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Report: Texans expected to release Arian Foster

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 25: Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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The Texans are definitely looking for a starting quarterback this offseason.

It looks like there’s a good chance that they’ll be in the market for a running back as well. Arian Foster is turning 30, coming off a torn Achilles and set to make a non-guaranteed $6.5 million in base salary, all of which works together to explain why Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle has heard from multiple sources that believe Foster will be released this offseason.

There are other options, including a pay cut for the final year of Foster’s contract, but the veteran back has had a variety of injury issues in recent years that make him a risky bet to bank on heading into next season.When Foster was dealing with a groin injury last summer, owner Bob McNair said he wasn’t surprised because “it seems like every year [Foster’s] had a soft tissue injury.” That would seem to be more fuel for the release fire, but McNair said this week that it is too soon to make a call in any direction.

“Well, we’ll have to see how healthy he is,” McNair said. “But until we know that, there’s really not much you can think about.”

Foster ran for 163 yards on 63 carries in four games this season. Alfred Blue led the Texans with 698 yards on 183 carries.