Reggie Bush
49ers' Reggie Bush: Expects to start running in a week
Reggie Bush, RB, SF
2/13/2016
News: Bush (knee) is expected to start running in one week, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Bush's tenure with the 49ers got off to a rocky start after straining his calf in the season opener. The injury lingered through October, and he eventually suffered an ignominious knee injury in Week 8 at St. Louis, where he slipped on concrete at the conclusion of a punt return. After a diagnosis of MCL and meniscus tears in that knee, his season was over with just eight carries for 28 yards and four receptions (on 10 targets) for 19 yards in five games. Interested parties will likely put the soon-to-be 31-year-old through the ringer to ensure that he's progressing well in the expected 4-to-6 month recovery, and while he appears dead set on playing in 2016, in what capacity remains to be seen.

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Matt Forte
Bears' Matt Forte: Not returning to Chicago
Matt Forte, RB, CHI
2/13/2016
News: Forte was informed by the Bears' front office this week that they won't attempt to re-sign the unrestricted free agent.

Forte had already expressed what he expected to occur in the offseason, which has seemingly come to fruition. While he'll join the likes of Doug Martin and Lamar Miller on the free-agent market, Forte's versatility could help him serve as one of the final pieces of a playoff-worthy organization. In eight seasons with the Bears, Forte surpassed 1,000 rushing yards on five occasions, reeled in at least 44 catches in each campaign, and reached the end zone 64 times in 120 games.

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LeSean McCoy
Bills' LeSean McCoy: Arrest warrant to be delayed
LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
2/11/2016
News: Philadelphia authorities likely won't issue arrest warrants until next week for McCoy (knee) and three others that were involved in an alleged assault of two off-duty police offices at a night club early Sunday morning, CSN Philadelphia reports.

The investigation by the District Attorney's office is "moving slowly for a reason," likely in order to put together as many of the pieces of the puzzle as possible. In addition to any legal concerns related to the incident, McCoy can be expected to face consequences from the NFL, but those will likely be delayed while the case works its way through the court system.

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Ronnie Hillman
Broncos' Ronnie Hillman: Fails to collect a yard in Super Bowl 50
Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
2/9/2016
News: Hillman ran the ball five times, but was held to no yardage in Sunday's Super Bowl victory over Carolina.

Hillman never moved more than three yards beyond the line of scrimmage and three of his five carries went for negative yardage. Running up against the likes of Kawann Short and Luke Kuechly will do that to a back, but Hillman's counterpart, C.J. Anderson, managed to collect 100 total yards. For the playoffs, Anderson totaled 273 yards and nine catches while Hillman was held to 61 total yards and one catch. Both are free agents this offseason and Anderson made the better final impression on Sunday.

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Montee Ball
Montee Ball: Charged for alleged incident
Montee Ball, RB, NE
2/8/2016
News: Ball was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct in connection with an alleged incident with his girlfriend last Friday morning, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Ball spent this past weekend in jail as a result of the confrontation, and while he avoided a potential felony on his record, routine police work in the aftermath of Friday's argument could prove to make this situation worse for the running back. During an interview with an officer, it was revealed that older bruises around her mouth were the result of Ball allegedly striking her with the back of his right hand on Feb. 1. While the initial misdemeanor has a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail, the latter equates to misdemeanor battery, which comes with a maximum jail sentence of nine months. His fate won't be known until a Mar. 1 court date, at which point the NFL will likely make a ruling on the matter.

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Marshawn Lynch
Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch: Expected to retire
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
2/8/2016
News: Lynch's agent confirmed with the Associated Press on Monday that the running back intends to retire, Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com reports.

Every leak over the last two days has pointed to Lynch calling it a career, from Adam Schefter of ESPN stating Sunday that the RB has shared his thought process with teammates, Lynch himself tweeting a 'peace' emoji and a picture of green cleats hanging from a nail during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50, and the Seahawks' official site acknowledging the announcement shortly thereafter. The comments from Lynch's agent appear to be the cherry on top of the sundae, but the media-shy enigma will likely hold a press conference at some point to clear the final hurdle to retirement.

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C.J. Anderson
Broncos' C.J. Anderson: Posts 100 yards of total offense, touchdown in Super Bowl victory
C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
2/8/2016
News: Anderson gained 90 yards on 23 carries and scored a rushing touchdown, while also securing four of four targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers.

The third-year pro was named the starter heading into the game and was the clear-cut workhorse on the day, earning 90 tough yards against a talented Panthers front seven. The 23 carries were by far a season high for Anderson, who tallied 234 yards over three postseason games. He ripped off his game-long 34-yard run in the second quarter on the second play following a Mike Tolbert fumble, and impressively muscled his way into the end zone late in the fourth quarter for the deciding touchdown following Von Miller's strip sack of Cam Newton. Anderson was once again productive in 2015 as part of a timeshare in the Denver backfield, and likely goes into the offseason set to compete with Ronnie Hillman for starting duties once again in 2016.

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Jonathan Stewart
Panthers' Jonathan Stewart: Gains 29 yards rushing, scores touchdown in Super Bowl loss
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
2/7/2016
News: Stewart gained 29 yards on 12 carries and scored a rushing touchdown, while securing one of two targets for a loss of one yard in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.

The eight-year veteran, who endured foot and ankle ailments late in the season and postseason, avoided serious injury in the first quarter after his left leg was trapped under several players following a run and he was momentarily bent backward at an awkward angle. Stewart limped off the field and returned late in the period, eventually diving into the end zone from one-yard out early in the second quarter to close out a nine-play, 73-yard drive. The 28-year-old otherwise found tough sledding on the ground against a ferocious Denver front that yielded little on the day. Although his season concluded with a thud, Stewart gave the Panthers reason to believe he is capable of carrying out the feature back role effectively, gaining 989 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in 13 regular season contests.

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Cameron Artis-Payne
Panthers' Cameron Artis-Payne: Inactive Sunday
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, CAR
2/7/2016
News: Artis-Payne (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Broncos.

Artis-Payne dropped the ball in the divisional round against the Seahawks, but his relegation to the inactive list the past two games had more to do with the relative health of the backfield than any other factor.

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Todd Gurley
Rams' Todd Gurley: Named Offensive Rookie of the Year
Todd Gurley, RB, STL
2/6/2016
News: Gurley was named Offensive Rookie of the Year at Saturday's NFL Awards Ceremony, Connor Orr of NFL.com reports.

Less than one year removed from a torn ACL in his final season at Georgia, Gurley found traction in his second career game on Oct. 4 against Arizona and was one of the best backs in the league from there. Starting with his 146-yard showing against the Cardinals, Gurley reached the 100-yard mark in four consecutive games. He finished the year third in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,106 behind only Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin. Gurley beat out Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston and Oakland's Amari Cooper to take home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

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