The Facts: The Texans aren't going to be able to replace Arian Foster with any free-agent pickup. But they did make a smart choice when they picked up the phone Tuesday in response to Foster's serious groin injury. Thomas is on his way to visit the Texans, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported according to a source informed of the situation.
Diehards Line: As NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal suggests, Thomas is not an every down back, but he's been one of the best passing down options in the league for his entire career. He's especially excellent on screen passes and was effective in 2014 with 4.9 yards-per-carry and 8.4 yards-per-catch. Those are numbers of a player that still has something left. We'll be watching to see if Thomas gets a contract tomorrow. He makes sense as a passing down option to pair with Alfred Blue or Chris Polk. Foster is expected to miss half the season on injured reserve with a designation to return, and the Texans will need a lot of role players to step up.