AFC South Shake-Up: Texans Release Colts Nemesis Arian Foster

Dec 14, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Indianapolis Colts won, 17-10 to clinch the AFC South Division. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 14, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Indianapolis Colts won, 17-10 to clinch the AFC South Division. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports /
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Houston Texans are releasing longtime running back Arian Foster, who’s been an Indianapolis Colts nemesis throughout the years:

The 29 year old running back played in just 4 games last season before tearing his Achilles and was due a $8.925M cap hit in 2016.

Oct 8, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs with the ball against Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) at NRG Stadium. The Colts beat the Texans 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs with the ball against Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) at NRG Stadium. The Colts beat the Texans 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

Foster finishes his 7-year Texans career with 1,454 carries for 6,472 rushing yards and 54 rushing touchdowns. He’s currently the franchise’s all-time leading rusher in all three categories.

Of course, a big chunk of that came against the Colts, as Foster rushed for 1,001 career rushing yards on 179 carries (5.59 ypc avg) and 8 rushing touchdowns against Indy in only 9 games.

Foster’s biggest statistical game of his career came on September 12, 2010, when he rushed for 231 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns on 33 carries (7.0 ypc avg) against the Colts in that season’s regular season opener en route to a 34-24 Texans Win.

Originally signed by the Texans as a 2009 undrafted free agent, Foster has had a highly decorated rushing career and has been one of the best running backs in the NFL over the past several years.

However, injuries have taken their roll on the veteran running back in recent seasons. He’s reportedly missed 23 games over the last 3 seasons with back, groin, and Achilles injuries.

As such, it looks as though his time in the AFC South is coming to an abrupt end.