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  Eagles | Chris Polk underwent major shoulder surgery    Thu Apr 24, 05:35 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk's (shoulder) January surgery was a major procedure, but details remain unknown.

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  Bears | Work out Darius Reynaud    Thu Apr 24, 02:23 PM

The Chicago Bears worked out free-agent RB Darius Reynaud (Jets) Thursday, April 24.

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  Colts | Ahmad Bradshaw injury update    Thu Apr 24, 02:07 PM

Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) said he is feeling great six months after having surgery for a neck issue. 'I'm six months after surgery. I feel great,' Bradshaw said. 'Getting stronger. I'm just glad to be back here and be a part of this team.'

Footballguys view: No matter what they say publicly, the Colts can't feel all that great about Trent Richardson's chances. The former first round pick has not exactly done anything to instill confidence either. With the departure of Donald Brown, Bradshaw's health could be important. On the odd days he's healthy, Bradshaw can be a very effective back. The problem is he's always fighting some injury. He'd be a good and productive complimentary back with the upside for a little more. All of which means that the Colts backfield isn't doing much to excite fantasy owners.

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  Bengals | Visit with Terrance Cobb    Thu Apr 24, 01:54 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals visited with Cumberlands RB Terrance Cobb Thursday, April 24.

Footballguys view: Cobb is a very late round - perhaps even street free agent - running back. Teams will sometimes have players in to get a look at them knowing they might want to get an early bid in on a player the moment the draft is over.

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  Steelers | Visit with Jerick McKinnon     Thu Apr 24, 01:26 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers will visit with Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon Thursday, April 24.

Footballguys view: The Steelers are only looking for a little more depth and McKinnon, though he looks the part of a lead back, doesn't have all that much experience running between the tackles as he took most of his snaps as a spread-option quarterback or taking a pitch on the outside. So he's raw and will take a long time to reach his potential if he ever does.

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  CFL | Steve Slaton signs with Toronto    Thu Apr 24, 10:33 AM

The Toronto Argonauts signed free-agent RB Steve Slaton (Dolphins) to an undisclosed contract.

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  Colts | Trent Richardson thinks he tried too hard    Thu Apr 24, 09:12 AM

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson said after reviewing tape of the 2013 season he thinks he was trying to do too much. 'It's human. But you can't hit the home run. You have to set up your runs,' Richardson said. 'That's one thing, (because of) not having as much success as I've always had, you catch yourself saying, 'I gotta score, I gotta score.' '

Footballguys view: There's a lot of things holding Richardson back but is trying too hard one of them? Richardson has struggled since coming into the league and last year was brutal. He's right in that he needs to show more patience and set his runs up, follow his blockers. He will see some competition from Ahmad Bradshaw as well. The Colts will back Richardson again this season given the high price they paid for him, but he needs to turn things around and soon.

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  Lions | Mikel Leshoure sits out workout    Wed Apr 23, 04:43 PM

Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (undisclosed) did not participate during the media-access portion of the team's workout Wednesday, April 23. Leshoure did participate in the workouts Tuesday, April 22.

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  Saints | Coach says no decision on Mark Ingram's option    Wed Apr 23, 04:26 PM

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said the team has not made a final decision on whether to pick up the fifth-year option in RB Mark Ingram's contract and that they have more time before making a decision.

Footballguys view: The Saints would be foolish to spend money at the least essential position in free agency this year. Ingram might not even be better than 2013 UDFA Khiry Robinson.

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  Giants | David Wilson feels good    Wed Apr 23, 04:01 PM

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) said he is feeling good and is just waiting for the doctors to clear him to play again. Wilson said he is not experiencing any pain in his surgically repaired neck.

Footballguys view: Neck injuries are nothing to mess around with. We've seen several players (Sterling Sharpe, Eric Dickerson, Al Wilson, etc) have their careers cut short by neck injuries. The Giants will be careful with Wilson as he comes back from this injury.

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  Cowboys | Lance Dunbar taking part in workouts    Wed Apr 23, 03:22 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) has been participating in offseason workouts this week. He is expected to enter the 2014 season as the team's No. 2 running back.

Footballguys view: Demarco Murray was mostly healthy last year, so Dunbar's speculative value isn't as much as it would have been in recent years, but Dunbar showed great burst in limited work, and could have some short-lived relevance this year if Murray goes down.

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  Bears | Shaun Draughn signed    Wed Apr 23, 02:07 PM

The Chicago Bears have signed free-agent RB Shaun Draughn (Colts) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Jaguars | Toby Gerhart on top of depth chart    Wed Apr 23, 01:24 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said RB Toby Gerhart is on top of the running back depth chart at this time.

Footballguys view: This comes as no surprise. Jordan Todman will be the #2 back, but Gerhart is the lead back, and he has flashed the ability to be a solid #2 fantasy back with his newfound opportunity.

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  Buccaneers | Jeff Demps to focus on football    Wed Apr 23, 12:57 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeff Demps said he has put his track career on hold for now and will focus solely on football.

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  Bills | Three ERFAs re-signed    Wed Apr 23, 12:27 PM

The Buffalo Bills have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent FB Frank Summers, WR Chris Hogan, and OG Antoine McClain. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Ravens | Ray Rice looks great physically    Tue Apr 22, 04:34 PM

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice looks great physically, according to strength and conditioning coach Bob Roguck. 'He's doing some things differently as far as his diet and so forth, and he told me has a handle on it,' Rogucki said. 'Whatever he did from the end of the season until now, he's in a good position right now.'

Footballguys view: Rice is one of the biggest riddles of fantasy drafts this year, coming off of the worst season of his career and an offseason that saw him charged with a felony after a domestic violence incident involving his now wide, Janay Palmer. A non-contact hip injury and terrible offensive line could be to blame for his woes, but if Rice lost something he can't get back, Bernard Pierce may end up being the more valuable back in fantasy leagues this year. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak should also pep up the running game, as it is his specialty.

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  Saints | Mark Ingram unsure if option will be picked up    Tue Apr 22, 04:09 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he is unsure if the team will pick up his fifth-year option. Ingram said he is just taking it one day at a time.

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  Giants | David Wilson ahead of schedule    Tue Apr 22, 02:35 PM

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) said he is still waiting for a clear MRI to be medically cleared, but is currently ahead of schedule.

Footballguys view: Wilson is not being counted on to be a big contributor this year for the Giants, but he is talented enough to sidetrack their plans of making free agent signing Rashad Jennings a featured back if he can get back to full health. Wilson will be worth a late-round flier as long as he is on the field this summer.

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  Bills | Visit with Jerick McKinnon     Tue Apr 22, 02:23 PM

The Buffalo Bills visited with Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon Tuesday, April 22.

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  Saints | Unlikely to offer fifth-year option to Mark Ingram    Mon Apr 21, 06:55 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is unlikely to have his fifth-year contract option exercised. The team has until May 3, 2014 to make a decision on Ingram.

Footballguys view: Running back is the least valuable position in the NFL right now outside of maybe punter and kicker - and even some kickers got more than some big name running backs in free agency this year. 2013 UDFA Khiry Robinson might pass Ingram on the depth chart, although Ingram did run as well as he has in his entire career last year.

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  49ers | LaMichael James unlikely to report    Mon Apr 21, 03:34 PM

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James does not plan on participating in any of the offseason workouts and will work out on his own in Texas. The 49ers are reportedly looking to trade James.

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  Jets | No promises to Chris Johnson    Mon Apr 21, 02:38 PM

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said the team did not promise RB Chris Johnson a certain amount of carries when he signed with the Jets. Ryan said there are no set roles for any of the running backs at this point.

Footballguys view: Johnson and Chris Ivory will share the backfield, but the Jets love to run the ball, and Johnson should get the passing down work and work as a receiver out of the backfield that is crucial to PPR league value. He's worth a pick as an RB3/Flex with RB2 upside.

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  49ers | LaMichael James not at workouts    Mon Apr 21, 02:02 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James is training in Texas by himself and did not report for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 21.

Footballguys view: Miami and Philadelphia have been mentioned as possible trade partners. The 49ers would be lucky to recoup the sixth-round pick they spent to acquire Blaine Gabbert, as James has done little to nothing during his two years in the league.

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  Titans | Met with Jeremy Hill    Mon Apr 21, 01:25 PM

The Tennessee Titans have visited with Louisiana State RB Jeremy Hill.

Footballguys view: Hill is similar to current Titans starter Shonn Greene, but he arguably runs with more power and burst. Hill would probably go ahead of Greene in redraft leagues if he lands in redraft leagues.

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  Bengals | Jeremy Hill visiting    Mon Apr 21, 01:24 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals are visiting with Louisiana State RB Jeremy Hill Monday, April 21.

Footballguys view: New Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson loves the power running game, and the team can certainly upgrade from Benjarvus Green-Ellis as a "thunder" complement to Giovani Bernard in the mid-rounds of the draft. Hill would also fit the team's higher tolerance than some organizations on character risks.

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  Jets | More on Chris Johnson    Mon Apr 21, 10:35 AM

Updating previous reports, New York Jets RB Chris Johnson's contract is worth $8 million with $3 million guaranteed. He has a $2.75 million salary-cap figure and a $1 million non-guaranteed base salary. In 2015, he has a $5.5 million salary-cap figure with a non-guaranteed $3.5 million base salary with up to a $1 million escalator clause.

Footballguys view: In other words, unless Johnson improves from his level of play in recent years, he might not be a Jet next year.

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  49ers | Marcus Lattimore not expected to be restricted    Sun Apr 20, 08:59 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) is not expected to be restricted in any way when offseason workouts begin.

Footballguys view: We're not shocked by this news. Lattimore missed all of his rookie season in 2013 as he recovered from the second knee injury that prematurely ended his final season at South Carolina. He should look good early in camp, and he could certainly push for playing time in 2014.

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  Raiders | Darren McFadden expected to be top RB    Sun Apr 20, 08:57 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the starting running back this upcoming season if he is able to stay healthy.

Footballguys view: Maurice Jones-Drew was added in free agency to work in the team's RBBC. There's going to be a split (maybe 50/50) of carries, no matter who wins the starting job.

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  Raiders | Darren McFadden expected to start    Sun Apr 20, 12:00 AM

If healthy, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the team's starting tailback with RB Maurice Jones-Drew as his backup.

Footballguys view: We'll see how this battle plays out in training camp. Jones-Drew was added in free agency this offseason, while McFadden was kept around for one more year. No matter who wins the starting job, the Raiders are going to use a RBBC in 2014.

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  Chiefs | Could consider LaMichael James    Sat Apr 19, 12:17 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs could consider pursuing San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James if he could become a slot receiver. The team likely would not have interest in James if he can only be a running back since they have RBs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis on the roster.

Footballguys view: James could work well as a slot receiver. He could take the place of Dexter McCluster (Titans) who moved on in free agency. James has the speed and change of direction ability to be dangerous in space.

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  Bears | Probably will take RB in draft    Sat Apr 19, 11:18 AM

The Chicago Bears probably will select a running back in the later rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft to compete with RB Michael Ford for the No. 2 running back job. The team could also add a running back or two after the draft.

Footballguys view: We were expecting this ever since Michael Bush was released. The Bears have a sleeper in Michael Ford. Fantasy owners of Forte--and even those who don't have Forte--should be interested in the second-year back. Ford has good strength between the tackles, and he can get to the edge at the second level of the defense.

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  Seahawks | Have not tried to bring Mike Robinson back    Sat Apr 19, 12:02 AM

The Seattle Seahawks have not tried to re-sign free-agent FB Michael Robinson this offseason.

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  Colts | Coach wants Trent Richardson at workouts    Fri Apr 18, 08:18 PM

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said it will be important for RB Trent Richardson to participate in all of the offseason workouts so he can get more comfortable with the offense. 'He wants to be great. He's got all the talent. He's got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn't believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign,' Pagano said.

Footballguys view: Richardson needs to do everything he possibly can to get better. He was a disappointing addition last year after the Colts traded a 2014 first-round pick for him. We'll see if he can bounce back and play up to his enormous potential in 2014.

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  Steelers | Interested in Andre Williams    Fri Apr 18, 09:33 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.

Footballguys view: Williams is a big back with a little wiggle and build-up speed at the second level. He runs too upright which makes him an even larger target for defenders to tackle. With 10 receptions during his college career, Williams is pretty much a non-factor in the passing game. The two-down thumper is currently graded as a third-round pick. The Steelers added LeGarrette Blount in free agency, but they still might add a back in the draft.

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  Patriots | Interested in Andre Williams    Fri Apr 18, 09:33 AM

The New England Patriots are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.

Footballguys view: Williams is a big back with a little wiggle and build-up speed at the second level. He runs too upright which makes him an even larger target for defenders to tackle. With 10 receptions during his college career, Williams is pretty much a non-factor in the passing game. The two-down thumper is currently graded as a third-round pick. The Patriots lost LeGarrette Blount in free agency, and they are looking for another back to add to the mix.

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  Jets | Interested in Andre Williams    Fri Apr 18, 09:32 AM

The New York Jets are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.

Footballguys view: Williams is a big back with a little wiggle and build-up speed at the second level. He runs too upright which makes him an even larger target for defenders to tackle. With 10 receptions during his college career, Williams is pretty much a non-factor in the passing game. The two-down thumper is currently graded as a third-round pick. The Jets just added Chris Johnson in free agency, but they could look for a power back in the draft.

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  Browns | Interested in Andre Williams    Fri Apr 18, 09:32 AM

The Cleveland Browns are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.

Footballguys view: Williams is a big back with a little wiggle and build-up speed at the second level. He runs too upright which makes him an even larger target for defenders to tackle. With 10 receptions during his college career, Williams is pretty much a non-factor in the passing game. The two-down thumper is currently graded as a third-round pick. The Browns added Ben Tate in free agency to be their lead back, but they need better depth at the position.

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  Jaguars | Jordan Todman signs tender    Fri Apr 18, 03:15 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Jordan Todman signed his $645,000 ERFA tender on Thursday, April 17, and he will return to the team.

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  Bills | Terrance West to visit    Fri Apr 18, 03:09 AM

Towson RB Terrance West has a visit scheduled next week with the Buffalo Bills, according to sources. He is also scheduled to visit the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.

Footballguys view: West is a big back who can run in the 4.5s. The Bills have an interest in adding another running back to the mix even though they already have C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

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  49ers | Terrance Cobb visits    Fri Apr 18, 02:56 AM

Cumberlands RB Terrance Cobb came to the San Francisco 49ers for a pre-NFL Draft visit. He is the third tailback to come to the 49ers before the draft.

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  Jets | Chris Johnson open to sharing carries    Thu Apr 17, 08:46 PM

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said he is fine with sharing carries with other running backs this upcoming season if it helps the team win games.

Footballguys view: Johnson might actually play more effectively with less carries and wear and tear on his body. Also, by allowing Chris Ivory to take the between the tackles pounding, Johnson might even get a few more years out of his body.

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  Jets | Chris Johnson expects to be cleared soon    Thu Apr 17, 08:42 PM

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he expects to receive medical clearance to resume football activities in the near future. He underwent knee surgery in January but expects to be fully healthy for training camp.

Footballguys view: We've heard conflicting reports as to whether Johnson has arthritis issues in the knee or not, but in what amounts to a one-year, $4 million contract, the Jets have nothing much to lose. Then again, that's what people thought when the team signed David Garrard.

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  Jets | Chris Johnson says he is healthy    Thu Apr 17, 01:34 PM

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said a report that he has arthritis in his knee is not true. Johnson said he has no arthritis in his knee.

Footballguys view: Even if he's a bit banged up, Johnson will split carries with Chris Ivory, saving some wear and tear. At $4 million a year, with a second year as an option, it's really a cheap deal with very little risk. We'll have to see how the split goes for carries, but Johnson may be more effective with less carries.

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  Vikings | Will host Devonta Freeman    Wed Apr 16, 11:47 PM

Florida State RB Devonta Freeman will with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 17, according to a league source.

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  49ers | Terrance West to visit Monday    Wed Apr 16, 11:27 PM

Towson RB Terrance West will visit the San Francisco 49ers' facilities Monday, April 21.

Footballguys view: West is a big back who can run in the 4.5s. The 49ers already have a stacked group of backs, so adding West to the mix would be a curious move. Some think the small-school power back will be a top-100 pick.

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  49ers | Shopping LaMichael James    Wed Apr 16, 11:27 PM

According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on the depth chart at running back this season.

Footballguys view: Good luck. The free-agency market for backs is terrible, so trading for a part-time back isn't going to harvest much in return. James could be a decent change-of-pace back, but he's buried on the depth chart in San Francisco. They have a great group of backs from top to bottom. We even like Jewel Hampton in super deep dynasty leagues.

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  Jets | Chris Johnson financials    Wed Apr 16, 09:45 PM

Updating a previous report, the deal for New York Jets RB Chris Johnson includes $3 million in guaranteed money in the form of a signing bonus, and $1 million in salary. The team also holds an option for the 2015 season.

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  Falcons | Terrence West to visit    Wed Apr 16, 04:49 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to meet with Towson RB Terrence West Wednesday, April 23. The team also reportedly conducted a private workout with West.

Footballguys view: West is a power back who can run in the 4.5s. He lacks vision, but West keeps his legs moving after contact and has a nose for the red zone. The Falcons are looking for a young running back behind Steven Jackson to groom into an eventual starter.

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  Jets | Financial terms for Chris Johnson    Wed Apr 16, 04:39 PM

Updating a previous report, the New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with another $1 million in incentives available.

Footballguys view: So much for not overpaying him.

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  Texans | May look to take RB in middle rounds    Wed Apr 16, 04:36 PM

The Houston Texans may consider selecting a running back during the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft that could become RB Arian Foster's backup in the future.

Footballguys view: With Ben Tate moving on in free agency to the Browns, the Texans need a backup behind Foster. The draft is full of running backs with different styles. During the middle rounds there will still be quality players left at the position.

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