Injury - Football Wiretap
'No Doubt' Foster Will Be Ready For Opener
Texans running back Arian Foster will be ready to play in Week 1 of the regular season. Foster strained his left hamstring on Saturday night in a preseason game against the 49ers, but the NFL's reigning rushing champion says the injury in mild and improving. "I'm okay," Foster said. "It's a lot better than I thought it was. I'm already jogging." Foster's strained hamstring that cost him two weeks of camp is worse than the one he suffered Saturday. "It's never a good thing to have experience with hamstring problems, but, unfortunately, with my track record, I do," he said. "It was just a mild strain. It feels good."
49ers Activate Crabtree From PUP List
The 49ers have activated receiver Michael Crabtree from the physically unable to perform list. The move comes one day after the team notified the NFL that Crabtree caught a couple dozen passes during warm-ups while still on the list. Crabtree hurt his foot during workouts led by quarterback Alex Smith in June during the lockout.
Browns Lose Steinbach For Season
Browns starting offensive guard Eric Steinbach is out for the season with a back injury. Steinbach underwent back surgery on Tuesday to repair a "disk issue." Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur said the surgery went well, but that the team will place Steinbach on injured reserve, ending his season.
Crabtree Could Return To 49ers This Week
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says "it's possible" that wide receiver Michael Crabtree could return to practice this week. Crabtree is recovering from a broken foot. According to a source, Crabtree fractured his left foot during a player-run practice in San Jose on June 6. He had surgery on the foot before the start of training camp. He is unlikely to play in San Francisco's preseason finale and his status for Week 1 is undetermined.
Martellus Bennett Has High-Ankle Sprain
Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett could miss the season opener against the Jets and possibly more games with a right high-ankle sprain. Bennett, who sprained the ankle in the third quarter of Saturday night's preseason game against the Vikings, is expected to miss two to four weeks. With Bennett out, the two main tight ends are starter Jason Witten and John Phillips, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL.
Broncos Could Lose D.J. Williams For Month
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams has a dislocated right elbow that could sideline him up to a month. Williams was hurt in Denver's 23-20 win over Seattle on Saturday night. "It's unfortunate because he's one of our leaders," Champ Bailey said. "But you've got to just keep on ticking and he knows that. He's going to do whatever he can to get back as soon as possible. He's got to make sure he takes care of himself." Williams left the stadium after the game in a sling with his right arm heavily taped from his wrist to his biceps.
Texans Optimistic Foster Will Play In Week 1
Texans coach Gary Kubiak is optimistic Arian Foster will be ready for the regular-season opener. Foster re-aggravated a hamstring injury in Saturday's preseason game in San Francisco. The NFL's leading rusher in 2010, Foster left the field in the first quarter of Houston's 30-7 victory, favoring the left hamstring that he strained early in training camp. "Looks like we're dealing with the same thing we were dealing with at the start of camp," coach Gary Kubiak said. "Hopefully, we can get him back on the rehab train, and get him ready for opening day. He'll be day to day."
Welker Insists His Neck Is Fine
Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, who injured his neck while making a tackle during the team's preseason game against the Lions on Saturday night, says he will be fine. Welker made the tackle after Tom Brady threw an interception. After the game, Walker told The Boston Herald that his neck was "OK." "He's a tough guy," Brady said. "There's nobody tougher than Wes Welker. He's mentally, physically, he's as good as there is. He's a huge part of our offense."
Massaquoi Practices For First Time
Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi returned to practice for the first time on Sunday. It was his first football-related action since coming to camp with his left foot in a cast and clouded by mystery. "It was a bone chip, but I'm not sure when or where it came from," Massaquoi said. "I didn't know it until I got here." Massaquoi's injury was never disclosed until he came off the field Sunday. He revealed that he got hurt during "Camp Colt," a series of workouts hosted in Texas by Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. That was during the NFL lockout, which delayed the opening of all training camps.
Leftwich Breaks Arm, Season Over
Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich broke his left arm in Pittsburgh's preseason victory over Atlanta on Saturday. According to reports, the injury will likely end Leftwich's season. Leftwich was slated to be the Steelers' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Ben Roethlisberger this season.
Welker Suffers Neck Injury On Tackle
Wes Welker suffered a neck injury following an interception on Saturday night against Detroit.
Peyton Still Hopes To Be Ready By Week 1
Peyton Manning is still rehabilitating from offseason neck surgery.
Eagles' Maclin, Smith Practice For First Time
Eagles wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith practiced with the team on Saturday for the first time this offseason.
Giants Likely Lose Second-Rounder For Season
New York second-round pick Marvin Austin has torn his pectoral muscle.
Caldwell: Peyton Working Hard To Return
Peyton Manning has never missed a game in his NFL career.
Giants' Terrell Thomas Tears ACL
Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas tore his right ACL in Monday night's preseason win over the Bears.
Dungy: Manning Will Play In Week 1 'Unless He's Dead'
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has started all 208 regular-season games during his 13-year NFL career.
Campbell Leaves With Head Injury
Jason Campbell was kneed in the helmet on Saturday night against San Francisco.
Maclin, Patterson On Target For Eagles
The pair both returned to the team on Saturday after experiencing significant health scares.
Ryan Williams Has Ruptured Knee Tendon
The Cardinals will look to sign a running back.
Arizona's Ryan Williams May Miss Season
The Cardinals may be without rookie running back Ryan Williams for the entire 2011 season.
Burress Will Start Sunday, 'Play A Bunch'
Plaxico Burress returned to practice on Wednesday after dealing with a sprained left ankle.
Osi Umenyiora Has Knee Surgery
Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora underwent arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome right knee Friday morning.
Seattle's Okung Returns To Practice
Russell Okung is one or two weeks away from full participation with the Seahawks.
Shonn Greene Has Skin Infection On Foot
Jets running back Shonn Greene will not play on Sunday night because of a "low-grade skin infection" on his right foot.
Harvin, Shiancoe To Miss Saturday's Game
Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe will be held out of Saturday's preseason game at Seattle.
Former Rutgers Lineman Eric LeGrand Visits Jets
Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers DL paralyzed on a kickoff return last season, was a special guest at Jets practice on Thursday.
Miles Austin To Rest Sore Hamstring
A sore hamstring will keep Miles Austin from practicing on Thursday.
Nick Fairley In Walking Boot
Lions rookie Nick Fairley was walking around Tuesday with a protective boot on the injured foot.