It’s never fun to see injuries happen in the National Football League, but it is part of the business. The Houston Texans have learned this once again on Tuesday, with the news that running back Arian Foster will need groin surgery and is likely to miss the start of the season, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.
So why does this affect the Kansas City Chiefs? The Chiefs play at Houston in Week 1 and it is a massively important contest. Kansas City will be without Sean Smith for the first three games and nose tackle Dontari Poe is out with back surgery. With that said, the Chiefs are playing the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers in Weeks 2 and 3. Beating Houston would put Kansas City in good position to deal with this portion of the schedule.
Without Foster, Houston has a very limited offense. It is unclear whether Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer is going to start at quarterback, with Texans coach Bill O’Brien not committing to either. Considering Mallett is younger, it is not a huge vote of confidence in him to be in competition with a guy the Cleveland Browns walked away from in favor of Josh McCown.
Here was some of the reaction on Twitter:
Needless to say, Foster’s injury is a brutal blow for the Texans and an unfortunate help for the Chiefs.