Foster expected to play against Miami

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

September 16, 2011 12:27:43 PM PDT
Houston coach Gary Kubiak expects running back Arian Foster to play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Foster returned to practice this week after missing the season opener because of a left hamstring injury. Kubiak says Foster "looks ready to play."

Foster, who ran for 1,616 yards last season to lead the league, has been bothered with the injury for a month.

While Foster should return Sunday, the Texans will be without running back Derrick Ward who is out with a sprained right ankle. Receiver Kevin Walter remained out of practice Friday with an injured left shoulder and Kubiak says he will be a game time decision.