Arian Foster misses second consecutive practice

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans running back Arian Foster hasn't practiced this week.

Foster suffered a groin injury against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has insisted since then that he plans to play. Yesterday he said he feels great.

Still, Foster missed Thursday's practice, which means he hasn't practiced this week. The only two players in that category are Foster and cornerback Kareem Jackson, who we know isn't playing this week with a sprained MCL.

Foster has been important to the Texans' offense this season. He has had six games in which he rushed for 100 yards or more. He had 56 yards against the Eagles, which broke a four-game streak of eclipsing 100 yards.

Asked about Foster's status, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Foster will be someone whom the Texans need to work out before Sunday's game in Cleveland. He said the cold weather in Cleveland will have no bearing on Foster's playing status.

Foster has missed one game this season with a hamstring injury -- the Texans' Week 3 contest against the New York Giants. He returned the following week still feeling the effects of that injury and had eight carries for six yards. Still not completely healed in Week 5, Foster got back to his usual production. He rushed 23 times for 157 yards against the Dallas Cowboys.

So far this season, Foster has rushed for 822 yards and seven touchdowns, and caught passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns.