Texans linebacker Brian Cushing had 11 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. Cushing, who's been saddled with knee injuries the past three seasons, is leading the Texans with 32 tackles after four games. (Updated 10/05/2015)
Fellow running back Jonathan Grimes is out for the contest, while Chris Polk is listed as questionable, which leaves Foster and Alfred Blue as the team's healthiest backfield options heading into Week 5.
Foster recorded just 10 yards on eight carries to go along with three catches for 25 yards in his return to action this past Sunday, but Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle puts forth the highly plausible notion that Foster could have a dramatically increased role in Thursday's game.
Texans running back Jonathan Grimes (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Colts, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Meanwhile, fellow running back Chris Polk is listed as questionable for the contest, which leaves the Texans' top two backs, Arian Foster and Alfred Blue, as the healthiest components of the Week 5 backfield.
Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (hip, probable) will have a challenge in Week 4, trying to contain Atlanta's Julio Jones, who has caught 34 passes for 440 yards and five touchdowns through three games, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Joseph got off to a slow start this season and was beat for a long touchdown in Week 2 against Carolina before helping to contain Tampa Bay's wide receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson last week.
Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (chest) participated fully in Tuesday's practice, according to the Texans' official site.
Mallett will start Thursday's game against the Colts, but head coach Bill O'Brien doesn't want him throwing 50-plus passes a game, as he's done in two of his three starts. If Arian Foster is ready for a bigger role, look for the Texans to work the running game early and often Thursday.
Polk's status will be revisited as Thursday's kickoff approaches, but with Arian Foster back in action and likely in line to see more work in Week 5, Polk largely slots in as an option in deeper formats.
After spending 11 seasons with the Patriots, Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is ready to put pressure on his new teammates and coaches to raise their performance levels, according to the team's official website.
McCourty missed the first three weeks of the season after undergoing groin surgery during the preseason, but it appears as if he is good to go for Sunday's game against the Bills. He will likely fill-in at cornerback opposite of free-agent acquisition Perrish Cox.