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Titans RB Leon Washington makes an impact Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Titans running back Leon Washington made an impact Week 16 against the Jaguars.

Washington wasn't a huge factor in the running the game, gaining 11 yards on four carries. He excelled in the passing game, however. Washington hauled in seven catches, gaining 62 yards. He finished second on the team in receiving for the game. Washington was the only player on the team to score, pulling down an 8 yard touchdown pass on the team's first drive. 

He'll look for more Week 17 against the Colts. 


Titans RB Shonn Greene receives seven carries Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Titans running back Shonn Greene carried the ball just seven times Week 16 against the Jaguars.

Greene took a backseat to Bishop Sankey during the contest, though neither did all that much on the ground. Greene gained 28 yards, good for a 4.0 yards per carry average. Greene was not involved in the passing game, and did not receive a target.

He'll look for more Week 17 against the Colts. 


Titans RB Bishop Sankey fails to do much Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Titans running back Bishop Sankey failed to do much Week 16 against the Jaguars.

Sankey led all Titans runners, carrying the ball 14 times for 44 yards. He was held to just 3.1 yards per carry. Sankey had a hard time breaking anything loose, with his longest carry going for just 8 yards. He wasn't all that involved in the passing game either, coming up with one reception for 9 yards.

Sankey will hope for more Week 17 against the Colts. 


Jaguars RB Jordan Todman sprints for 62-yard TD Week 16


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Jaguars running back Jordan Todman rushed for 71 yards on five carries, with the highlight coming on a 62-yard touchdown in his team's 21-13 win over the Titans in Week 16.

Todman also chipped in five yards on two receptions. The game-breaking score came on a play where the Jaguars faked the end around to the left of the formation, and the running back found a seam on the right side of the line and outsprinted the defense to the end zone. Lead back Toby Gerhart was removed from Thursday's game with a rib issue, and it's possible Todman could find himself with an increased role in next Sunday's season finale against the Texans.


Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (rib) will not return vs. Titans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's game against the Titans with a rib injury, the team announced.

Gerhart initially suffered the injury late in the third quarter and was deemed questionable to return, but he was able to make it back for much of the fourth quarter before being ruled out at about the two-minute warning. He finishes the Week 16 matchup with 60 yards on 13 touches as well as a one-yard touchdown.


Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (rib) cleared to return vs. Titans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart has been cleared to return to Thursday's game against the Titans, the Associated Press reports. He was ruled questionable to return by the team due to a rib contusion but appears to be ready to resume his regular role.

Gerhart reached the end zone on a one-yard score in the third quarter and picked up one carry on the following drive before the injury was announced. He racked up 42 yards on nine carries in addition to the touchdown while also adding a seven-yard reception.


Cardinals' Kerwynn Williams limited Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice, the team announced.

Williams has shared touches with Stepfan Taylor with Andre Ellington out for the season but has amassed 175 rushing yards on 34 carries over the last two weeks. If his knee issue keeps him out Sunday, Taylor and Marion Grice would likely handle most of the touches at the position.


Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch doesn't practice Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (back) did not practice Thursday, the team announced.

Last week, Lynch was able to take part in practice in a limited fashion Thursday after taking his customary day off Wednesday. This week, he's looking at two DNPs heading into Friday. Lynch was listed as probable in Week 15 but could be facing a questionable tag (or worse) in Week 16. If Lynch isn't able to play Sunday, the Seahawks would likely expand the roles of Robert Turbin and Christine Michael.

Joining Lynch on the sidelines for Thursday's practice were tackle Russel Okung (chest), guard J.R. Sweezy (ankle), center Max Unger (knee/ankle), tight end Tony Moeaki (shoulder), wide receiver Paul Richardson (hamstring) and defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (ankle).


You'll want to stick with Tre Mason


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/18/2014) In two games since blowing up for 164 total yards and three touchdowns, Rams running back Tre Mason has a total of 99 yards on 33 carries. Neither performance was good individually, and Week 15 against Arizona was especially bad. Subtract the fumble from his 33 yards, and he scored a grand total of one Fantasy point in standard CBSSports.com leagues.

So why would you consider using him in your championship game with the Rams hosting the Giants in Week 16? For one thing, the matchup is a night-and-day difference. You had to expect Mason to struggle against the Cardinals, who rank sixth against the run, allowing 90.4 yards per game, but would have guessed the Redskins, his Week 14 opponent, rank seventh? It's not a matter of teams choosing to beat them through the air either. They're one of 10 teams that have allowed less than 4 yards per carry.

The Giants, meanwhile, rank 30th against the run, allowing 135.1 yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry. It doesn't mean Mason is a lock for big numbers. The Redskins' Alfred Morris, who most would consider a superior running back, had just 49 yards on 14 carries against the Giants last week. But after splitting carries early on, Mason has become the clear workhorse of the Rams backfield. You don't sit a running back with that role when he has a favorable matchup, especially when he's performed as Mason has this season.

Jamey Eisenberg agrees, naming Mason the CBSSports.com Start of the Week for Week 16.


Turner: Matt Asiata to get bulk of carries Sunday against Dolphins


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) After it was reported the Vikings were going to use a running-back-by-committee approach once Jerrick McKinnon was lost for the season, offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Thursday Matt Asiata will get the majority of the carries when Minnesota travels to Miami Sunday.

"Well, Matt I think showed, I think he's shown throughout, but he's showed in the game that he's a guy that gives us the best all-around running, catching, [pass] protection," Turner said Thursday. "He had an outstanding game so I would expect Matt to get the bulk of the work and when there's opportunity to get someone else in there we'll do it."

Asiata is averaging 3.3 yards per carry this season with seven rushing touchdowns. Running backs Joe Banyard and Ben Tate appear to be on the back burner after Tate has had just 38 yards on 13 carries since going the Vikings. While Banyard has just 45 yards on 10 carries. 


DeAngelo Williams could play Sunday wearing a cast


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is getting fitted for a cast he'd wear if he returns to action Sunday against the Browns, reports ESPN.com. Williams fractured his right hand in the Week 13 loss at Minnesota.

Williams was limited in Thursday's practice. He hasn't caught passes, and the team is concerned about how the injury will affect his blocking, the report said.

But if Williams returns, he'll cut into the sizable workload Jonathan Stewart has received the past two weeks when he averaged 21.5 touches.


Edelman, LaFell, Vereen still limited for Patriots


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Patriots received limited participation in practice from Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell and Shane Vereen on Thursday.

All three players were limited on Wednesday, so there was no change in their status. Edelman is battling a thigh injury and a concussion. LaFell has a shoulder issue. Vereen is dealing with an ankle injury. The team will release a final game status for each player following Friday's practice. 


Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles practices in full Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Ankle and knee ailments could not prevent Chiefs standout running back Jamaal Charles from putting in a full practice Thursday. He was limited in the Wednesday session.

Charles in a roll. He has 515 yards on 86 carries in the last six games for a 6.0 YPC average.


DeMarco Murray increases workload in Thursday's practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was listed as limited in Thursday's practice, but he said he did a lot more than he was able to do Wednesday, reports the Dallas Morning News. Wearing a special glove with padding to protect his surgically-repaired left hand, Murray participated in some team drills.

"It’s good," Murray told the paper. "I feel good."

Murray was asked if he'll play Sunday against the Colts, if the decision is left up to him. "I’m a very competitive person and I want to help this team out as much as I can," he told the paper. "I’ve had two good days and we’ll see how it goes."

Owner Jerry Jones said he was encouraged that Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, is "so aggressive in his thinking about playing."

Murray underwent surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his hand. If he sits out, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would rotate at tailback. Dallas is favored by 3 over the Colts at nearly every sportsbook.


Packers RB Eddie Lacy limited with eye irritation


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Packers running back Eddie Lacy was limited in practice Thursday as he continues to deal with eye irritation from a contact lens, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Despite the irritation, Lacy said he doesn't want to wear goggles and will wear a contact lens Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Lacy has run for 940 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 4.6 yards per carry.


49ers' Frank Gore progressing, Carlos Hyde still out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) 49ers running back Frank Gore returned to practice Thursday wearing a non-contact jersey as he continues to progress through the league's concussion protocol, reports the Sacramento Bee. Rookie running back Carlos Hyde remained sidelined with ankle and back injuries.

The 49ers host the Chargers on Saturday night. If Gore gets cleared by an independent neurologist and Hyde sits out, Gore could see a heavy workload. If neither plays, the 49ers' top two tailbacks would be Alfonso Smith and newly-signed Phillip Tanner.


Titans place RB Dexter McCluster on IR


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) What was expected is now official - the Titans have placed running back Dexter McCluster on season-ending injured reserve.

McCluster is dealing with a knee injury sustained in Week 15 against the Jets. He finishes the year with 328 total yards.


Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could miss last two games


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) missed his second straight practice Thursday ahead of Saturday's visit to San Francisco. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, it's unclear if Mathews will return during the regular season.

Running backs Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will carry the load against the 49ers, assuming Mathews sits out. Mathews has played in just six games this year.


Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray practices, but how much?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray participated in the early part of practice for the second straight day Thursday, but it wasn't yet clear if he joined team drills after watching those Wednesday, reports the Dallas Morning News. Murray's left hand was wrapped.

He had surgery Monday to fix a broken bone in his hand. If Murray can't play Sunday against the Colts, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would share backfield duties.

The Cowboys are 3-point favorites over the AFC South champs.


Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman returns Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman was back at practice Thursday after missing the last five games with a foot injury. He looked good running pass routes early in the session, per ESPN.

It remains to be seen if Hillman is healthy enough to play Monday night at Cincinnati.


Giants RB Rashad Jennings sitting out as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Giants running back Rashad Jennings (ankle) missed another practice Thursday as the team prepared for Sunday's game against the Rams. It's unclear if Jennings will even travel with the team to St. Louis, reports The Star-Ledger.

Rookie Andre Williams will start if Jennings can't go. Williams has run for 568 yards and six touchdowns, but averages 3.2 yards per carry.


Ravens release TE Ogbuehi, sign RB Poole


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Ravens have released tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi and signed running back Tauren Poole to their practice squad. Poole has one NFL rushing attempt and fumbled.


Ravens RB Justin Forsett not on injury report


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett, who's dealt with a knee injury the past few weeks, is no longer on the injury report, reports the Baltimore Sun. "I feel good," he said.

"This is actually one of the best Wednesdays that I've had in a while. So, my body is feeling good, maintaining, feeling ready to go."

Forsett practiced fully Wednesday ahead of Sunday's visit to Houston. He has run for 1,128 yards and eight touchdowns and leads all running backs with 5.4 yards per carry.


Eagles' Chris Polk gets first-team reps in practice


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Eagles running back Chris Polk received first-team reps in practice on Wednesday, according to CSNPhilly.com.

Polk opened practice with the starters and ran a couple of plays. LeSean McCoy watched the plays from the sideline. Following practice, McCoy stressed that it wasn't a big deal. "We rotate all the time," he said. "[Running back coach Duce Staley] pulled me out. [Darren] Sproles wasn't in either." Polk is coming off a three touchdown performance in Week 15. It's possible he could find his way into more playing time given the practice situation. 


Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch sits out on Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did not practice on Wednesday.

Lynch has been using Wednesday as a veteran's day all season, so the move isn't a big surprise. He's been battling a back injury throughout most of the season, but has been able to play through it. Lynch has 1133 rushing yards, with 10 touchdowns, this year. 


 
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