Five running backs have taken on at least 400 carries in a season. James Wilder, Eric Dickerson, Jamal Anderson, Eddie George and, most recently in 2006, Larry Johnson. It was great for each fo them in the short term, but the effect of so many hits took its toll on each player as soon as the following season. Drastic dropoffs in production. Major injuries. The phrase "The Curse of 400" has been created to summarize what happens to those who cross that threshold. Could Texans running back Arian Foster be the next man to join the club? Head coach Gary Kubiak didn't rule it out when asked about it Monday.
"He can handle it; I know that," Kubiak said about Foster getting 400 carries. "You never know how the season's going to go."
Foster is currently on pace for 412 carries and 448 touches this season.
Foster may need to take on more carries if Ben Tate 's toe injury turns out to be a big deal. But if both guys are available, why choose to punish Foster so much? Of course, Foster's 2012 fantasy owners would love to see him get all the work he can. But 400 carries would really hurt his chances of staying productive past this year. I have to think the Texans won't be so imprudent.