Thursday’s injury roundup: Dalton OK to start

The latest injury reports are in as teams quickly approach Week 2 action. We’ve already touched on the status of several injured players, but here’s a roundup of those notables and more:

  • Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) is feeling “wonderful”, and coach Gary Kubiak is optimistic he’ll have his All-Pro in the backfield against the Dolphins.
  • Bears LB Brian Urlacher was back with the team Thursday, three days after the death of his mother. He’ll likely play against the Saints.
  • Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (calf) was held out of practice for a second consecutive day but said he’s “getting exponentially better every day” as the matchup with the Jets approaches.
  • Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd (groin), CB Champ Bailey (hamstring), DE Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and LB D.J. Williams (elbow) were held out of practice for the second day in a row.
  • Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) left practice early, but he’s expected to play against the Bills.
  • Titans safety Chris Hope (shoulder) missed a second consecutive practice, and coach Mike Munchak said whether or not the veteran plays against the Ravens will depend on how quickly his shoulder strengthens.
  • Giants DE Justin Tuck (neck) practiced in pads at almost 100 percent and expects to play Monday night against the Rams if he doesn’t suffer a setback.
  • Rams QB Sam Bradford (finger) told NFL Network’s Albert Breer that he was able to make all the throws he needed to in Thursday’s practice after being limited Wednesday.
  • Rams RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is likely out for Monday night’s game, but he remains optimistic he’ll get on the field against the Giants.

For the complete list of injuries, visit

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

— Dan Hanzus

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