Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster is expected to be active against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday after missing the past three games with a groin injury, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Foster, 30, played in the team’s opener but went down in the second game with the injury. The Dolphins’ running game has struggled without him, as Jay Ajayi has been largely ineffective in relief. Ajayi leads the team with 117 yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns. His per-carry average of 3.8 yards has not been enough.
But a healthy Foster, a rarity these days, can be one of the most effective and explosive backs in the league. He just hasn’t been healthy for a long time, and whether or not he’ll be 100 percent against the Steelers is totally up in the air. The Dolphins released running back Isaiah Pead though, giving credence to the thought that they feel good about Foster’s health at this point.
Foster missed several games because of injuries in 2015, but in 2014 he put up 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games with the Houston Texans. He’s had four seasons of 1,200-plus yards in his career. He’ll be going up against a Steelers rush defense that ranks highly in the NFL. The Steelers have rushed for 510 yards as a team, but have allowed just 385 yards rushing in five games.