Houston Texans head rookie running back D’Onta Foreman will not play again this season after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the latest blow to a team that has been riddled with injuries this season.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Foreman was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the initial diagnosis about his Achilles, which will require season-ending surgery to repair the damage.
Foreman’s father also said his son was done for the season.
“It’s unfortunate what happened to D’Onta, but he’ll come back strong and keep working hard for next year,” Derrick Foreman said following Sunday’s game. “D’Onta showed what he can do as a rookie and he’ll continue to work to improve and build on this season. I’m proud of him.”
Foreman was just beginning to hit stride as the third-round draft pick from Texas scored the first two touchdowns of his NFL career in the 10th game of the season, rushing for 65 yards on 10 carries.
The Texans were hoping to continue to expand his role and will now need to make contingency plans and lean even more heavily on veteran starter Lamar Miller to handle the bulk of the workload.
“D’Onta was really starting to play well obviously in that game,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “He’s a big guy, very tough, physical runner, good out of the backfield in the passing game. He was really starting to understand our offense.
“It’s one of those things. It’s tough. It’s tough for him. He’s a young player. He’ll be back.”
Foreman joins defensive end J.J. Watt, linebacker Whitney Mercilus and quarterback Deshaun Watson on injured reserve.
Foreman finished the season with 327 yards on 78 carries. He also caught six passes for 83 yards. The Texans are expected to make a roster move to add depth to the backfield when they place Foreman on injured reserve.