Arian Foster is coming off a year in which he missed time with preseason injuries, looked a step slow when he returned, then got shut down by back surgery after eight games.
It was a disappointing, if not totally shocking development for a running back who had shouldered a massive workload for the Houston Texans in the three previous seasons.
"He's doing well, he's working hard," Smith said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "He's in the building (at Reliant Stadium) and in the training room consistently.
"All the reports that I'm getting from (head trainer) Geoff (Kaplan) indicate to me that he's going to be fine."
With Foster coming off a season compromised by a significant injury, an offseason priority for the Texans will be finding a new complement in the backfield.