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Steven Jackson misses practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson missed Tuesday's practice, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The team has not said whether Jackson is hurt or just getting a day off.

Pete Carroll hopes Marshawn Lynch 'will figure it out'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Tuesday addressed the contract holdout by running back Marshawn Lynch. "I love this kid," Carroll said, per the Seattle Times. "I hope he will figure it out and it will all make sense and it will come to a resolution somewhere."

Lynch can be fined $30,000 for every day he misses, and the team could try to go after a portion of his signing bonus.


David Wilson taken to hospital for tests on his neck


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Giants running back David Wilson will undergo a battery of tests on his neck at the Hospital for Special Surgery after suffering what coach Tom Coughlin called a "burner," reports NFL Network. The Giants will be extra careful with Wilson, who had neck surgery in January.

Montee Ball thinks he'll get 250 carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) No Broncos running back has gotten 250 carries in a season since Reuben Droughns got 275 in 2004. Montee Ball, who has never started a game, told the Denver Post he "definitely" thinks he can reach 250.

Last year Knowshon Moreno led the team with 241 carries while the rookie Ball got 119. Moreno is in Miami now.

"It's an ideal situation for me, but I am taking nothing for granted," Ball said. "This is a great offense to play in because the defense always has to respect the pass, and Peyton [Manning] creates opportunities for the running backs. It's up to me to make it work to my advantage."


Colts add two players


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Colts signed running back Phillip Tanner and linebacker Jonathon Sharpe, and they'll practice with the team Wednesday. Tanner played in 39 games the past three years with the Cowboys, scoring two touchdowns.

David Wilson leaves practice with neck 'burner'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Giants running back David Wilson, who underwent major neck surgery in January, walked off the practice field Tuesday with a trainer, reports ESPN.com. Coach Tom Coughlin said Wilson suffered a neck "burner."

"We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he could just come back and go to work," Coughlin said. "He was cleared. So we'll see. I'm not going to speculate what it is. We'll have to see what the doctors say."

Per the Newark Star-Ledger, a burner is "a blanket term for any trauma to the neck or shoulder area that can cause momentarily tingling, pain or numbness."


Andre Ellington should return Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington missed Tuesday's practice with a neck issue, but coach Bruce Arians told reporters he expects Ellington back on the field Wednesday.

RB Damien Williams displaying 'second gear'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Dolphins running back Damien Williams, an undrafted free agent who starred at Oklahoma before getting dismissed from the program, is opening eyes at training camp. Coach Joe Philbin said Williams has good hands and "a little bit of a second gear."

"I think he’s got that explosiveness," Philbin continued. "He shuffled one or two times today on a draw, I know we corrected him one time where he kind of danced in the hole a little bit, but typically he’s been decisive. When he really makes up his mind, you kind of see him moving away from people. I think he catches the ball well, I like what he’s done so far."

Williams (5-11, 222 pounds) ran for 946 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012 with Oklahoma. He dealt with an ankle injury last year before getting dismissed in November.


Texans add RB Tim Cornett


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Texans signed running back Tim Cornett, UNLV's all-time leading rusher. The undrafted free agent hooked on this spring with the Cardinals before they released him.

Arian Foster, Andre Johnson miss practice again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Texans running back Arian Foster and Andre Johnson missed practice again Tuesday with what the team called minor injuries. Both are believed to be hamstring issues.

Coach Bill O'Brien doesn't seem to be enjoying questions about his two stars' health. He told reporters only that the injuries are not "life threatening."


For Terrance West, pass protection is the key


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Browns rookie running back Terrance West must prove he can pass protect at the NFL level to make an early splash, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. If West can show well during preseason games, "he just might be able to make an impact early. He is an explosive runner and he has great hands as well," La Canfora wrote.

After Monday's practice, West said his pass protection is coming along. "Today I had some good feedback from the coaches and picked up some big blocks in pass protection," he told La Canfora.

"And I want to be an every down back in this league, so I have to show them I can run, and catch and pass protect, and today was a great day. I feel like I started really picking it up in OTAs and during the break I stayed in my playbook and that helped me get caught up to speed."


Alex Green leaves with chest injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Jets running back Alex Green left Tuesday's practice with a chest injury, reports the New York Post.

Ray Rice looks like the 'Rice of old'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Ravens running back Ray Rice "sure has looked good in training camp," observes the Baltimore Sun. "He had two long runs Saturday where he looked like the Rice of old. He never had great speed, but his cuts were excellent."

Due to his suspension, Rice won't play until Week 3.

Todd Haley compares Dri Archer to Jamaal Charles


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said rookie Dri Archer's running style reminds him of Chiefs star Jamaal Charles, minus 20 pounds, reports NFL.com. Archer is listed at 5-8, 173 pounds. Charles goes 5-11, 199 pounds.

Chris Ivory looks like Jets' goal-line back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn said the team is leaning toward Chris Ivory as its goal-line and short-yardage back, reports the New York Daily News.

"If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously," Lynn said. "Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on."

Ivory (6-foot, 222 pounds) is the "best power runner in the game," Lynn added. Ivory ran for three touchdowns last year.


Chris Thompson has 'emerged' at Redskins camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/29/2014) Redskins second-year running back Chris Thompson has "emerged" at training camp so far according to ESPN. A year removed from a torn ACL suffered in college, Thompson looks faster and more comfortable, has caught the ball well and has even done some good work in pass protection drills. Durability is an issue for him but if he stays upright he should make the team and could contend for a little playing time. 

Gruden admits Redskins 'need another back' on third downs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/29/2014) Alfred Morris can't do it all -- that's the message sent by new Redskins coach Jay Gruden when he said "[w]e need another back to emerge as that third-down back."

ESPN took a look at the candidates to work as that third-down guy and concluded that Roy Helu is the best option. Helu not only has the size and experience to work as a third-down back but is "more than just a third-down guy" because he can handle every-down work if need be. Working in a third-down type of role last season, Helu had 62 carries for 274 yards and four touchdowns with 31 grabs for 251 yards -- an 8.1 yard average. 


Alfonso Smith signs with 49ers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The 49ers signed running back Alfonso Smith Monday.

Smith saw limited work with the ball in his hands last season while playing all 16 games with the Cardinals. He carried the ball 18 times for 54 yards and a touchdown, with most of that work coming in the first three games of the season.


Patriots foil Panthers' plan, claim Tyler Gaffney


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Patriots claimed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers from the Panthers after Carolina "tried to sneak him through waivers and into IR," reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gaffney tore his lateral meniscus Friday and is out for the season.

Trent Richardson bothered by sore hamstring


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Colts are counting on a big year from 2013 bust Trent Richardson. But the running back was unable to practice Monday as he continues to deal with a sore hamstring, reports the Indianapolis Star.

Richardson has not practiced since Thursday.


Coach compares Terrance West to all-time greats


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Browns running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said rookie Terrance West's running style reminds him of former Eagles star Brian Westbrook. Then Montgomery went further.

"It’s funny because Terrence West has some shades of Brian Westbrook," Montgomery said. "He can break you down with his right leg; he can break you down with his left. He has that Ricky Watters or Walter Payton lure-you-to-sleep-on-the-sidelines move that I can accelerate or I can play like I’m going to accelerate and cut back inside. Those are some of the traits that I haven’t seen in a while by Walter Payton and Ricky Watters."


David Wilson working on returns


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Running back David Wilson is one of several Giants working on kick and punt returns early in training camp. It's another sign the team feels Wilson, who's coming back from neck surgery, is not a health risk.

Bills' OC: C.J. Spiller needs the ball more


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said running back C.J. Spiller needs more touches. The comment came in response to a question about Spiller's yards per catch declining from 10.7 in 2012 to 5.6 last year.

"We just have to give him the ball more," Hackett said. "When you look at any situation when you have a player like C.J., you want to get him out there a whole bunch. You want to throw him the ball, you want to hand him the ball off and that’s one thing that we have to do. He’s a great player and we have to feature him just like we have to feature a lot of guys.

"It’s about getting more plays, getting more opportunities to get him out there, keeping the quarterback in there consistent and making sure we have a guy in there that knows what we want to do and keep him in there. We want to be able to distribute the ball across the field."


Adrian Peterson: We won't be predictable this year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson sounds thrilled with the change in offensive coordinators from Bill Musgrave to Norv Turner.

"This is what I've been looking for the past seven years," Peterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "And now I feel like we have an offense that fits our talent and what we have as far as the players at their positions and what they're able to do. I'm pretty excited for what Norv Turner is putting in for us. It's putting guys in opportunities to make plays and be more versatile as an offense. So I'm stoked about that."

Peterson said it's refreshing to play in an offense that's unpredictable.

"Not to take anything away from the coaches we had before, but just being more versatile as an offense," he said. "I just call it what it is. I feel in the past, we were predictable. You guys wrote stories about being predictable in the past seven years. You won't be able to write that story this year. That's pretty much all that I'm saying. You won't be able to do that because this offense is so versatile."


Coaches want Shonn Greene to lose weight


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Titans coaches want running back Shonn Greene to lose 5-10 pounds, reports the Tennessean. Greene is coming back from arthroscopic knee surgery in May. He's listed at 5-11, 233 pounds.

The report did not say how much Greene weighs now.


 
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