RTC: Arian Foster returns

HOUSTON -- There was a great deal of panic related to Arian Foster's absence from most of organized team activities and all of training camp. Inside the building and with Foster, though, there was very little concern that the Texans' top running back would be ready when the Texans needed him.

His injuries were healing and they weren't at a point in the season when he had to be back on the field quickly.

Foster isn't a fan of the preseason. He isn't sure he needs preseason carries in order to be ready for San Diego, and coach Gary Kubiak doesn't think he does.

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans today...

Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press touches on Foster's status and more. In the piece, Foster says he knows how the game hurts, so he won't encourage his son to play it.

Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle also weighs in on Foster's status.

Linebacker Brian Cushing says he hopes a contract extension gets done, writes Dale Robertson of Houston Chronicle. Robertson's notebook includes the news that the Texans are pushing hard for left guard Wade Smith to be ready for the season opener. Smith had a knee scope after banging his knee during training camp.

The Texans will support Antonio Smith in the appeal process, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. Considering a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that Smith was sent a letter from the league office noting his violations since 2011, it seems Smith will need the team's help to change the league's mind.

Sports safety begins at home, writes Randy Harvey of the Chronicle. This one isn't specifically Texans, but a nice series done by the Chronicle that looks at football safety from several angles. This column gives Harvey's personal take as the parent of a high school football player. Worth a read. (As are the related links to the left of the page, which offer the rest of the series.)