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    • DeAngelo Williams (hand) practicing in full
      DeAngelo Williams (hand) is practicing in full for Week 17.

      Advice: Williams should have a limited role Sunday against Atlanta. He doesn't project for more than change of pace carries in his return. Jonathan Stewart is averaging a league-high 109 yards per game over the last four weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:24 pm
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    • Ronnie Hillman practices in full
      Ronnie Hillman (foot) practiced in full Wednesday for the first time since his Week 10 injury.

      Advice: Hillman practiced on a limited basis last week, but was ruled inactive on Monday night against the Bengals. The Broncos often make their injured players practice for two weeks before activating them. So we'd consider Hillman on track to play against the Raiders in Week 17, serving as one of C.J. Anderson's backups. It's hard to see Hillman stealing anything more than 3-5 touches from Anderson, who has played at an extremely high level in his six starts. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:22 pm
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    • Pierre Thomas not at practice
      Pierre Thomas did not practice Wednesday due to a rib injury.

      Advice: When Thomas left the Week 16 loss to the Falcons early, it was announced as a foot injury. Now he's listed with a rib issue. Regardless, we should consider Thomas very questionable for Sunday's meaningless game at Tampa. His absence would upgrade the situation for Mark Ingram and give Khiry Robinson a shot at a few extra touches. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:17 pm
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    • Steven Jackson (quad) expected to sit Sunday
      Steven Jackson (quad) is not expected to play in Sunday's Week 17 game against the Panthers.

      Advice: At age 31, Jackson wasn't going to recover from a pulled quad muscle in seven days. So the Falcons will roll into their showdown for the NFC South with a committee of Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers at running back. Practice squad callup Jerome Smith will be the No. 3 back. Note that following S-Jax's injury last week, Rodgers played 25 snaps compared to 18 for Freeman. Quizz will handle more of the third-down work and pass game duties, while the rookie handles more base work. We far prefer Freeman as the plug-n-play -- he's more versatile and a better inside runner. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:07 pm
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    • Carlos Hyde still not practicing
      Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Hyde will likely miss his second straight game against the Cardinals. Alfonso Smith should continue to back up Frank Gore. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:08 pm
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    • Joique Bell (Achilles) limited Wednesday
      Joique Bell (Achilles) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Lions OC Joe Lombardi doesn't expect Bell's injury to keep him out this week. Bell was suspended for the first quarter of Sunday's win, but should start and handle the majority of carries against the Packers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:53 pm
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    • Ryan Mathews unable to practice Wednesday
      Ryan Mathews (ankle) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Mathews hasn't played the last two games and has yet to resume practicing. Coach Mike McCoy said there's a "possibility" he returns for Sunday's must-win game against the Chiefs, but he's trending in the wrong direction. The Chargers will go with a committee of Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown if Mathews sits out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:27 am
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    • LeGarrette Blount back at practice
      LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) practiced Wednesday.

      Advice: Blount also practiced all of last week, but was ruled out on Saturday. We'll consider him questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, especially with the Patriots already having clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:40 am
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    • DeMarco Murray practicing Wednesday
      DeMarco Murray (hand) is practicing Wednesday.

      Advice: On paper, the Cowboys can still earn a first-round bye. But they would need both the Seahawks to lose at home to the Rams and the Cardinals to lose at San Francisco. So it's unclear just how motivated they will be at Washington Sunday, which could lead to a limited workload for Murray. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:31 am
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    • Rashad Jennings back at practice
      Rashad Jennings (ankle) resumed practicing Wednesday.

      Advice: Jennings isn't going to just pack it in even though he's repeatedly aggravated his ankle sprain in meaningless games down the stretch. If he can play against Philly Sunday, he'll likely share the work with Andre Williams. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:25 am
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    • Henry Josey signs with Vikings
      Vikings signed RB Henry Josey off the Jaguars practice squad.

      Advice: It's a nice speculative pickup for a Vikings team that just gave up on Ben Tate. Josey opened eyes in the preseason for the Eagles, rushing 34 times for 225 yards (6.58 YPC) and adding 3-39-1 through the air. The UDFA scatback out Missouri of ran a 4.43 at the Combine. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:55 am
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    • Falcons call up Jerome Smith from p-squad
      Falcons signed RB Jerome Smith off their practice squad.

      Advice: It's a sign that Steven Jackson's quad is healing slower than the Falcons anticipated. That shouldn't come as a huge surprise given S-Jax's age and history with soft tissue injuries. We'll know more on the look of the Falcons' backfield by the end of the week, but Devonta Freeman is a good bet to be seriously involved. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:42 am
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    • GM Baalke says he wants Frank Gore back
      49ers GM Trent Baalke said he wants impending free agent Frank Gore back in 2015.

      Advice: Baalke is only going to want the career-long Niner to return under his terms. That likely means on a very cheap contract with an understanding that the team needs to feature Carlos Hyde more. Gore, who will turn 32 in May, takes a 230-962-4 line into Sunday's finale against the Cardinals. "Frank is going to want to discuss his role, and what that role is going to be moving forward," Baalke said. "What is the contract itself going to look like? We can both want each other's company, but to make that happen, there are hurdles that are going to have to be crossed." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:06 am
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    • Vikings give up on Ben Tate after five games
      Vikings waived RB Ben Tate.

      Advice: Tate made it all of five games in Minnesota, touching the ball in only three of them. Tate closes the book on his Vikings career with 13 carries for 38 scoreless yards (2.92 YPC). For the season, Tate's YPC sits at a dreadful 3.11. Although Tate is only 26, he's looked used up. Tate has a long history of minor injuries. According to ESPN's Field Yates, both the Colts and Cardinals tried to claim Tate in November. It's possible they'll try to do so again ahead of the playoffs, but we wouldn't be surprised if Tate passes through the wire unclaimed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:50 pm
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    • Justin Forsett insists his ankle is 'fine'
      Justin Forsett continues to insist his ankle is "fine" and "ready to go."

      Advice: Forsett is trying not to submit to injury as he wraps up an impressive season as the Ravens' feature back. But he sustained a knee tweak a couple weeks ago and keeps spraining an ankle. The latest roll of that ankle cost him the final nine minutes of the Week 16 loss at Houston. Expect Forsett to play in a dream matchup at home against the Browns' league-worst run defense Sunday, but anyone rostering him needs to know he's not at 100 percent. Fitzgerald Toussaint replaced Bernard Pierce as the No. 2 back last week. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:39 am
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    • Bernard Pierce falls behind Toussaint
      Bernard Pierce played behind Fitzgerald Toussaint in Sunday's Week 16 loss at Houston.

      Advice: Pierce has really fallen from grace this season. Expected to shine as the lead back for Gary Kubiak after Ray Rice's dismissal, Pierce instead lost work to the likes of Lorenzo Taliaferro and Toussaint. It's notable with Justin Forsett's ankle gimpy once again. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:33 am
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    • Gio Bernard totals 81 yards, TD in MNF win
      Giovani Bernard rushed for 36 yards on eight carries in the Bengals' Week 16 win over the Broncos, adding five catches for 45 yards and one touchdown.

      Advice: The past two weeks, Bernard has been doing more with less. And that's how it was in 2013. The Bengals realized Bernard isn't a workhorse back, and he's taken a side seat next to 1A Jeremy Hill. Hill out-touched Bernard 22-13, but both did work with their looks. Bernard looked like his rookie self on his 22-yard touchdown, catching the ball at the line of scrimmage and shedding a tackle before making another defender miss on his way to the end zone. The past two weeks, he's managed 184 total yards on 31 touches. Bernard and Hill are going to have to carry the Bengals in the playoffs. They'll wrap up Week 17 against the Steelers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:16 pm
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    • C.J. Anderson totals 138 yards, TD In MNF loss
      C.J. Anderson rushed for 83 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in the Broncos' Week 16 loss to the Bengals.

      Advice: He added 55 yards on eight catches. Anderson was the offense for the Broncos for long stretches of the night, but the Bengals played some stout defense at times. Anderson's touchdown came from one yard away in the third quarter, as he walked into the end zone behind an eligible sixth lineman. With Peyton Manning showing signs of his age the past few weeks, especially Monday, the Broncos are going to have to ride Anderson in the playoffs. The Broncos get the Raiders in Week 17. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:12 pm
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    • Sankey not seeing blocking assignments
      Titans RBs coach Sylvester Croom said Bishop Sankey "does a pretty good job physically pass-blocking, but has been inconsistent with "assignments and recognizing defenses."

      Advice: The Titans coaches have had a lot of problems with Sankey this year, ranging from "footwork" to blocking. He has lost goal-line work to Shonn Greene and pass-down reps to both Leon Washington and Dexter McCluster. It's resulted in 148-551-2 (3.72 YPC) for Sankey, who was the first running back off the board in May's draft. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:28 am
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    • West's practice week left him on sideline
      Coach Mike Pettine said a poor week of practice was the reason Terrance West played zero snaps in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

      Advice: West went from starting the previous two weeks to playing behind Shaun Draughn Sunday. The third-round rookie has been in and out of the doghouse all season, highlighted by a healthy scratch in Week 6 and a 26-94-1 performance in Week 10. Pettine is earning a reputation in fantasy circles as an unpredictable coach when it comes to usage. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:13 am
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