Ameer Abdullah
Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Itching to play
Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
8/23/2016
News: Abdullah (shoulder) has expressed his desire to play in Detroit's third preseason game Saturday against the Ravens, ESPN reports. "I mean, I just want to play," Abdullah said. "Just want to play at a full-speed game tempo. That's all it really is. I've been practicing. To play in a game setting, to get back used to playing in a game since I haven't played in a preseason game yet, that'd be cool."

Abdullah was incapable of playing in the Lions' first two preseason games, but has since shed the red no-contact jersey he donned for the majority of training camp in order to protect his surgically-repaired shoulder. However, regardless as to whether he's granted his wish and actually does suit up on Saturday, Abdullah remains firmly set to start Week 1 against the Colts. In question, though, is his role on special teams. The former Cornhusker led the NFL in kickoff-return yardage in 2015, but may be solely restrained to running back duties in 2016 as means to prevent the second-year pro from popping up on the injury report sometime over the course of the upcoming campaign.

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Thomas Rawls
Seahawks' Thomas Rawls: Will play in season opener
Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
8/23/2016
News: Head coach Pete Carroll professed Rawls (ankle) will not play in Seattle's third preseason game on Thursday but will be ready for the team's season opener Sep. 11 against Miami, Sports Radio KJR's Curtis Crabtree reports.

Rawls has been a full participant in every practice since rejoining the team on Sunday, and was able to increase his workload in each consecutive session. It's unclear whether he will see time in the Seahawks' preseason finale Sep. 1 in Oakland, though. But, as it stands, Rawls and Christine Michael seem set to spearhead Seattle's rushing attack entering the 2016 campaign.

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Carlos Hyde
49ers' Carlos Hyde: Should benefit from improved offensive line
Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
8/23/2016
News: Hyde should benefit from having an improved offensive line this season.

Hyde showed flashes of brilliance last season, but a shoddy offensive line and a foot injury put a cap on his production. With the return of 2014 starters Daniel Kilgore and Anthony Davis to compliment the steady Joe Staley, the third-year back has the strongest line in front him since being drafted in 2014. The 49ers also used their first-round pick on Stanford guard Joshua Garnett, who is currently trying to earn a spot on the starting line. Hyde will still have to deal with defenses stacking the box against a 49ers team that doesn't have much of an aerial attack, but the improved bulk up front should help combat that issue.

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Charcandrick West
Chiefs' Charcandrick West: Returns to practice Tuesday
Charcandrick West, RB, KC
8/23/2016
News: West (elbow) practiced Tuesday, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.

West's elbow has been giving him some problems as of late, but his return to practice indicates that he is either close to full strength or willing to play through the pain. West has shown some flashes of his potential in his short tenure with Kansas City, and with the injury-prone Jamaal Charles standing as the only rusher ahead of him on the team's official depth chart, West is certainly someone to keep an eye on moving forward.

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Jamaal Charles
Chiefs' Jamaal Charles: Continues to progress
Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
8/23/2016
News: In his fourth practice since coming off PUP, Charles (knee) did some work in full-team drills Tuesday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Charles' continued progress is encouraging, but the Kansas City Star notes that the Chiefs aren't inclined to push the running back into preseason action. When asked Tuesday if Charles or LB Tamba Hali were candidates to take the field Saturday against the Bears or next week against the Packers, coach Any Reid said, "only if I feel if they're right. But I'm not going to stick them out there if there"s a question on it."

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Jeremy Langford
Bears' Jeremy Langford: Misses practice Tuesday
Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI
8/23/2016
News: Langford (foot) missed practice Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.

On the plus side, Langford -- who has been dealing with a sore foot -- was spotted at Sunday's practice minus the walking boot that he sported on his left leg Saturday night. The Bears took Monday off as they prepare for this coming Saturday's preseason tilt against the Chiefs. Langford's status for that contest is unclear at this stage.

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Arian Foster
Dolphins' Arian Foster: Could get a long look Thursday
Arian Foster, RB, MIA
8/23/2016
News: After rolling Foster out for just nine snaps in last Friday's preseason game against the Cowboys, coach Adam Gase is hoping that the Dolphins can "take a long look" at the veteran back Thursday against the Falcons, the Miami Herald reports.

Foster, who turns 30 Wednesday, is looking to overtake Jay Ajayi on the Dolphins' RB depth chart. A strong effort in the team's third preseason game Thursday could accelerate such an outcome, though we'd expect Foster and Ajayi to both see touches with the Dolphins' first-team offense in the contest. As Gase has pointed out, Foster's "resume speaks for itself," and with that in mind it's not hard to imagine that, at a minimum, the veteran back will secure a key role in what could emerge as some form of time-share arrangement in the Miami backfield. That scenario, of course, hinges on the oft-injured Foster remaining healthy.

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Tyler Gaffney
Patriots' Tyler Gaffney: Pushing for roster spot
Tyler Gaffney, RB, NE
8/23/2016
News: The Boston Globe's latest 53-man roster projection for the Patriots includes Gaffney.

With Dion Lewis likely to start the season on PUP and Donald Brown having been released Tuesday, Gaffney's chances of sticking appear to have been boosted. That said, it's also possible fellow RB D.J. Foster (who has been banged up of late) could also enter the equation, or that the Patriots could elect to dip into the free agent pool.

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Karlos Williams
Karlos Williams: Jets showing interest
Karlos Williams, RB, BUF
8/23/2016
News: The Jets are reportedly showing an interest in signing Williams, according to Sal Capaccio of WGR550 in Buffalo.

Williams exhibited plenty of fantasy upside in limited time last season with the Bills, but with a four-game suspension to start this season, not to mention the fact that he showed up to training camp significantly overweight, and there's little reason to think he'll have an impact in New York quickly, especially with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell likely dominating the touches out of the backfield.

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Matt Forte
Jets' Matt Forte: Could play against Giants
Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
8/23/2016
News: Forte's status for Saturday's preseason game against the Giants is still up in the air as he continues to recover from his hamstring injury, NJ.com reports.

With Forte unlikely to play in the final preseason contest, Friday is his last chance to get some game snaps in before Week 1. Head coach Todd Bowles said he'd like to get Forte into the game, but he obviously will keep him out unless he's 100 percent.

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