Arian Foster
Texans RB Arian Foster totals 118 yards of offense in loss
Arian Foster, RB, HOU
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News: Texans running back Arian Foster (head/groin) finished Sunday's game against the 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 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 Jaguars.


Thomas Rawls
Seahawks upgrade RB Marshawn Lynch to limited participation
Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
News: The Seahawks changed their Thursday injury report to list featured back Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) as a limited participant.

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 p.m. 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.


Latavius Murray
Oakland Raiders' Latavius Murray Expected to play
Latavius Murray, RB, OAK
News: 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.


Chris Polk
Texans RB Chris Polk is active Thursday night
Chris Polk, RB, HOU
News: Texans running back Chris Polk (knee) is active for Thursday's game against the Colts, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

With Jonathan Grimes (knee) ruled out, Polk will serve as the No. 3 running back behind Arian Foster and Alfred Blue. Polk is dealing with a knee injury of his own, but he's at least available in the event of am emergency.


Frank Gore
Colts RB Frank Gore listed as active Thursday
Frank Gore, RB, IND
News: Colts running back Frank Gore (foot) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Texans.

Gore is thus slated to head the Colts' Week 5 backfield, which also includes Josh Robinson and Zurlon Tipton. Over four games in an Indy uniform, Gore has compiled a 4.2 yards per carry average and two TDs, while recording 54 rushing attempts. With Matt Hasselbeck, who has been under the weather of late, slated to make another start for the Colts in place of Andrew Luck on Thursday, the team could well lean heavily on Gore this week.


Marshawn Lynch
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch didn't practice Thursday
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
News: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports.

With no work in the first two practices of the week, Lynch's status for Sunday's game at Cincinnati remains up in the air. The Seahawks have one more opportunity to clear up his availability for Week 5, but he could enter the contest as a game-time call. Because fellow back Fred Jackson is expected to sit out, rookie Thomas Rawls could be at the forefront of the rushing attack Sunday.


C.J. Anderson
Presenting a plan for Andrew Luck's Fantasy owners
C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN

If you drafted Andrew Luck in the first round, you pretty much have to consider him a sunk cost at this point. We're essentially one-third of the way through the Fantasy season, and he has 51 Fantasy points; he had 151 last season at the same point, including two games with at least 35.

That doesn't mean you have to give up on your season, of course. Even if you are 0-4 and starting Josh McCown this week, there's still time to turn things around. Just think, someone in your league probably drafted C.J. Anderson in the first round; pity them, not yourself.

So, what should you do with Luck if you did draft him? Probably nothing right now. Sorry. That's not exactly the most helpful information ever, but trying to trade him after his second missed game in a row -- coming off one of the worst three-game stretches of his career -- is the definition of "selling low." You're going to get a No. 3 RB and a backup WR, if that, for him right now, and that doesn't help your team.

Try a little patience. I'm not saying you need to hang on to Luck forever, but a panic trade is the wrong way to go about things here. You can't trade him this week anyways, because of the early lineup lock, and that might be a blessing in disguise.

Luck has extra time to prepare for Week 6, and he's got a couple of chances to boost his value then. The Patriots are a tough matchup, but he has a chance to put up big numbers in a game he will probably be chasing points for. He had 23 Fantasy points against the Patriots last season's regular season matchup, and the Patriots have given up solid Fantasy days to the likes of Tyrod Taylor and Blake Bortles, in addition to Ben Roethlisberger.

That's a tougher matchup because the Patriots can generate pass rush, and the Colts have obviously struggled to protect Luck. However, if he is healthy for Week 6 and puts up a solid performance, you might want to hold on to him for one more week, with a matchup against the Saints on the way. Two more weeks might be enough to boost Luck's value to the point where someone will be willing to believe in him; that's when you trade him.

Luck has a nice two-week soft spot in the schedule, and you want to take advantage of that, because he has the Panthers and Broncos in Weeks 7 and 8, before a bye. If you can move him after a big game against the Saints, you are probably maximizing your value with Luck, because it's hard to see him truly living up to expectations at this point.

The shoulder injury that has already caused him to miss two weeks seems like a situation that has a chance to get a lot worse if he gets hit the wrong way -- and behind this offensive line, that could happen a lot. No matter what you do with Luck, adding a backup you feel confident in trusting is imperative, because whether you trade him or not it seems fair to say he is no longer the must-start, every-week option you expected coming into the season.


Robert Turbin
Browns RB Robert Turbin limited again in Thursday's practice
Robert Turbin, RB, CLE
News: Browns running back Robert Turbin (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday.

Turbin could make his debut in a Cleveland uniform as soon as Sunday's game against the Ravens, though a wait-and-see approach is in oder from a fantasy perspective until his role in the Browns' offense is established.


Andre Ellington
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington able to practice in full Thursday
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
News: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) practiced in full Thursday, according to the team's official website.

The full practice marked his first since suffering a PCL sprain in the season opener and all but lays the groundwork for probable status upon the release of Friday's injury report. Assuming that occurs, he'll make his return Sunday in Detroit, though playing second fiddle to Chris Johnson is likely Ellington's destiny in his initial game action since Week 1.


Lorenzo Taliaferro
Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro returns to practice
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, BAL
News: Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) returned to a limited practice Thursday.

At this stage, Taliaferro is trending toward being available Sunday against the Browns, though both he and Javorius Allen are behind Justin Forsett in the Ravens' RB pecking order.


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