Painful day for RBs Foster, McFadden, Sproles
Arian Foster, Darren McFadden and Darren Sproles all went down with
injuries on a painful day for some of the NFL's most versatile running
After missing practice during the week with a hamstring injury, Foster
started for the Houston Texans on Sunday night but quickly injured his
back and was ruled out for the rest of the game against Indianapolis.
Foster played on Houston's first series, but did not have a carry. He
soon left the field and was taken to the locker room.
A blowout loss was extra painful for the Oakland Raiders because of
injuries to a pair of top players on offense.
McFadden left with a hamstring injury early in the second quarter of a
49-20 defeat against Philadelphia, and quarterback Terrelle Pryor came
out in the fourth with a knee problem that he does not believe is
The injury-prone McFadden had five carries for 12 yards and one catch
for three yards before re-aggravating a hamstring that kept him out of
one game already this season.
New Orleans also lost a slippery back when Sproles left a 26-20 loss to
the New York Jets with a concussion and didn't return.
Sproles headed to the locker room early in the first quarter, and the
Saints announced he was out for the rest of the game shortly before
It was unclear when the injury occurred, but Sproles had a 2-yard catch
and was hit hard by Antonio Allen before leaving. He was replaced by
Travaris Cadet on kickoff returns and Lance Moore on punt returns.
"What it does is it eliminates a handful of your plan that he's going
to be involved in," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "You just have to
quickly be able to say, 'All right, here's what we're going to get to,
and here's how much we'd like to do with Cadet that we might normally
have done with Darren.'"
A key player on New York's offense went down as well: Leading receiver
Jeremy Kerley was knocked out of the game with an elbow injury in the
Allen left in the third quarter with a possible head injury, and
linebacker Garrett McIntyre also didn't return after leaving with a
knee injury. Jets linebacker Calvin Pace left the game late, but said
he was just "banged up" and was fine.
Cleveland quarterback Jason Campbell briefly left in the first half
with a rib injury before returning to lead the Browns past Baltimore
Seattle center Max Unger left in the fourth quarter with a concussion,
but the Seahawks rallied to beat winless Tampa Bay 27-24 in overtime.
Buffalo has more injuries to contend with on offense after rookie
receiver Robert Woods hurt his lower left leg during a 23-13 loss to
unbeaten Kansas City.
Bills coach Doug Marrone had no definitive update on Woods' status
following the game except to say tests were negative. The second-round
pick was hurt late in the third quarter when he dived for a pass and
tumbled into the right sideline.
Woods had difficulty putting any weight on his leg while being escorted
to the locker room.
Fellow rookie receiver Marquise Goodwin did not return after hurting
his hamstring late in the game.
Buffalo is already down two quarterbacks, rookie starter E.J. Manuel
(sprained right knee) and backup Thad Lewis (bruised ribs).
Raiders right tackle Matt McCants injured his foot and was replaced by
rookie Menelik Watson in his first action of the season.
Carolina lost starting right guard Chris Scott and backup Jeff Byers to
injuries, forcing the Panthers to use former defensive tackle Nate Chandler at that spot during a 34-10 win over Atlanta.
Three Patriots players didn't return after being injured in New
England's 55-31 win over Pittsburgh — defensive end Rob Ninkovich
(foot), safety Steve Gregory (thumb) and wide receiver Austin Collie
(knee). The team provided no update on their conditions. For the
Steelers, linebacker Vince Williams and cornerback Ike Taylor sustained
concussions and right tackle Marcus Gilbert had an ankle injury.
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