Texans RB Arian Foster feels 'wonderful' but not 100 percent yet

HOUSTON -- As the Houston Texans look to reverse their winless start, they got a better feel about two of their most important offensive players.

Running back Arian Foster said he feels "wonderful," though not yet 100 percent, and receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been progressing well as he goes through the concussion protocol.

"I've been pretty much able to do anything," Foster said. "I don't feel like it's 100 yet, but it feels good. ... Whenever I come back I make sure I'm able to carry the load. If I'm out there, I'm out there to be of use as usual. No timetable. I'm gonna make sure that it's 100 so I'm not jeopardizing my teammates or myself."

Foster missed the Texans' first two games as he recovered from a groin injury suffered Aug.3. He had surgery to repair the tear Aug. 7. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday he didn't think Foster would play in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

O'Brien also got some good news about Hopkins, who has missed this week's practices.

"I was told today that he looked pretty good so we'll see how it is tomorrow," O'Brien said. "But again, he has to pass the concussion test in order to play."

O'Brien said Hopkins was on the practice field Thursday, a good sign for a player recovering from a concussion.

The Texans also are waiting on the availability of Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown. Brown missed both Wednesday and Thursday's practices with a broken right thumb.

He initially suffered the injury during training camp, but played in Week 1 anyway. During the game he aggravated the injury and hasn't been able to play since.