GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers leads teammates Jonathan Stewart #28 and Derek Anderson #3 out onto the field for warm ups to the NFL season opener game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Arian Foster Injury Update: Texans Running Back Inactive Vs. Colts

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will be inactive for today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans announced the news moments ago via Twitter.

Derrick Ward will start in place of Foster today.

The Colts allowed an average of 127 rushing yards per game last year. In the preseason this year, they allowed more than 146 yards per game, the third worst of any team.

Ben Tate will backup Ward. Steve Slaton is expected to see some action on third-downs.

The other inactive players for the Texans today include: QB T.J. Yates, CB Brandon Harris, CB Roc Carmichael, G Thomas Austin, T Derek Newton and DE Tim Bulman. The Texans are at home today against a Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts team. The Colts' other inactive players include: WR Blair White, WR Anthony Gonzalez, DB Kevin Thomas, RB Darren Evans, OG Jamey Richard, DE Jerry Hughes.

For more perspective on Arian Foster, visit SBNation's Houston Texans site, Battle Red Blog. For more on the Indianapolis Colts, visit SBNation's Colts site Stampede Blue

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Steven Jackson Injury Status: Rams RB's Return Questionable

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson has a strained quad and his return is questionable. Jackson injured his quad on a 47-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of the Rams season opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

That was the Rams’ first offensive play of the game, and put them in front of the Eagles by a score of 7-0. The Eagles have since gone on to add two unanswered touchdowns to make it a 14-7 game heading into the second quarter.


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If Jackson cannot return, Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood will take over rushing duties for Jackson. Fans and analysts wondered before the season started if Jackson would be able to stay healthy for the Rams. Jackson was supposed to be the key to the Rams offensive strategy against the Eagles today.

Read more about Steven Jackson and the St. Louis Rams at Turf Show Times, SBNation’s Rams blog.

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Arian Foster Injury: Texans Running Back 'Unlikely To Play' Against Colts

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, who was previously called a game-time decision, is 'unlikely to play' according to ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter, who passed along the information via his twitter. Foster was expected to be one of the NFL leaders in yards from scrimmage this season after a fantastic 2010, and his loss could be huge for the Texans in their Week 1 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.


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The good news for the Texans is that they have some depth at running back. Ben Tate and Derrick Ward should split carries, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Steve Slaton get a few touches, even though he's primarily used on special teams and coming off an injury of his own.

Houston will still be favored in this game even without Foster, thanks to Peyton Manning's injury, but Gary Kubiac and co. would probably feel a bit better about the game if they had their No. 1 running back.

Check out Battle Red Blog to see how Texans fans are coping with Foster's injury.

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