It has been about a week since Texans running back Arian Foster was removed from the PUP list and finally began practicing. For the three months prior to that, we in the fantasy world fretted continuously about the nagging calf and back injuries that kept Foster sidelined. But he thinks all of that time off will end up paying off because it saved him from the grind of training camp.
"You ask any player: 'How'd you enjoy the lockout season?' Great time," Foster told Sports Illustrated's Peter King. "You had a chance to train without [having to] practice every day. When you got back to training camp, everyone felt fresh. That's exactly how I feel right now. Over the past couple of months, I had the chance to just train and rehab and work on my body and didn't have all those carries in training camp. Even during camp I got a long rest [because of the back injury]. It's usually a grind. Now I feel fresh. I feel rejuvenated."
That's nice to hear, and it bodes well for Foster's Week 1 status. But it still doesn't erase the fact that Foster recovered very slowly from multiple injuries. He's much closer to the back of the first round than the top in fantasy drafts.