Foster's 'anti-awesome' injury

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: 1:08 AM ET

TORONTO - Houston head coach Gary Kubiak sounded quite optimistic on Sunday that superstar running back Arian Foster’s injury was not overly concerning.

It seems that positivity might have been misplaced.

On Wednesday Foster, the NFL's rushing leader in 2010, posted a picture of an MRI of his hamstring on Twitter.

“This is an MRI of my hamstring. The white stuff surrounding the muscle is known in the medical world as anti-awesomeness,” he tweeted.

According to Dr. Michael Kaplan, an ESPN consultant, the MRI should keep Kubiak up at night.

“The MRI scan tweeted by Foster demonstrates considerable muscle damage with bleeding and swelling,” Kaplan said. “Treatment is conservative. Rest, physical therapy with stretching and ultrasound, and anti-inflammatory medicine will be employed. Foster will use a gradual strengthening program when he’s ready. A return to the field would not be expected before three to four weeks. Premature exertion risks re-tear and longer convalescence.”

So much for most likely playing in Week 1 which was what everybody took out of Kubiak’s comments the other day.

Foster will already have to deal with the departure via free agency of his favourite blocker, fullback Vonta Leach, and now he’ll be playing through concerns about his hamstring, no matter when he comes back.

Houston has high hopes for this season, but badly needs Foster to play at close to his 2010 form to do so.

Spoiled brat

Chris Johnson isn’t making many friends during his long holdout.

He doesn’t like what Tennessee is offering him and also doesn’t seem to like what some Titans fans are saying about him.

Johnson tweeted that: “Fake Titan fans” should shut up.

“I don’t have a regular job so don’t compare me to you and I can care less if uthink I’m greedy.”

Here we go. Professional athletes never come off looking good when they put down the folks who pay their salaries by pointing out how much better they have it.

The Tennessean reported Wednesday that Johnson’s agent and the Titans actually exchanged proposals and have made a bit of progress for the first time in weeks.

Quick hits

Unlike Johnson, Cleveland’s star running back Peyton Hillis has kept pretty quiet, despite believing he is underpaid. Hillis, due to make just $555,000 US this season could soon get a big raise. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns and Hillis’ agent have been talking ... Not a lot of progress has been made on HGH testing ... Alex Brown, the defensive end cut by New Orleans recently, says three teams, including the Chicago Bears, are considering signing him ... Laurence Maroney was acquitted of a misdemeanour marijuana charge and is hoping to sign with a team ... Bengals running back Cedric Benson has begun serving his 20-day jail term in Texas stemming from two misdemeanour assault cases ... Cincinnati re-signed tackle Andrew Whitworth to a two-year extension ... ... Atlanta Falcons centre Todd McClure has been ruled out for Week 1 after having surgery on his right knee. The Falcons have signed cornerback Kelvin Hayden. Hayden was a starter in Indianapolis ... St. Louis has signed wide receiver Mark Clayton ... According to csnbayarea.com, San Francisco got only a seventh-round pick back when Taylor Mays, the Niners’ second-round pick this year was traded to Cincinnati. Why? Apparently former head coach Mike Singletary liked Mays and Jim Harbaugh did not ... There’s a chance Barack Obama might interrupt the Green Bay-New Orleans opener with a presidential address.


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