Houston running back Arian Foster returned to practice Wednesday after missing the season opener because of a left hamstring injury.
Coach Gary Kubiak said Foster took the normal repetitions for a starter in the workout. "I guess the key probably is how he comes out of practice (Thursday)," Kubiak said. "Does he feel good? But everything was positive today at practice, so we'll see."
Foster was happy to get back on the field after dealing with the injury for so long.
"It felt good," he said. "It was pretty fluid, but you've got to ease along hamstring injuries, so I'm just going to take it day by day and see how I feel."
Foster, who ran for 1,616 yards last season to lead the league, has been bothered with the injury for a month.
Urlacher's mother dies
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has left the team following the death of his mother.
Urlacher's mother, Lavoyda, died unexpectedly at her home in Texas, the team said Wednesday in releasing a statement from their veteran leader.
"My first priority right now is to be with my family as we mourn her loss and make the arrangements to lay her to rest," Urlacher said. "This is a very difficult and emotional time for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy."
It wasn't clear whether Urlacher will be back in time for Sunday's game at New Orleans.
Retirees sue NFLPA
Twenty-eight former NFL players have filed a class-action federal lawsuit against the NFL Players Association, seeking at least $5 million in damages. They're alleging current players interfered with negotiations on the new collective bargaining agreement and kept money from the retirees.
Attorney Shawn Stuckey said Wednesday the group includes 25 Pro Football Hall of Famers and a player from every decade since the 1940s. Former Minnesota defensive end Carl Eller, an outspoken proponent of better retiree benefits, leads the list.
The suit filed in Minneapolis also names NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith, New England quarterback Tom Brady and former linebacker Mike Vrabel. Brady and Vrabel were plaintiffs on the antitrust lawsuit filed by the current players against the NFL in March before the lockout.
NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said the union had no comment.
Around the league
49ers: San Francisco receiver Braylon Edwards has filed a $14 million slander lawsuit, claiming allegations that he was directly involved in a fight at a suburban Detroit restaurant cost him a big guaranteed contract from another NFL team.
Edwards, a former standout at Michigan, makes the claims in a civil suit filed in Oakland County Circuit Court. It accuses the South restaurant and bar in Birmingham and three of its employees of slander, extortion and malicious prosecution.
Bills: Six straight losing seasons, a poor economy and the NFL lockout are being blamed for contributing to the Buffalo Bills' lowest season-ticket sales total in a decade.
Team CEO Russ Brandon confirmed the team has sold 37,555 season tickets prior to its home opener against Oakland this weekend. It is the lowest total since 2001, when the Bills sold just over 36,300 season tickets.
Cowboys: Receiver Dez Bryant missed practice Wednesday because of a bruised thigh, and the hopes of cornerback Terence Newman's return this week were still in doubt when he also didn't participate.
Bryant played through the bruised thigh and some cramping against the Jets.
There has been some optimism that Newman could return this week after being out since injuring his groin in training camp Aug. 3. "We're still hopeful. It's still a day-to-day situation with Terence," Coach Jason Garrett said after practice Wednesday.
Packers: Coach Mike McCarthy says defensive end Mike Neal will miss a "significant" amount of time after having surgery this week. Neal hurt his left knee during a non-contact drill in training camp. There's still hope for Neal to return this season. McCarthy doesn't think he'll go on injured reserve.
Saints: Coach Sean Payton says he hasn't bothered calling around to see if the Saints can find a receiver to fill in while Marques Colston recovers from his broken collar bone for about the next month.
Payton says the Saints like their depth at receiver and that Lance Moore, who missed the opener with a right groin pull, looked good in Wednesday's practice and appears likely to return this Sunday against Chicago.
The Saints still have a couple healthy and experienced receivers in Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem, who both had touchdown catches against Green Bay last week.