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Arian Foster out for Giants game

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, left, carries

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, left, carries the ball past Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Sio Moore in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Credit: AP / Ben Margot

For the second week in a row a Giants opponent will be without a key offensive performer due to a gameday scratch.

Texans running back Arian Foster was declared out of today’s game at MetLife Stadium. He had been listed as questionable and was limited in practices this week with a hamstring injury. He was on the field testing the injury during pregame warmups.

The Texans are a team that runs the ball a league-high 65 percent of the time and they rely on Foster to carry the bulk of that workload. Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said this week that it would be the first, second and third focus of his unit to stop Foster and the running game.

This of course does not mean an automatic win for the Giants. Last week Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was a gameday scratch with a shoulder injury. He was replaced by backup Drew Stanton, who had not played in an NFL game since 2010. The Cardinals beat the Giants.

Rookie Alfred Blue and veterans Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown will be the available running backs for the Texans. The rest of their inactives include T Jeff Adams, LB Jadeveon Clowney, S Shiloh Keo, NT Louis Nix, WR DeVier Posey and QB Tom Savage.

The Giants’ gameday inactive list includes LB Jon Beason (foot, LB Devon Kennard (hamstring) and WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) who had already been ruled out along with T Charles Brown, DE Kerry Wynn, T James Brewer and DT Jay Bromley.

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