Seemingly off the mend, Arian Foster intends to latch on with an NFL team before training camps begin in earnest at the end of July.
Enter the running back-needy Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions, both of whom will host Foster for workouts this week to evaluate his recovery, ESPN.com reported Sunday. If all goes well, the veteran running back is expected to sign with a new team fully healthy and "hungry" to play in 2016.
Foster, 29, has been searching for work since the Houston Texans released their all-time leading rusher in March. He ruptured his Achilles tendon in October, costing him all but four games in 2015 — the second time in three seasons Foster suffered a major injury.
But the four-time Pro Bowler rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2014 — his last full season — and aims to latch on with a team offering "dual-threat running back capabilities," ESPN reported in March.
Foster met with the Dolphins shortly after his release. Miami's backfield depth is shallow, with Jay Ajayi and third-round draft pick Kenyan Drake as the top two options, and new coach Adam Gase has said he prefers running backs who "can stay on the field all three downs."
The Lions have five running backs on their current roster, led by Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, who play varied roles.
Foster, undrafted out of Tennessee in 2009, has 6,472 rushing yards and 68 total touchdowns in his seven-year career. He led the NFL in rushing in 2010 with 1,616 yards.