The NFL career of former Texas Longhorns running back D’Onta Foreman took a big blow on Sunday when the Houston Texans opted to release the third-year player, reportedly because of issues with his maturity and work ethic:
Things quickly soured for Foreman over the offseason, team officials told the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain. Foreman reportedly had trouble getting to meetings on time, and head coach Bill O’Brien had hinted before that Foreman’s grasp on the backup job was not as firm as previously thought. His lack of contributions on special teams and pass protection did not help his case.
On Monday, Foreman got another opportunity, as the Indianapolis Colts claimed him off waivers following an injury in the running back room. Now he’ll compete with Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines for playing time with former Oklahoma running back Keith Ford placed on waivers to make room for Foreman.
The former Doak Walker award winner had a promising rookie season, during which he gained 327 yards and scored two touchdowns before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury that limited him to seven carries during his second season.
Foreman was expected to compete for the back-up role in Houston this year, but now he’ll have to turn his career around by growing up quickly, because despite all of his obvious talent, he may not get another chance if he blows it in Indianapolis.