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Arian Foster says back surgery 'wasn't as major as it sounded'

Arian Foster may very well be out for the rest of the 2013 season. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)Arian Foster had his least productive year in the NFL last season, scoring just two touchdowns. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Of all the players trying to bounce back from injury in 2014 (Reggie Wayne, Rob Gronkowski, Jeremy Maclin), the biggest name among running backs is Arian Foster, who said recently that his November back surgery was not as major as it sounded.

Foster injured his back in a Nov. 3 game against Indianapolis and underwent microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery by Dr. Robert Watkins a few weeks later. 

"I can tell you the surgery wasn't as major as it sounded," said Foster, via Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman. "That's why I rebounded so quickly. I also worked my ass off. I'm expecting to do bigger things and bounce back."

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Foster said back in mid-March that he has been medically cleared to return, so the Texans can expect him back for offseason workouts.

Prior to his shortened season, Foster had surpassed 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons. He closed out 2013 with 542 yards rushing on 121 carries with one touchdown and 22 receptions with another score.

If Foster is healthy enough to carry the bulk of the Texans carries and take pressure off of whoever the team lines up under center in 2014, the team will be heading in the right direction as it aims to improve on its league-worst 2-14 record from 2013. With backup Ben Tate having signed with Cleveland in free agency, the Texans have to be hoping that Foster's assessment is correct.

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