A hamstring injury has hampered Arian Foster all preseason. (UPI/Landov)
Arian Foster, the NFL's leading rusher in 2011 with 1,616 yards, is inactive for the Texans' Week 1 showdown with the Colts. Foster injured his hamstring this preseason and speculation swirled that he may miss several weeks of the regular season.
In last year's season opener, a 34-24 Texans win over Indianapolis, Foster rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns. He topped the 100-yard rushing mark against the Colts again in a 30-17 Week 8 loss.
Without Foster in the lineup, the Texans will turn their running game over to Ben Tate and Derrick Ward. Tate was Houston's second-round pick in the 2010 draft but suffered a severe ankle injury during the preseason and missed all of last year. He had a strong 2011 preseason, though, and will team with the veteran Ward, who rushed for 315 yards and four touchdowns last season with Houston.
The Colts, of course, are dealing with a significant injury of their own. Quarterback Peyton Manning is out for Sunday's game and the foreseeable future after undergoing another procedure on his injured neck. Kerry Collins will start for Indianapolis in Week 1.