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.
Packers S Morgan Burnett (calf) didn't practice Thursday
Morgan Burnett (calf) didn't practice Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Until he makes an appearance at practice, Burnett is an iffy proposition to take the field on game day. If a fourth absence in five contests comes to pass Sunday against the Rams, Micah Hyde will again slot in as the Green Bay Packers ' starting strong safety.
Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck still under the weather; will start Thursday
Matt Hasselbeck (illness), who will start Thursday's game in Houston, said his energy levels are low and he hopes he can make it through all four quarters, NFL Network's Stacey Dales reports.
Hasselbeck has been dealing with a bacterial infection since the weekend, and he doesn't seem to have recovered. With Andrew Luck (shoulder) inactive, the Indianapolis Colts will turn to Josh Johnson if Hasselbeck can't make it through the game.
Texans WR Keith Mumphery starting in place of Nate Washington
Houston Texans wide receiver Keith Mumphery will start Thursday against the Indianapolis Colts in place of Nate Washington (hamstring).
Selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Mumphery has thus far served as the No. 4 wideout, but he'll now join the starting lineup in the absence of both Nate Washington (hamstring) and Cecil Shorts (shoulder). While the Houston Cougars passing game may take a backseat to Arian Foster 's running, Mumphery could still see quite a few targets, as he's probably the third option in the offense behind Foster and DeAndre Hopkins .
Bears S Antrel Rolle (ankle) doesn't practice Thursday
Antrel Rolle (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, the Chicago Bears ' official site reports.
Rolle came out of Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but despite clean X-rays, he has yet to practice this week. If he's eventually ruled out, Harold Jones-Quartey is the logical candidate to fill in at strong safety.
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