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Texans expect Foster to be ready

Associated Press / August 29, 2011

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Texans coach Gary Kubiak is optimistic Arian Foster will be ready for the regular-season opener after the star running back aggravated a hamstring injury in Saturday night’s preseason game in San Francisco.

Foster, the league’s leading rusher in 2010, left the field in the first quarter of Houston’s 30-7 victory, favoring the left hamstring he strained early in training camp.

Foster sat out Houston’s preseason opener, then rushed five times for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ 27-14 win over New Orleans Aug. 20. He was hurt on his eighth carry against the 49ers.

“Looks like we’re dealing with the same thing we were dealing with at the start of camp,’’ Kubiak said yesterday. “Hopefully, we can get him back on the rehab train, and get him ready for opening day. He’ll be day-to-day.’’

Kubiak said head trainer Geoff Kaplan offered a “very positive’’ outlook for Foster’s recovery, though Kubiak stopped short of saying Foster would definitely be healed in time for the Sept. 11 opener against Indianapolis.

“Until he hops back out there, there’s a concern,’’ Kubiak said. “But it sounds like we’re heading in the right direction.’’

Kubiak also said All-Pro linebacker DeMeco Ryans will return to practice today. Ryans did not travel with the team to San Francisco because of an elbow injury.

Massaquoi practices Back at practice for the first time, Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi still is not certain how he got an injury that has kept him out of all contact drills.

Massaquoi finally put on a helmet, pads, and caught passes during a non-contact drill yesterday. 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, explaining for the first time the extent of the problem. “I didn’t know it until I got here.’’

Massaquoi’s injury was never disclosed until he came off the field yesterday. He revealed that he got hurt during “Camp Colt,’’ a series of workouts hosted in Texas by quarterback Colt McCoy during the lockout.

Saints in a breeze Drew Brees completed 15 of 23 passes for 189 yards and led New Orleans to scores on all three drives he played in the Saints’ 40-20 victory over the Raiders in Oakland. The Raiders’ first-team offense looked much improved as quarterback Jason Campbell completed 12 of 17 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown. He capped his first drive with a 35-yard scoring strike to Derek Hagan, who caught six passes for 121 yards . . . Bears tight end Desmond Clark indicated the knee injury he suffered in Saturday night’s game against Tennessee wasn’t as bad as it appeared, posting on Twitter that he’s confident he will return soon. Clark left the field on a cart in the fourth quarter after taking a brutal hit to the left knee from safety Anthony Smith while trying to make a catch. Yesterday, Clark posted, “Took quite a shot out there but feeling confident I’ll be OK and back on the field soon.’’ The was no update from the Bears on running back Marion Barber, who left with a calf injury in the first half . . . Wide receiver Paul Hubbard was cut by the Bills, a day after he and backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen helped send Buffalo’s wild 35-32 preseason overtime win over Jacksonville into the extra period. The pair hooked up on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds left in regulation, and then again for a 2-point conversion . . . Devin Moore, last year’s primary kickoff returner, was among eight players cut by the Colts. Also sent packing was defensive back Chip Vaughn, who was called for unnecessary roughness and taunting on back-to-back plays Friday, penalties that helped Green Bay keep its game-tying drive alive in a 24-21 victory. The Colts also waived former Boston College offensive lineman Josh Beekman.

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