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  Titans | Bishop Sankey's footwork shaky    Tue Sep 23, 08:19 AM

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey's footwork is still an issue of concern to head coach Ken Whisenhunt, despite Sankey's 10-carry, 60-yard performance in Week 3.

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  Cardinals | Marion Grice signed    Tue Sep 23, 06:17 AM

The Arizona Cardinals signed RB Marion Grice to a two-year contract Monday, Sept. 22, financial terms of which were not disclosed. Grice had been on the San Diego Chargers' practice squad.

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  Steelers | Slimmer Le'Veon Bell running well    Mon Sep 22, 11:19 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell lost 20 pounds in the offseason, and he credits better conditioning for allowing him to make explosive plays like his 81-yard run in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers.

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  Broncos | Montee Ball working on run game     Mon Sep 22, 10:33 PM

Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball is averaging 3.4 yards per carry this season, and the team is averaging almost 42 fewer rushing yards per game than a year ago. Ball said Monday, Sept. 22, that the team will focus on fixing the run game heading into the bye week. 'Right now, we need a lot of work on it,' Ball said. 'It starts up front, starts with the tight ends, and with the running backs too. Collectively, we all need to sit down and focus on it, and I believe we will.'

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  Dolphins | Marcus Thigpen signed     Mon Sep 22, 09:32 PM

The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent RB Marcus Thigpen (Patriots) to the team's practice squad, Monday, Sept. 22.

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  Packers | Eddie Lacy called out by coach    Mon Sep 22, 08:46 PM

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy was criticized by head coach Mike McCarthy during a press conference Monday, Sept. 22, for missing opportunities to reach the second level on runs during the team's Week 3 game. 'Eddie needs to play better,' McCarthy said. 'I'm not going to do this anymore. I don't correct individuals in the media. We've seen the film, corrections have been made, our running game wasn't nearly what it needed to be. Not even close.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to be on alert here. Lacy is struggling to impress, and we could see the team turn to James Starks if Lacy continues to disappoint. The entire offense should be able to have a bounce-back week against a bad Bears defense in Week 4.

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  Redskins | Alfred Morris takes part in practice    Mon Sep 22, 06:41 PM

Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris (knee) fully participated in practice Monday, Sept. 22. The team participated in a jog-through Monday.

Footballguys view: Morris was a bit banged up while pass-blocking in Week 3. He's a low-end RB1 against the Giants in Week 4 on Thursday night.

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  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles to return to practice    Mon Sep 22, 06:05 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) will 'most likely' return to practice this week after sitting out in Week 3, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kansas City has an extra day off this week while preparing for their Week 4 matchup against the New England Patriots Monday, Sept. 29.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to monitor this situation closely. If Charles can practice later in the week, the chances are good that he'll play in Week 4. Charles practiced on a limited basis on both Thursday and Friday last week, but he did not play.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead to take things slow    Mon Sep 22, 05:46 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (leg) planned to be ready for full workouts in around 12 weeks but will take things slow since his season is over.

Footballguys view: A gut punch for the Chargers here. Losing a player who cannot be replaced easily will hurt the different looks the offense has with Woodhead.

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  Browns | Ben Tate may not start upon return    Mon Sep 22, 05:20 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate may not regain his starting job when he returns from his injury because RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have performed well, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine said the team is eager to have Tate back on the field.

Footballguys view: Should anyone be surprised by this? Tate is one of the most injury prone players in the league, and he's been outplayed by both West and Crowell. It will be interesting to see how things shake out with this trio of backs when Tate is ready to go.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead going on IR    Mon Sep 22, 04:52 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (leg) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list after he suffered a broken fibula during the team's Week 3 game.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin returns to practice    Mon Sep 22, 03:10 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) returned to practice Monday, Sept. 22. He did not play Week 3 with a knee injury.

Footballguys view: The Bucs had a short week last week as they "played" against the Falcons on Thursday night in Week 3. We could see Martin on the field this week, but he'll be splitting time with Bobby Rainey. That makes both RB3/flex plays going forward.

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  Panthers | Mike Tolbert has fracture    Mon Sep 22, 03:01 PM

Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert (leg) has a hairline fracture in his leg. The timetable for his return is unknown.

Footballguys view: The Panthers have enough problems on the ground game without this injury. We could see guys like Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves get more playing time with all these injuries in the Panthers backfield.

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  Panthers | Jonathan Stewart likely to miss Week 4    Mon Sep 22, 02:41 PM

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) could very well miss Week 4 with a severely sprained right knee. Stewart will not practice until Friday, Sept. 26 this week, which usually means a player isn't expected to play the following game.

Footballguys view: More bad news for the Panthers backfield. Mike Tolbert and DeAngelo Williams are both dealing with injuries as well. This means the Panthers could be down to guys like Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves. It's bad news for a banged up Cam Newton.

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  Chargers | Donald Brown can't find running room    Mon Sep 22, 02:21 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown rushed for seven yards on 15 carries in the second half against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. Seven of Brown's carries went for zero yards or were negative plays.

Footballguys view: Brown got a hefty workload because Ryan Mathews missed the game, and Danny Woodhead got banged up against the Bills. Moving forward, Brown will continue to be the lead back for the Chargers. Woodhead may need season-ending surgery on his ankle, and Mathews isn't due back for another few weeks.

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  49ers | Frank Gore not happy with offense    Mon Sep 22, 01:43 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore wasn't pleased with the offensive game plan in which they unleashed five-receiver sets against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 because of a lack of healthy tight ends. The receiver-heavy look didn't feature a running back, and the Niners went with a no-huddle offense. QB Colin Kaepernick's 78.4 completion percentage (29-for-37) was his best as a starter. Gore had just one carry in the second half and finished with six rushes for just 10 yards. RB Carlos Hyde had three carries for 13 yards.

Footballguys view: Gore shouldn't be happy....49ers fans shouldn't be happy...this offense has many things to work on. They need a quarterback who makes better decisions with the football, and they need a stronger commitment to the ground game. Things are out of sorts right now with the 49ers, we'll see if they can get things fixed as the year goes on. Fantasy owners need to realize that Gore is trending down, and rookie Carlos Hyde is trending up.

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  Panthers | DeAngelo Williams may return    Mon Sep 22, 01:40 PM

The Carolina Panthers are hoping RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) will be able to participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Footballguys view: The team needs him to return in a bad way. Both Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are banged up, and we could see more from Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves with so many running back injuries in Carolina.

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  Panthers | Jonathan Stewart's status uncertain    Mon Sep 22, 01:35 PM

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) will not be able to practice until Friday, Sept. 26, at the earliest.

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  Panthers | Mike Tolbert to miss Week 4    Mon Sep 22, 01:33 PM

Carolina Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (leg) will not play Week 4 because of a leg injury. He is considered week-to-week at this point.

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  Texans | Arian Foster day-to-day    Mon Sep 22, 01:24 PM

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) is considered day-to-day with his hamstring injury.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners were scrambling to replace Foster on Sunday. We'll see if he can practice later in the week in order to be ready for the Week 4 game against the Bills.

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  Panthers | Mike Tolbert heading for MRI    Mon Sep 22, 12:55 PM

Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert (leg) will undergo an MRI exam Monday, Sept. 22, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

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  Panthers | Jonathan Stewart to have MRI     Mon Sep 22, 12:53 PM

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) will undergo an MRI exam Monday, Sept. 22, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

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  49ers | Frank Gore's role dwindling    Mon Sep 22, 11:28 AM

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore had just 10 yards on six carries Sunday, Sept. 21. He received 16 carries in Week 1 and 13 carries in Week 2.

Footballguys view: This 49ers team has a strong rookie runner in Carlos Hyde behind Gore. Hyde was getting high-value snaps in the Week 3 game against the Cardinals. He scored his second touchdown on the year against Arizona, and we could see Hyde's role start to grow in the coming weeks. Fantasy owners need to monitor this situation closely.

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  Redskins | WAS defense contained LeSean McCoy    Mon Sep 22, 09:55 AM

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy was held in check by the Washington Redskins' big nickel package and base defensive front Sunday, Sept. 21. He was rarely able to bounce outside and averaged 1.1 yards per carry in Week 3.

Footballguys view: McCoy was a disappointing starter for his fantasy owners this week. Expect the Eagles to work hard to find ways to jumpstart McCoy going forward.

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  Packers | Eddie Lacy struggling    Mon Sep 22, 09:05 AM

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy had five of 11 carries Sunday, Sept. 21, go for no gain or negative yardage. Lacy acknowledged defenses may know how to contain him with a year's worth of tape on him now. 'That could be it,' Lacy said. 'But no matter what it is, it's still my job. I'm still supposed to be able to run the ball in and make sure - not every run is going to be 10 yards - but make sure we get something positive.'

Footballguys view: Lacy needs to hang onto the rock, and he needs to run with more determination. The Packers offense flows through the passing game, and the running game is more of a complementary feature. We'll see if Lacy can find ways to run better in the coming weeks. If not, James Starks could get some more playing time.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver may see more time    Mon Sep 22, 05:47 AM

With injuries to both RB Ryan Mathews (knee) and Danny Woodhead (ankle/leg), RB Branden Oliver could see more playing time going forward with the San Diego Chargers.

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  Ravens | Deonte Thompson could return    Mon Sep 22, 05:43 AM

The Baltimore Ravens waived WR Deonte Thompson on Saturday, Sept. 20 in order to promote RB Fitzgerald Toussaint from the practice squad, but Thompson could stick with the team after all. The club would like to bring him back as long as he clears waivers.

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  Bengals | Two likely back after bye    Sun Sep 21, 10:57 PM

Cincinnati Bengals RB Rex Burkhead (knee) and LB Sean Porter (hamstring) are likely to be healthy enough to return after the team's bye in Week 4, head coach Marvin Lewis said Sunday, Sept. 21.

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  Panthers | Jonathan Stewart has knee bruise    Sun Sep 21, 10:39 PM

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) returned from the locker room in the third quarter, and he has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion. He is questionable to return.

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  Panthers | Jonathan Stewart limps off    Sun Sep 21, 10:36 PM

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (leg) suffered an apparent lower leg injury in the third quarter of the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was able to limp off under his own power.

Footballguys view: The Panthers might be looking at practice squad call up Darrin Reaves to do more work against the Ravens next week. They also signed Lache Seastrunk to the practice squad, so he coudl figure into this offense eventually.

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  Vikings | AP wants to resolve case swiftly    Sun Sep 21, 09:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants his representation to accelerate his trial date for child-abuse charges, with the goal of getting it set for 2014, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The broader goal will be to resolve the charges in time for Peterson to return to action for the Vikings this year. He would need to resolve the charges in a way that doesn't expose him to a potential suspension without pay under the personal-conduct policy.

Footballguys view: Peterson could still play again this year. If you have long benches, he's certainly worth a spot if his alleged crimes don't turn you off from rooting for him.

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  Jaguars | Toby Gerhart mostly ineffective    Sun Sep 21, 08:27 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (ankle) was able to play in the Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Gerhart posted 32 rushing yards on nine runs, and he added 31 yards on two catches.

Footballguys view: Don't drop Gerhart just yet. Blake Bortles could invigorate this flaccid attack. Let's see how things go next week vs. the Chargers. Gerhart has also been playing through what our Dr. Jene Bramel thinks was a high ankle sprain.

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  Cardinals | Andre Ellington totals 75 yards    Sun Sep 21, 08:11 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) carried 18 times for 62 yards in the Week 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers, and he added three receptions for 13 yards.

Footballguys view: Ellington has very little competition for carries now, and he'll get a week of rest in the bye to come out as healthy as he has been all season. The Cardinals being 3-0 also helps heal a lot.

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  Panthers | Week 3 Inactives    Sun Sep 21, 07:52 PM

The Carolina Panthers have declared OG Andrew Norwell, OT David Foucault, RB DeAngelo Williams, RB Fozzy Whittaker, WR Jerricho Cotchery, QB Joe Webb, SS Tre Boston inactive for Week 3.

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  Steelers | Week 3 Inactives    Sun Sep 21, 07:43 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared CB B.W. Webb, DT Daniel McCullers, RB Dri Archer, QB Landry Jones, WR Martavis Bryant, OG Ramon Foster, OG Wesley Johnson inactive for Week 3.

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  Panthers | DeAngelo Williams inactive    Sun Sep 21, 07:22 PM

Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) is inactive for the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Footballguys view: Jonathan Stewart is a nice flex play with less competition for touches tonight against a mostly weak Steelers defense.

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  Ravens | Lorenzo Taliaferro has nice game    Sun Sep 21, 07:11 PM

Baltimore Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro carried a game-high 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns. He was subbing for the injured RB Bernard Pierce (thigh).

Footballguys view: Taliaferro found better holes to run through than the Ravens running game had created for Bernard Pierce, but he also hit them with a better burst. He is a good pickup on the chances that he retains or eventually regains this role, but he's not a good play against the Panthers next week.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead done for season?    Sun Sep 21, 06:19 PM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle, leg) suffered a severe high ankle sprain and fractured fibula in the Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills. A source said Sunday, Sept. 21, that season-ending surgery is likely.

Footballguys view: Woodhead was going to get increased opportunity with Ryan Mathews injury, but now Marion Grice is likely to get the call-up from the practice squad and some part of this backfield. Donald Brown will be the workhorse in a great matchup at Jacksonville this week.

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  Chargers | More tests for Danny Woodhead    Sun Sep 21, 05:41 PM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) will go for further tests Sunday, Sept. 21, night in San Diego, according to head coach Mike McCoy.

Footballguys view: Woodhead may need surgery, and it certainly looks like a multi-week absence for the Chargers all-purpose back. Look for Marion Grice to get called up from the practice squad.

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  Chargers | Donald Brown carries load    Sun Sep 21, 05:15 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown had a career-high 36 touches in the Week 3 win against the Buffalo Bills. He ran 31 times for 62 yards, and had five catches for 27 yards.

Footballguys view: With Danny Woodhead likely out for an extended period, Brown is set up for a huge day against the Jaguars next week.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon leaves game    Sun Sep 21, 05:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle, foot) left the Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints due to a right ankle or foot injury. He had his right ankle taped on the sidelines by a trainer, and was limited to two carries and two receptions on the afternoon.

Footballguys view: McKinnon was thought to have a chance to make an impression at New Orleans, but his injury denied him an extended shot. Practice squad call-up Joe Banyard is the other active RB, along with starter Matt Asiata.

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  Seahawks | Week 3 Inactives    Sun Sep 21, 03:10 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have declared OT Garry Gilliam, LB Bruce Irvin, OT Andrew McDonald, RB Christine Michael, WR Kevin Norwood, DE Greg Scruggs, CB Tharold Simon inactive for Week 3.

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  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles ruled out    Sun Sep 21, 03:04 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) has been declared inactive for Week 3.

Footballguys view: Knile Davis gets the start and he is a solid RB2 with RB1 upside.

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  Chiefs | Week 3 Inactives    Sun Sep 21, 02:59 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs have declared SS Eric Berry, RB Jamaal Charles, OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, QB Aaron Murray, DE Damion Square, RB De'Anthony Thomas, WR Albert Wilson inactive for Week 3.

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  Cardinals | Andre Ellington will play in Week 3    Sun Sep 21, 02:57 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) is active for the team's Week 3 game.

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  Dolphins | Week 3 Inactives    Sun Sep 21, 02:49 PM

The Miami Dolphins have declared DE Terrence Fede, LB Koa Misi, RB Knowshon Moreno, C Mike Pouncey, OG Shelley Smith, LB Jordan Tripp and OT Billy Turner inactive for Week 3.

Footballguys view: Lamar Miller gets the start at running back. Pouncey could be ready to go next week for an offensive line that sorely misses him.

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  Redskins | Alfred Morris suffers injury    Sun Sep 21, 02:17 PM

Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris (knee) suffered a knee injury during the team's Week 3 game but will be able to return to the game.

Footballguys view: Morris has been a mainstay of the offense, so his return was a relief to his owners and the team. Silas Redd and Roy Helu would likely share the backfield if this ends up being an issue during the practice week.

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  Eagles | LeSean McCoy returns    Sun Sep 21, 02:13 PM

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (head) has been able to return after missing time with a head injury.

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  Eagles | LeSean McCoy injury update    Sun Sep 21, 01:51 PM

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (head) is being examined for a head injury after leaving the team's Week 3 game. It is not known if McCoy will be able to return.

Footballguys view: McCoy has since returned to the game

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  Eagles | LeSean McCoy shaken up    Sun Sep 21, 01:43 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (undisclosed) was slow to get up after suffering an apparent helmet-to-helmet hit during the team's Week 3 game. He was able to walk off the field under his own power.

Footballguys view: McCoy wanted to come back, but the Eagles staff is going to run him through concussion protocol. He had a bad concussion that cost him four weeks in 2012, so the Eagles will proceed with caution.

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