Buccaneers S Major Wright practices in full for second consecutive day
Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Major Wright (abdomen) turned in a second consecutive full practice session Thursday, Joe Kania of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers official site reports.
Wright appears set to retake the field in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars . Although Chris Conte turned in three consecutive solid performances while he was sidelined, Wright is expected to regain the starting strong safety job come Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Johnthan Banks Doesn't practice Thursday
Johnthan Banks (knee) missed practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, Joe Kania of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers official site reports.
Banks appears to be trending towards another game on the sidelines, and a missed session Friday would serve as a much more definitive sign. Mike Jenkins would once again step in to Banks' right cornerback role against the Jaguars in Week 5 if the third-year pro is unable to take the field.
Texans RB Arian Foster totals 118 yards of offense in loss
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (head/groin) finished Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts with 41 yards on 19 carries and 77 yards on nine receptions (10 targets).
After missing a few plays at the end of the second quarter while being evaluated for a concussion, Foster passed the tests and returned after halftime. The Houston Texans predictably fed him early and often, but the offensive line couldn't get any push. Foster looked like his usual healthy self the few times he had space to work with, notably ripping off a 31-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter.
The Texans may be switching from Ryan Mallett to Brian Hoyer at quarterback, but the change probably wouldn't mean much for Foster's owners, unless Hoyer proves to be a significant upgrade. Either way, Foster should again see plenty of touches in a favorable Week 6 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars .
Texans QB Brian Hoyer nearly rallies team to win
Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett in the second quarter of Thursday's 27-20 loss to the Colts, ultimately completing 24 of 31 passes for 312 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
Ryan Mallett produced zero points on Houston's first three drives, leading to a benching for the second straight week. Hoyer threw a terrible interception on the Houston Texans ' last drive, but he otherwise played an excellent game, putting up 20 points on six drives. Both of his touchdowns went to rookie WR Jaelen Strong, whose first career NFL target went for a 42-yard score on a hail mary to end the first half. Hoyer will likely be the Week 6 starter, but it will still be interesting to see what head coach Bill O'Brien says in his postgame press conference.
Texans QB Ryan Mallett benched for Brian Hoyer again
Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett during the second quarter of the Thursday night game against the Colts.
Mallett got off to another slow start, completing 5 of 10 passes for 50 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Benched in the second half of last week's blowout loss to the Falcons, Mallett was again replaced, only this time Bill O'Brien didn't wait until the contest was out of reach.
Hoyer led the team to 10 points on its final two drives of the first half, but seven of those points came on a Hail Mary to rookie wide receiver Jaelen Strong.
Texans RB Arian Foster returns to game
Arian Foster (head) returned to Thursday's game against the Colts in the third quarter, ESPN's Tania Ganguli reports.
Foster left to be evaluated for a concussion a few minutes before halftime, but he was back out on the field for the Houston Texans ' first drive of the second half.
Possible concussion sends Texans RB Arian Foster out of game
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster left the game Thursday might against the Colts in the second quarter with a possible concussion, per Tania Ganguli of ESPNs.
Foster was visibly shaken up after taking a hard hit from Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson late in the second quarter. Foster came off the field with trainers, but he returned one play, then was taken back out of the game. Shortly thereafter, he slammed a Gatorade cooler on the sideline and left for the locker room.
Alfred Blue will likely lead the Houston backfield for the rest of the night.
Seahawks upgrade RB Marshawn Lynch to limited participation
The Seattle Seahawks changed Thursday's injury report to list Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) as a limited participant, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official website reports.
Originally listed as a non-participant both Wednesday and Thursday, Lynch will likely be listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. He may be headed for a game-time decision for a tough matchup in Cincinnati, but the Seahawks do at least have a 1:00 PM ET kickoff. With Fred Jackson (ankle) likely out, Thomas Rawls could take on a three-down role, as the Seahawks still haven't signed a fourth running back.
Oakland Raiders' Latavius Murray Expected to play
Latavius Murray (shoulder) was limited as Thursday's practice, but he's expected to be fine for Sunday's game against the Broncos, the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur reports.
Though he was limited for a second straight day, Murray doesn't seem to be in any real danger of missing Sunday's game. His matchup is the larger concern, with the Broncos allowing just 3.5 yards per carry and 79 rushing yards per game, despite aleady facing Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles.
Texans WR Jaelen Strong should see field Thursday night
Houston Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong is expected to get a lot of playing time Thursday against the Indianapolis Colts , the Houston Chronicle reports.
Strong, a third-round rookie, is unlikely to see more than a handful of targets in what will essentially be his NFL debut. He was active for the first time in Week 4, but he didn't play any snaps.
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