Houston Texans running back Arian Foster likely will need surgery for a groin injury he suffered during the team's first fully padded training camp practice Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle, but he should be able to return during the course of the season.

Foster could be placed on short-term injured reserve, which would allow the Texans to bring him back to practices after Week 6 and into a game after Week 8.

Running back Alfred Blue took over some of Foster's first-team repetitions in his absence. Foster ranked sixth in the NFL last season with 1,246 rushing yards despite missing three games entirely and parts of three others because of injuries.

Transcript of Brady testimony released

The public now has more information to decide whether Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was truthful about deflated footballs.

The NFL Players Association released the 457-page transcript of his June testimony in the deflated balls controversy in a filing in New York federal court. In it, Brady denies tampering with footballs in the AFC Championship Game or telling anyone to do so.

His testimony occurred in an arbitration hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell last week decided to uphold a four-game suspension of Brady issued by a subordinate.

The league asked federal Judge Richard Berman last week to find that the NFL acted properly. Berman has ordered Brady and Goodell to appear before him next week. He has strongly urged they settle.

Brady was suspended after it was found that the Patriots had used deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game, in which New England beat Indianapolis 45-7.


Clay Matthews missed a second consecutive day of practice after coach Mike McCarthy said he was holding out the star Packers linebacker as a precaution because of knee soreness.

DeMarco Murray sat out team drills during the first day of practice Sunday because of poor hydration levels, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday. That ended the mystery of Murray's absence after the running back had said he did not know why the coaches held him back.

Mel Farr, a former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year who rushed for more than 3,000 yards in seven pro seasons with the Detroit Lions, died at age 70. Farr was drafted in 1967 in the first round by the Lions and ran for 860 yards in 13 games as a rookie. Farr spent his whole NFL career with Detroit, from 1967 to '73.

•Former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson is set to be the sixth player from Dallas' Super Bowl-winning teams of the 1990s to join the franchise's ring of honor. The team's career leader in tackles with 1,350 in 12 seasons, Woodson will be honored when Dallas plays Seattle on Nov. 1.