Foster feeling hamstrung

The Redskins defence chases down Texans running back Arian Foster in Landover, Md., Sep. 19, 2010....

The Redskins defence chases down Texans running back Arian Foster in Landover, Md., Sep. 19, 2010. (LARRY DOWNING/Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

TORONTO - Houston Texans fans and Arian Foster fantasy football owners were holding their breath when the running back got injured on Saturday.

Relax, says Foster, who aggravated a hamstring injury.

“4 those sincerely concerned, I’m doing ok & plan 2 B back by opening day,” Foster tweeted.

He seemed a little annoyed that more people were thinking about their stats than his health though.

“4 those worried abt your fantasy team, u ppl are sick.”

He later added.

“I know opinions are usually cement. But, I love all my fans. My quarrel is with people who value a digital game over a humans health. #love.”

We’re not entirely sure what the cement comment means, but Foster’s feelings are understandable.

Still, for those not playing or coaching, the NFL often is all about gambling, so the comments from fans are also understandable.

Foster had to exit Saturday’s game against San Francisco in the first quarter after hurting his left hamstring.

Foster led the NFL in rushing in 2010 and had two touchdowns in his only extended appearance this pre-season.

Houston head coach Gary Kubiak was not as confident Foster would return for the start of the season, but didn’t rule it out either.

“Looks like we’re dealing with the same thing we were dealing with at the start of camp,” Kubiak said on Sunday.

“Hopefully, we can get him back on the rehab train, and get him ready for opening day. He’ll be day to day ... we feel like we’re fortunate.

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

Brown impresses

Antonio Brown isn’t a big name, but he’s had a big impact for Pittsburgh so far.

Brown caught touchdown passes of 77 and 44 yards and returned a kickoff for 51 yards in Saturday’s 34-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Steelers didn’t miss Jericho Cotchery or Emmanuel Sanders thanks to Brown.

“He’s a really good football player,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said of the sixth-round pick in 2010.

Cotchery and Sanders are expected to return to action soon.

Broncos lose top tackler

Denver linebacker D.J. Williams will miss at least the first game of the regular season after dislocating his elbow on Saturday night.

According to the Denver Post, Williams will be out three-to-four weeks.

Williams has led the team in tackles the past two seasons.

Quick hits

Oakland Raiders rookie Terrelle Pryor is expected to make his debut on Thursday night against Seattle. Raiders coach Hue Jackson told Sunday Night Football Pryor would play as a quarterback. “We’re gonna start there first and see where we go,” Jackson said ... San Francisco management will meet with Drew Rosenhaus, agent for Frank Gore, on Monday. Gore is looking for a new contract. He would prefer to stay with the 49ers and for now says he won’t request a trade. “I hope it gets done and I hope I can get something fair” ... Green Bay won the Super Bowl last season despite a boatload of injuries. With most of the formerly hurt players back, cuts need to be made and tight end Spencer Hayner, wide receiver Brett Swain and tackle Theo Sherman were first to go ... Chicago tight end Desmond Clark was carted off on Saturday, but tweeted that he is not seriously injured ... Cleveland receiver Mohamed Massaquoi practised for the first time — though in a non-contact drill — on Sunday. He had reported to camp with a mysterious foot injury that forced him to wear a cast. Carlton Mitchell also returned to practice after beng out two weeks ... Byron Leftwich broke his left arm on Saturday and according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will probably miss the entire season. He was supposed to be Roethlisberger’s backup. Only Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch remain behind Roethlisberger ... Atlanta’s Matt Ryan attempted 42 passes in one half. We’ll say that again — 42! He completed 22 of them and sat the second half. According to profootballtalk.com, Peyton Manning’s 30 attempts were the most in a first half last season ... Sure they were playing Jacksonville and it was the pre-season, but the Bills looked mighty good on Saturday. Ryan Fitzpatrick converted 11-of-12 passes, Fred Jackson was solid again and receiver Marcus Easley made an impression ... Hurricane Irene appears to have left Metlife Stadium alone. The Jets-Giants stadium was in “good shape,” according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Monday’s Giants-Jets game is expected to go as scheduled. The Giants will rest their starters when they close the pre-season in New England on Thursday.


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