Player Notes

  • Ravens' backfield may be four-headed monster
    ESPN's Jamison Hensley suggested the Ravens could employ a four-back committee to start the season.

    Advice: With nobody playing well enough to separate from the group, Hensley thinks the Ravens could open the season with Justin Forsett as the starter, Buck Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon as third-down backs, and Terrance West as the short-yardage option. That kind of split seems unlikely, but it is a reminder of how fluid the situation is in Baltimore's backfield. For now, Forsett is still the best fantasy option, but the best play could be to just stay away. Today, 7:16 am
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  • Bowles said Matt Forte will play this week
    Jets coach Todd Bowles said Matt Forte (hamstring) will make his debut Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Bowles said over the weekend he hoped to get Forte "a few snaps" against the Giants, and it looks like that is still the plan. "I hope so, if he doesn’t have any setbacks," Bowles said. "I want him to get hit before our first game. I don’t want that to be the first time." Forte missed a large chunk of training camp with a hamstring injury, but he has reportedly looked sharp since returning. Today, 6:45 am
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  • Lions release veteran RB Stevan Ridley
    Lions released RB Stevan Ridley.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall after Ridley played behind Zach Zenner, George Winn, and rookie Dwayne Washington this preseason. By releasing him now, the Lions have at least given Ridley a shot to latch on somewhere else -- and perhaps offset some of the $250,000 guaranteed they owe him -- but he has not proven to be an effective back since shredding his knee in 2014. The 27-year-old could be nearing the end. With Ridley gone, Zenner is now locked in as the big-back complement to Ameer Abdullah. Today, 6:00 am
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  • Jags release Jonas Gray with injury settlement
    Jaguars released RB Jonas Gray with an injury settlement.

    Advice: That takes him off the Jaguars' injured reserve list. Gray hurt his quad early on in training camp and it's unclear when he might return. He managed just 54 yards on 14 carries in his two games for Jacksonville last season. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
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  • Mularkey: We will get Derrick Henry on field
    Coach Mike Mularkey promised Wednesday that the Titans will "find ways" to get Derrick Henry on the field this season.

    Advice: Mularkey confirmed DeMarco Murray is the "starter," but the Titans are likely to use a two-back offense that could expand to three if Dexter McCluster is incorporated as the passing-down specialist. Henry has looked genuinely special this August. The Titans would be foolish to not give him 10-14 touches per game. With that said, Murray has dominated the first-team preseason snaps so far. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
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  • J. Langford (foot) back in limited practice
    Jeremy Langford (foot) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Langford appears to be questionable at best for the Bears' regular season dress rehearsal, but this is a step in the right direction after his foot was stepped on in Chicago's second preseason game, and Langford spent the next day in a walking boot. All signs still point to this being a minor "injury". Yesterday, 12:35 pm
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  • Carroll: Thomas Rawls will play Week 1 opener
    Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Thomas Rawls (ankle) will not play in the third preseason game, but did say Rawls "will play in the season opener."

    Advice: It's pretty much as expected and what has been reported the past few days. But it's good to hear it straight from the coach's mouth, even if that coach sees things through rose-colored glasses. Rawls resumed practicing without limitations three days ago. He needs to start the season strong to hold off a back-from-the-dead Christine Michael, who has looked impressive this preseason. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
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  • Kenyan Drake could open season on I.R.?
    The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson believes third-round RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) could open the season on injured reserve.

    Advice: New I.R. rules implemented this season allow teams to stash players on the injured list and then later make a call which one they want to activate off "designated for return." Jackson thinks it could be Drake in an effort to get all four of Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi, Isaiah Pead, and Damien Williams on the opening day, 53-man roster. Drake has missed a ton of practice time with a pulled hammy. Yesterday, 8:32 am
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  • Eagles to 'feature' Sproles in the pass game
    The Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman expects the Eagles to "feature" Darren Sproles in the passing game this season.

    Advice: According to Berman, new OC Frank Reich said that every week during meetings, the coaching staff would ask, "How can we get this guy the football?" regarding Sproles. The 33-year-old caught 55 passes last season, but could jump back up into the 65-75 range similar to his New Orleans days. Ryan Mathews isn't going to play on third downs, leaving all of that work to Sproles. Reich was the Chargers' OC last season when Danny Woodhead caught 80 balls. Yesterday, 6:46 am
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  • Marcus Murphy struggling with fumbles
    Coach Sean Payton called out second-year KR/RB Marcus Murphy for his fumbling issues.

    Advice: In June, Murphy said he hoped to earn an offensive role this season, but he's closer to being cut than playing snaps with Drew Brees. Murphy's fumbles have been evident in practice, and he's also put the ball on the ground twice through two preseason games. Murphy will never be an offensive weapon. Tuesday, 6:54 pm
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  • Suspended Karlos Williams visited the Jets
    Suspended free agent RB Karlos Williams visited the Jets.

    Advice: It's Williams' first-known visit since he cleared waivers on Monday. ESPN New York's termed the visit as "due diligence," and says a deal is not imminent. Suspended and overweight, Williams will be signing at the nadir of his value if he finds a new home this week. His best course of action may be getting his body right and building his extremely slim leverage. Tuesday, 3:50 pm
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  • Jamaal Charles gets in a full practice
    Jamaal Charles (knee) was a full participant in team drills on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first time in camp Charles has been full-go for 11-on-11s. Charles isn't going to see any preseason action, but is right on course for Week 1. Tuesday, 1:53 pm
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  • C.J. Prosise will play on Thursday
    Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise is expected to see time in Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: The third-round rookie missed Seattle's first two exhibition games. Prosise had been ticketed for third-down duties, but has since been passed up by a resurgent Christine Michael. Prosise isn't on the re-draft radar for Week 1. Tuesday, 12:46 pm
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  • Jeremy Hill poised for a 'huge' season?
    The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. believes Jeremy Hill is "going to have a huge year."

    Advice: Dehner also said he expects Hill to record more yards from scrimmage than Gio Bernard. Coming off a disappointing sophomore effort, Hill has looked excellent so far this preseason. He is a nice value in the fifth and sixth rounds. Tuesday, 9:46 am
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  • Garrett confirms Elliott will play Thursday
    Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) will play Thursday.

    Advice: Adam Schefter reported as much on Monday, but it is nice to get the confirmation. Garrett said the plan is for Zeke to see 8-to-12 touches in his NFL debut. Even with Alfred Morris shining in the preseason, Elliott should open the season as the clear workhorse in Dallas. Tuesday, 8:54 am
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  • Pagano: Backup running back spot 'very fluid'
    Colts coach Chuck Pagano said the backup running back job is "very fluid."

    Advice: Undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson opened the preseason as the No. 2, but he has struggled mightily through two weeks. Robert Turbin served as the backup last week, and he would seem to have the best chance to secure the job. Frank Gore is locked in as the starter. Tuesday, 8:47 am
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  • Gase wants a 'long look' at Foster this week
    Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he hopes to "take a long look" at Arian Foster this week.

    Advice: "We didn't have much to evaluate," Gase said of Foster's first preseason action last week. "Whatever carries he had, there wasn't much there to try to create." Foster was held to -5 yards on two carries in his debut, but the line carries much of the blame for his struggles. Foster should get plenty of opportunities to redeem himself Thursday night against the Falcons. Tuesday, 6:32 am
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  • Patriots release RB Donald Brown, two others
    Patriots released RB Donald Brown.

    Advice: New England also moved on from veterans CB E.J. Biggers and DE Frank Kearse. Brown was expected to be a strong competitor for a roster spot after landing $300,000 guaranteed on his one-year deal, but he spent most of training camp on the sidelines with an undisclosed injury. With Brown now out of the picture, Tyler Gaffney has a good shot to crack the final 53. Tuesday, 6:27 am
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  • Matt Jones (shoulder) done for the preseason
    The Redskins will hold Matt Jones (shoulder) out for the rest of the preseason, but believe he has made "great strides" in his recovery.

    Advice: Jones has a "second degree" separation. It's discouraging news, but ultimately not alarming. The Redskins have every reason to be cautious with their sophomore back, and even if he needs the reps, it's not worth risking a setback. Jones is still the clear starter heading into Week 1. Coach Jay Gruden has said UDFA Rob Kelley will get "a lot" of first-team reps in Jones' absence. Monday, 11:54 am
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  • Jonathan Williams could open season inactive
    ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak believes fifth-round RB Jonathan Williams could open the season as a gameday inactive.

    Advice: Williams worked ahead of Mike Gillislee in the second preseason game even before Gillislee was forced to exit with a concussion, but Rodak believes the rookie is still fourth on the depth chart. Rodak also believes Reggie Bush "continues to look the part of the Bills' No. 2." LeSean McCoy is locked into the starting job, but it will be interesting to see how the backfield shakes out if McCoy goes down. Monday, 8:12 am
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