NFL sources confirmed for FOX 26 Sports that Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will have season-ending back surgery.
The NFL Network and ESPN first reported the story.
Sources told FOX 26 Sports that Foster will have the surgery for a herniated disk and the procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles.
According to his web site, WatkinsSpine.com Dr. Watkins has treated more professional athletes with spinal injuries than any surgeon in the world.
WatkinsSpine.com says Dr. Watkins has successfully treated 173 NFL players, and that group includes Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Foster, who had hoped to avoid surgery so he could play again this season, left the loss to the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday early in the first quarter with a back injury.
After consulting with multiple specialists, Foster opted for the season-ending surgery.
Ben Tate, who is playing with four cracked ribs, becomes the starter at running back, with Dennis Johnson and Deji Karim as his backups.
Johnson and Karim, who were cut by the Texans prior to the regular season, were recently added to the roster.