Three and out: Texans’ Foster expected to play Week 1

Foster to be ready for opener: After last week’s hullabaloo surrounding Arian Foster’s hamstring and tweeted MRI photos, it appears that Foster’s lack of concern had merit. According to the Houston Chronicle, the injury was merely a re-aggravation of last season’s hamstring issue and Foster should be ready to go for the Texans regular season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. That news will come as a relief for fantasy owners who have already drafted last year’s breakout fantasy sensation. It also means that for owners yet to draft, Foster remains a safe option near the top of the first round.

Collie doubtful for opener: While most of Indianapolis has been focused on Peyton Manning’s neck, the Colts have to deal with the possibility that they could also be missing receiver Austin Collie in the opener against the Texans. The Indianapolis Star wonders if the third-year receiver is going to be available for Sunday because of his lingering foot injury. Collie didn’t practice with the team last week and the Colts have been quiet about Collie’s status. His fantasy worth was certainly downgraded with the prospect of Manning missing time, but if his own injury issues resurface, fantasy owners will be better off leaving Collie on the waiver wire.

Broncos’ Thomas working his way back: Speaking of waiver wires, that is most likely where you’ll be able to find Broncos’ receiver Demaryius Thomas. But with word that the second-year receiver is back on the field after ankle injuries last season, he may be worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues. Denver’s receiving corps has very little depth beyond Brandon Lloyd and could leave an opening for Thomas to get some targets from Kyle Orton. Before suffering the injury last November, Thomas had caught 22 balls for 283 yards and two touchdowns. Compare that to Matthew Willis and Eric Decker (currently N0s. 3 and 4 on the depth chart, respectively), who have a combined eight career receptions, and it’s not hard to imagine that Thomas will usurp one of those spots before long.

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