Arian Foster will be a game-time decision Sunday

Arian Foster Watch has begun in earnest this week.

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday the running back practiced and will be a game-time decision Sunday when his team faces the Atlanta Falcons.

"Progression is well, I think from two months ago having it off the bone to today," Foster said of his recovery via the team website. "It feels great and so yeah, I feel like I've got a chance. It just depends on how it feels on Sunday."

"The night before or 90 minutes before," O'Brien said of when he'd know Foster's status.

On Friday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network's Around the NFL that there is "a lot of optimism" Foster will make his season debut Sunday.

Foster has been practicing on a limited basis the past two weeks following preseason groin surgery. The coach said the running back would need to be a full participant in practice before he sees his first game action this season.

"Every day's another day of improvement. Hopefully, he'll keep getting better," offensive coordinator George Godsey said.

Given Foster's injury history, especially when it comes to soft-tissue troubles, the Texans will take their time with their Pro Bowl runner.

The door is still open for a Texans' playoff run in the weak AFC South. Getting their offensive workhorse back as early as Sunday would be a huge lift in that endeavor.

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