Foster tweets MRI: Texans running back Arian Foster updated fans on his balky hamstring by posting a picture of his MRI on Twitter and joking that doctors referred to the injured portions as “anti-awesomeness.” Since tweaking the hamstring in Saturday’s game against the 49ers, Foster has been limited to light jogging in practice and will be held out of Houston’s preseason finale against Minnesota on Thursday. Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters recently that the team is concerned about the injury, but added on Tuesday that he feels Foster’s rehab is “heading in the right direction.” It’s a situation that fantasy owners will want to keep a close eye on, since losing your top running back is the fantasy version of anti-awesomeness. If you have the chance to add Derrick Ward to your roster, it would be a good idea in case Foster isn’t ready to go in Week 1.
Jennings on crutches: With Maurice Jones-Drew set to test his surgically repaired knee in Jacksonville’s preseason finale, the Jaguars may have another knee injury to contend with in their backfield. Backup Rashad Jennings was seen at practice Tuesday on crutches after suffering a sprain in last week’s game against Buffalo. The team hasn’t made any statements about the seriousness of the injury, but if Jennings can’t go, Deji Karim would move to second on the depth chart. Jennings was a popular handcuff in many leagues and had the potential to be a sleeper if Jones-Drew’s knee wasn’t totally ready to go. As a rookie in 2010, Karim only had 35 carries for 160 yards and hadn’t done much so far this preseason before suffering a concussion. With DuJuan Harris and Richard Murphy fighting for a roster spot and outperforming Karim in 2011, there’s not much to like in the Jags’ backfield for fantasy owners if MJD and Jennings are unproductive.
Benson serving sentence early: Bengals running back Cedric Benson has had a change of plans, choosing to begin serving a 20-day jail sentence late Tuesday evening instead of during the team’s bye week, as originally thought. Benson, who pleaded no contest to a pair of misdemeanor assault charges in Texas, could serve just seven days with credit for good behavior. That means that he would be released on either Sept. 5 or 6 — just in time to begin preparations for the season opener against the Browns.