Although he couldn't find much running room, Ware did encouragingly reach the 20-carry mark for just the third time on the season. On the other hand, he was under 3.0 yards per rush for the second straight week and third time on the campaign, as the Raiders were able to contain him outside of one eight-yard scamper. Ware's passing game involvement was also down Thursday, as he failed to log multiple receptions for the first time in eight games. However, he remains a vital cog of the Chiefs' attack, and will look to bounce back with some better overall numbers against the Titans in Week 15.
Richard was an effective change-of-pace option to bell-cow back Latavius Murray, who tallied 22 of the 28 running back touches. The rookie has tallied between six and nine carries in each of the last three games, and with his ability to handle both returner roles as well if needed, has helped render fellow first-year player DeAndre Washington expendable on game days in recent weeks. Given his solid performances in limited opportunities, Richard's role, modest as it may be, appears secure for now.
Murray was about the only bright spot on a night where Derek Carr endured the worst game of his career and the frigid temperatures lent themselves well to the running game. It was only Murray's second 100-yard performance of the season, as well as his third straight game with at least one rushing touchdown. He was notably shut out in the passing game for the first time in 2016, however, but given his track record as an effective receiver ou of the backfield, this was likely just an outlier. Murray has now seen his rushing yardage totals increase in three straight games and will look to keep the momentum going against the Chargers in Week 15.
Embedded within his second week of a three-week window for activation from the non-football injury list, McFadden has been working with the scout team as the Cowboys prepare for Sunday night's road showdown with the Giants. His recovery from May's broken elbow has taken far longer than expected, but Ezekiel Elliott's excellence has allowed Dallas' staff to take a prudent approach with the team's leading rusher from last season. If McFadden makes an appearance in the current campaign, he must be bumped to the active roster by Dec. 18, when the Cowboys host the Buccaneers.
When tending to a lingering ankle injury in advance of the previous five contests, Riddick consistently logged limited practices. The tables turned this week, as a wrist issue was cited as the impetus for Wednesday's absence. Back in action as a limited participant Thursday, he's on pace for his typical questionable designation before handling the larger share of snaps among the Lions' running backs on game day.
After a limited showing Wednesday, there are two valid reasons for Thursday's absence: either Ingram suffered a setback, or he was afforded a rest day. Ultimately, his activity level Friday will back up one of the two scenarios, but a veteran day off is more likely in order to avoid excess wear and tear on the Saints' No. 1 running back.
Allen was inactive prior to Sunday's win over the Dolphins due to a non-football injury. His return to the practice field is a reassuring sign he could return for Monday night's tilt with the Patriots, but look for more official updates to come over the weekend.
The team's assessment may differ from that of Vereen, but his confidence is certainly an encouraging sign that he's closing in on a return. With two weeks remaining to activate Vereen from injured reserve, the Giants can delay making a decision due to the healthy nature of the current backfield. If he's made available Sunday against the Cowboys, a pass-catching role behind Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins would likely be bestowed upon Vereen.
After turning in a limited session Wednesday, Williams logged an absence Thursday, thus suggesting that the veteran back is not a lock to return to action Sunday against the Bills. More on Williams' status no later than Friday, after the Steelers release their final Week 14 injury report.
With Robinson battling a high-ankle sprain and Chris Ivory still dealing with a hamstring issue, it's possible that Corey Grant could see added touches Sunday against the Vikings behind T.J. Yeldon (ankle), who is practicing fully this week.