Foster says surgery wasn’t ‘major’: Now that Arian Foster has been medically cleared to return to action, the Texans running back has taken to telling reporters that his back surgery “wasn’t as major as it sounded.” While it doesn’t have quite the ring of “anti-awesome”, it’s potentially good news for the man who was among the best of the fantasy backs for the past several seasons. The only caveat is that back injuries can be tricky things and Foster has had a growing litany of physical issues in the past few years. It’s certainly the reason Houston signed Andre Brown as a replacement for Ben Tate. Look for Foster’s load to lighten in 2014. Wary fantasy owners should target him somewhere early in the second round.
Finley to have MRI soon: Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley is hoping to get one step closer to a return to the field when he has an MRI on his surgically-repaired neck within the next two weeks. The results of the test will have a definite impact on how much interest he draws from teams around the league. If Finley is able to get back on the field, he’ll draw interest as a low-end TE1 in most fantasy circles. But if you’re thinking about drafting him, take care to find a decent backup option as well.
Holmes could sign after draft: Since being released by the Jets, Santonio Holmes has had a tough time finding work. The latest in the veteran’s employment search has him likely signing with a team after the NFL Draft. It’s not a major surprise. There are a number of talented receivers in this year’s draft class, so teams are likely to look there for help before turning to an older player who’s come with increased headaches and decreased production in recent seasons. It will be hard for Holmes to have any significant fantasy value in the upcoming season.
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