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Arian Foster retreats to locker room with illness as fantasy football crazies lose their mind

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Arian Foster fumbled early and found himself benched for a crucial third quarter goal-line series. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
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Arian Foster is sick and the Houston Texans offense may never recover.

With the second best running back in all of football in the locker room, dealing with what's officially being called an "illness," the AFC-leading Texans struggled mightily against a desperate Minnesota Vikings team.

 Never mind Foster's health or the real-life fate of the Texans. Twitter is exploding with tweets about Foster letting down fantasy football owners in their "championship week." 

Houston put up six points and ended up falling 23-6 on a day when Adrian Peterson was held under 100 yards. Foster gained 15 yards on 10 carries before leaving in the third quarter — and it's all driving fantasy football losers absolutely insane.

Never mind Foster's health or the real-life fate of the Texans. Twitter is exploding with tweets about Foster letting down fantasy football owners in their "championship week."

Priorities.

Of course for a stretch of the game, it looked like Texans coach Gary Kubiak benched Foster, who also fumbled on Houston's third drive of the game.

Foster sat on the bench by himself as the Texans offense failed to turn a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line into a touchdown late in the third quarter.

A few minutes later, he retreated to the locker room. Later in the fourth quarter, word came from Texans PR about the illness.

The Texans (12-3) can still clinch homefield advantage and make the AFC road to the Super Bowl run through Reliant by beating Indianapolis on the road next Sunday. New England already has four losses and the Texans own the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over the three-loss Denver Broncos.

Of course, Houston needs Foster right and sound to make any type of playoff run.

Without a difference-making Foster, the Texans managed only 189 total yards and 11 first downs.

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