The problem is Houston ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing last season, and it was Foster, an undrafted second-year back, who shredded the Colts for 231 yards. He set a single-game Texans record and broke Barry Sanders‘ previous record for most yards rushing against the Colts by producing the best opening-day rushing total since O.J. Simpson ran for 250 yards against New England in 1973.
“Right after the game, every one of us wanted to get back and look at the film,” Session said. “We said ‘We want to see what we were doing wrong.’ Look, we didn’t play like we should have played and we got our butts kicked.”
The Colts’ defense wasn’t the only side getting beaten up.
Indy’s offensive line, which traditionally is one of the league’s best in pass protection, also struggled to keep four-time league MVP Peyton Manning upright.
He was sacked twice and repeatedly knocked to the ground. The Colts called shorter, quicker passes in the second half to keep Manning from taking hits, and he wore a sleeve around his left elbow _ something he didn’t wear in the first half. Caldwell said he believed the extra padding was intended to keep Manning’s non-throwing arm “warm” despite having the roof closed on a hot day in Houston.
Indy also is awaiting results from an MRI on Bob Sanders’ right elbow.
Sanders, the league’s 2007 defensive player of the year, was injured on the Texans’ first offensive series when a pass was deflected by Bethea into Sanders‘ face mask. Sanders left his feet and landed awkwardly on his arm. He missed all but two games last season with knee and biceps injuries and all but six games in 2008 with other injuries. He’s now played in 48 career games and missed 49 _ a number that could increase if the elbow injury is season-ending.
“Well, that’s all speculation right now,” Caldwell said. “He has an MRI sometime today, he has not had it as of yet. There will be some type of prognosis as that time.”
Sanders did limited work at Monday’s light workout while reporters were present.
Receiver Anthony Gonzalez also left the game early with an undisclosed ankle injury, and Caldwell gave no updated prognosis on Gonzalez, either.
But the more immediate concern is figuring out how to keep Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs in check when the Giants visit Sunday.
“When you lose a game, especially the way we lost, you want to get back out there and prove yourselves,” defensive captain Gary Brackett said. “We’re not proud of what went on, but we’ve got to get better and we’ve got to get better fast.”