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O'Brien can smile after win, healthier team outlook

HOUSTON (AP) - A win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers isn't the only thing Texans coach Bill O'Brien is upbeat about.

The team is close to being at full strength ahead of Week 4's matchup with the Falcons.

Running back Arian Foster, tackle Duane Brown and guard Brandon Brooks are hopeful to play Sunday.

O'Brien said Monday that running Foster (groin) is close to returning, adding: "I don't know that answer today."

The Texans have split Foster's carries by committee with the star tailback out. Alfred Blue had a breakout game against Tampa Bay on Sunday with 31 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown. Blue only had 14 carries for 48 yards through the first two weeks of the season.

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