Foster returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis for the first time since undergoing groin surgery on Aug. 7. He sustained the injury during practice on Aug. 3.
Foster's recovery is ahead of schedule, as he was originally scheduled to recuperate in roughly three months.
Foster, 29, ran for 1,246 yards with eight touchdowns in 13 games last season. He added 327 receiving yards and five touchdowns through the air in 2014.
As an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee, Foster signed with the Texans in 2009 and has since been selected to four Pro Bowls.
He led the league in rushing in 2010, and was subsequently selected to the NFL's first-team All-Pro.
The Texans (0–1) visit the Panthers (1–0) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday on CBS.
- Kayla Lombardo