Gary Kubiak: 'Monday game helps Arian Foster'

Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans looks on against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2013
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Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak says that playing their opening game on Monday will give running back Arian Foster more time to prepare.

Gary Kubiak has said that starting the 2013 NFL season with a Monday game will give Arian Foster more time to work on his fitness.

The running back missed the Houston Texans' pre-season with calf and back injuries.

The team's head coach told reporters: "Obviously I don't think Arian is going to be a 30-carry guy opening night without camp.

"He got good work last week. This is going to be a good week for him because we've actually got two extra days that can get us a couple extra padded practices before we start our week. Us opening on Monday should be beneficial to Arian.

"We know Ben [Tate] is ready to go. He's had a great pre-season and between the two of them, we've got to do it well. We obviously have to sit there and have a plan for Arian, being his first time out."

The Texans play the San Diego Chargers in the opening week of the regular season.

Ben Tate of the Houston Texans rushes past the block of Duane Brown of the Houston Texans on December 23, 2012
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