ORLANDO, Fla. — Former Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster turned 30 on Wednesday. That usually is an age when players at his position go downhill fast in the NFL.
However, Foster celebrated his birthday by turning back the clock Thursday night and showing the Miami Dolphins — his new team — that he still has more to offer. Foster looked impressive in limited snaps with 30 total yards (10 rushing, 20 receiving), which included a 2-yard touchdown run and a fourth-down reception to move the chains.
Who got hurt: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had a monster first quarter with four tackles. But he suffered an ankle injury and didn’t return. Starting linebacker Jelani Jenkins also suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter, and running back Isaiah Pead injured his hamstring in the third quarter. Backup defensive ends Terrence Fede (knee) and Chris McCain (shoulder) also were injured.
“It’s just a journey,” Michael said. “Being drafted here so high and then going to Dallas and then Redskins and then back here, it’s just an opportunity. It’s just a blessing to even be back here. Most guys, you get rid of them, and they go out of the NFL. But they gave me an opportunity to come back, and I’m just trying to make the best of it. I’m trying not to let these guys down.”
Pete Carroll was asked if he’s ever seen a player show a more dramatic turnaround than Michael.
“This is a really dramatic one,” Carroll said. “He had to go somewhere else. He had to get cut. He had to get released from the practice squad. We were fortunate to get him back, and he comes back with all of the lessons at hand that you could learn, and he learned them.
“He’s turned it around, and it’s a beautiful turnaround for him and for us. I’m thrilled for the kid. He’s playing so confidently right now.”
The Ravens must get down to 53 players by Sept. 3. In terms of wide receiver, there are five players who have earned a spot: Steve Smith Sr., Mike Wallace, Kamar Aiken, Breshad Perriman, and Chris Moore.
This means Reynolds, Campanaro, Jeremy Butler, and Chris Matthews are fighting for one spot or possibly two openings. Reynolds has looked like a practice squad candidate (if he clears waivers) by his slow development as a receiver and return man. What Reynolds has working for him is his versatility.
“As I’ve described before, our returners need to be able to do something more than just be a returner, and he really demonstrated that the other night,” Rosburg said. “He’s improving in his catching skills. You know he can run the ball when he has it, so he continues to develop. Positive progress.”
And most of the time he ends up talking about Goff anyway.
“I’m still batting a thousand,” Keenum said. “Every interview has had Jared Goff come up. I don’t know if that will ever stop. That’s the situation. When I step on the football field, though, all of that goes away.”
Stepping onto the field has become the only time Keenum is actually treated like a starting quarterback. It’ll happen again in Denver on Saturday, when the Los Angeles Rams take on the reigning-champion Denver Broncos at 9 pm ET. Keenum will start and will probably play three or four series. Goff will take over thereafter, taking a handful of snaps with members of the first-team offense before the rest of the backups come in.