Steven Jackson
Report: Falcons' Steven Jackson won't play vs. Panthers
Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
9:12 AM
News: Falcons running back Steven Jackson will not play Sunday's pivotal regular season finale against the Panthers, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. He compiled 707 yards and six touchdowns on the ground this season. If Jackson is inactive, Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Rodgers received 12 touches and Freeman got eight against the Saints.

Atlanta opened up as a 2 1/2-point home favorite. The line has now moved to 3 points in favor of the Falcons. The winner takes the NFC South title.

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Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch among Seahawks' probables
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
12/26/2014
News: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is listed as probable for Week 17 against the Rams.

Lynch was listed on the injury report with a back injury, but has been able to battle through the issue all season. He did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but was able to put in a full practice on Friday.

The team should also have Tony Moeaki and Russell Okung. Both players were listed as probable on the final injury report. 

Cooper Helfet, Chris Matthews, Tharold Simon and Max Unger are listed as questionable, and will be game-time decisions. 

Both Demarcus Dobbs and Jermaine Kearse have already been ruled out for the contest. 

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Jamaal Charles
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles labeled questionable for Week 17
Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
12/26/2014
News: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was limited in practice all week with hamstring and ankle injuries, and was officially designated as questionable for Sunday's regular season finale against the Chargers, per the team's official website.

The Chiefs are already without Alex Smith due to a lacerated spleen, and may need to rely on the ground game in order to have any chance at success against the Chargers. Charles has rushed for 979 yards and nine touchdowns on 193 attempts. If he is unable to go on Sunday, the team will turn to Knile Davis for the start.

Kansas City is currently a 1-point home favorite, per Vegas Insider.

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LeGarrette Blount
Patriots list lengthy injury report for final regular season game
LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE
12/26/2014
News: The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable.

The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).

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Pierre Thomas
Saints place Pierre Thomas, Akiem Hicks on injured reserve
Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
12/26/2014
News: The Saints have placed running back Pierre Thomas and defensive end Akiem Hicks on injured reserve and promoted Jerry Franklin and Brandon Coleman from their practice squad.

Thomas played a limited role in Week 16 against the Falcons, catching just two passes for 24 yards, before injuring his ribs and leaving the game. 

He finishes the year with 45 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. 

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Ronnie Brown
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews gets the red-light for Week 17
Ronnie Brown, RB, SD
12/26/2014
News: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was officially ruled out for Sunday's regular season finale at Kansas City, per the team's official website.

Mathews' 2014 regular season campaign comes to an end after appearing in only six games, registering 330 yards and three touchdowns on 74 attempts on the ground. Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown will all shoulder the load in the running game.

According to Vegas Insiders, the Chargers are a 1-point underdog at Kansas City. San Diego can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Sunday.

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DeAngelo Williams
Panthers list DeAngelo Williams as probable for Sunday's game
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
12/26/2014
News: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Falcons and is being listed as probable. 

Williams has missed the last three games for Carolina while dealing with a broken bone in his hand. He has 219 yards on 62 carries in six games this year.

Linebacker A.J. Klein is considered questionable for the game with an akle injury.

The Panthers are 3-point underdogs against Atlanta.

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Jonas Gray
Patriots' Jonas Gray skips practice on Friday
Jonas Gray, RB, NE
12/26/2014
News: Patriots running back Jonas Gray, who was a limited participant Thursday with an ankle injury, was not spotted at practice Friday, leading up to New England's Week 17 showdown against the Bills, ESPN reports.

Gray carried the ball six times for 5 yards and a score in Week 16 against the Jets. He has 412 rushing yards this season. If he's unable to play, the team will likely turn to LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen to shoulder the rushing workload.

The Patriots opened as an 8 1/2-point favorite at home on Sunday. The line has dropped to 4 1/2 points, per Vegas Insider.

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Latavius Murray
Raiders' Sparano: Latavius Murray can handle being a No. 1 guy
Latavius Murray, RB, OAK
12/26/2014
News: During an interview with Sirius XM radio, Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano indicated that Latavius Murray could be the running back of the future, per Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. 

"Early in the season, it took us a while to figure that part of it out," Sparano said. "He's a guy that was hurt all year last year. Latavius has really come into his own, and I think he can handle the workload of being a No. 1 guy."

Murray has appeared in 14 games this season, rushing for 387 yards and two touchdowns on 72 attempts. He has rushed for 333 yards over the past four weeks and will look to end the season on a high note Sunday against Denver.

Oakland is 14-point underdog at Denver.

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Jonathan Dwyer
Trial date scheduled for Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, ARI
12/26/2014
News: Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer's trial is scheduled for March 4, the Associated Press reports. Dwyer has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors during a July 21 incident.

Investigators believe Dwyer broke his wife's nose, punched her the following day and threw a shoe at his 1-year-old son. He was arrested in September and placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.

Barring a suspension from commissioner Roger Goodell, the Dwyer is eligible to play as early as the 2015 season.

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