Arian Foster missed Houston’s romp over Indianapolis with a troublesome hamstring but it sounds like the 2010 rushing leader will suit up in Miami. After Friday’s practice, Texas coach Gary Kubiak said his starter “looks ready to play” and will play as long as there are no setbacks before Sunday. Derrick Ward, who started last week, is out with an ankle injury, but Ben Tate (116 yards, TD), should still get a few carries to help ease Foster back.
Foster leads a group of banged up running backs who may be gametime decisions.
• Steven Jackson (quadriceps) — All week it appeared the always-dinged up Jackson would be held out of Monday night’s game against the Giants. But with an extra day of rest, the Rams haven’t ruled Jackson out just yet. Jackson had a pool therapy session during practice Thursday after which he said he has “an outside chance to be able to go.” Advice: Don’t wait until Monday night only to find out that he can’t go (unless you have Cadillac Williams as a handcuff).
• Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) — The third-year back managed just 2.8 yards per carry on eight attempts against Oakland, but a matchup with the Bengals would seem like a prime opportunity to get his game on track. Moreno missed practice Friday, making it increasingly unlikely that he can go. If he’s out, Willis McGahee will get the start, but who knows if the 29-year-old can produce in Moreno’s absence. Advice: If Moreno is out, look for a better option than McGahee, who may get you a touchdown, but likely won’t crack 50 or 60 yards unless the Broncos get up big early.
• Hakeem Nicks (knee) — An already depleted Giants receiving corps took another hit Sunday when its top wideout suffered a bone bruise on his left knee. But Nicks is now saying he expects to play Monday night, which would be a welcome relief to Eli Manning, who appears to need all the help he can get right about now. Advice: If Nicks plays, you start him. Mario Manningham makes a good play as well, and if Nicks ends up sitting, Manningham becomes a significantly more attractive play.
• Brandon Lloyd (groin) — Yet another injury concern for the Broncos and embattled quarterback Kyle Orton (Seriously, Broncos fans? You think Tim Tebow can do better?). Lloyd was back at practice Friday and with coach John Fox’s ‘practice before you play’ policy, this is a good sign for Lloyd owners. The 2010 Pro Bowl receiver ran routes and caught passes. Advice: It’s a decent matchup against the Bengals and we know Lloyd is Orton’s favorite target. If he’s a go, you could do a lot worse.
• Roy Williams (groin) — He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with the injury he suffered late in Sunday’s rout of Atlanta. Williams seems to think he could still play and be productive — citing his days in Detroit — but do we really care? Unless you’re in a deep league, you likely have a better alternative. Advice: Sit him.
Others: Michael Crabtree (foot): sit.
• Sam Bradford (finger) — What initially sounded like an injury that could keep him out for a couple weeks turned out to be far less serious. Bradford has been wearing a special glove that increases blood flow and reduces swelling. Bradford declared his finger “10 times better” and with the extra day to rest for Monday night’s matchup in New York, it looks like he’s good to go. Advice: If Bradford is your starting QB, go ahead and use him against the Giants’ suspect secondary.
• Andy Dalton (forearm) — A bruised forearm forced him to use his other hand for handoffs in practice earlier this week, but the rookie came back for a full day of practice Thursday. He looks like a go, which might actually make you more inclined to bench your Bengals receivers than you would be if Bruce Gradkowsi got the not. Advice: You’re not starting him anyway.