out there. You feel like you've earned that right to be out there. That's just where the frustration comes from."
As we wrote Tuesday, less work isn't necessarily a bad thing for Foster, both for now and in the future. The days of 350-plus touches might be over, but Foster's versatility and nose for the end zone will keep him a vital part of the offense.The "Around The League Podcast" is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.