Mark Ingram 'healthy, fit and decisive'
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Saints running back Mark Ingram
, a 2011 first-round pick, "is ready to put together his best NFL season," reports the team's website. "Ingram is healthy, fit and decisive as a runner."
Ingram has rushed for 148 yards on 21 carries (7.0 ypc) this preseason while catching two passes for 27 yards and scoring two touchdowns. "We saw a snapshot of the player Ingram could be at the end of last season," the website said. "He looks even better than he did then."
Seahawks running back Christine Michael
tweaked his hamstring in practice Tuesday and won't play in Thursday's preseason finale, reports 710 ESPN Radio. Coach Pete Carroll said Michael "pulled up a little bit" when he got hurt.
Ben Tate to face stacked boxes
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Browns running back Ben Tate
is a perfect fit for the team's one-cut zone running system, but "he's definitely never seen boxes stacked
the way they'll be against Cleveland," according to CBSSports.com's Will Brinson. That's one effect of receiver Josh Gordon's one-year suspension.
Cleveland has no wideouts capable of threatening defenses the way Gordon did.
The Cowboys signed running back Phillip Tanner
, who was released by the Colts a week ago. Tanner played for Dallas the past three seasons but got just 12 touches last year.
Gio Bernard, Jeremy Hill each projected with 200 carries
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The Bengals' official website was impressed with rookie Jeremy Hill
's power running in the third preseason game. Writer Geoff Hobson opined "it looks like Giovani Bernard
and Hill could both get about 200 attempts
Bernard figures to be prominent in the passing game, while Hill is expected to get a lot of goal-line and short-yardage carries.
Coach: Eddie Lacy could lead NFL in yards from scrimmage
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Packers running backs coach Sam Gash said second-year back Eddie Lacy
has a chance to lead the NFL in yards from scrimmage
"He has the capability of being the leading rusher and maybe even combined yards if he catches a lot of balls," Gash told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I absolutely do think that.
"I think he's a bell cow. He's a big guy, and he's physical."
Lacy ranked 14th last year with 1,435 yards from scrimmage. He was removed in some passing and two-minute situations last season, but has been groomed to play in all situations this year, the paper said.
The Vikings want to get running back Adrian Peterson
to the edge more often this season, "both to maximize his explosiveness
and reduce the pounding on his body," reports ESPN.com. "He'll run out of shotgun sets and multiple-receiver formations more often."
The website said Peterson will get more usage as a receiver and that's "the most profound change for him this season."
Said running backs coach Kirby Wilson: "He's had good days, but there are some days when he's been spectacular in those areas. I'm excited to see what the new and improved Adrian Peterson is going to look like when the opener starts. I think this whole team is excited about what he could bring as a dual-threat player."
Coach more effusive about Lamar Miller than Knowshon Moreno
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Dolphins running backs Lamar Miller
and Knowshon Moreno
split first-team reps the past two days, reports the Miami Herald
. While coach Joe Philbin said the starting job is open
, he was more effusive talking about Miller.
"I like everything Lamar has done since he's gotten here," Philbin said. "He's had an excellent offseason and camp. ... I like everything he's done since April 21 [the start of offseeason workouts]."
About Moreno, Philbin merely said, "He ran the ball well Saturday [against Dallas]."
The paper called Moreno the better third-down option, because of his superior pass protection skills. Miami opens the season Sunday, Sept. 7 against New England.
No risk of suspension for Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount
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There is no chance
the Steelers will suspend running backs Le'Veon Bell
and LeGarrette Blount
for their arrests last week on charges of marijuana possession, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
. The team will let the legal process play out, then wait for the NFL to impose discipline -- a process that could take a year.
"So the idea that either the Steelers will act on their own or that the wheels of NFL justice will move so quickly Bell and Blount could lose a game to suspension anytime soon is folly," Bouchette wrote.
The Steelers won't do anything to hurt their chances of winning Week 1, Bouchette continued. In addition, he asserted the collective bargaining agreement prohibits teams from imposing suspensions in these kinds of cases.
Bell also was charged with DUI in the incident a week ago.
Steelers make a slew of cuts
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The Steelers released offensive linemen Chris Elkins
and Emmanuel McCray
, defensive linemen Hebron Fangupo
and Brian Arnfelt
, long snapper Luke Ingram
and running back Tauren Poole