Player Notes

  • Carroll says concern over Prosise durability
    Coach Pete Carroll admitted there are concerns about C.J. Prosise's durability.

    Advice: "I can’t tell you that I'm not concerned about C.J.," Carroll said. "He had trouble through the offseason. He was unavailable to us throughout, and there was a groin and a hammy and a wrist and the scapula thing he had. He has to show it." Durability concerns are probably the one thing that could hold Prosise back from being an every-down player, limiting him to 12-15 touches. Today, 8:03 am
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  • D-Will logs 21 touches in loss to New England
    DeAngelo Williams contributed 34 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while absorbing all seven of his targets for 51 yards Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Williams took over as the lead back after Le’Veon Bell went down with a groin injury late in the first quarter. D-Will offered a handful of nice runs including a five-yard touchdown dash in the second quarter, but was mostly bottled up against a stout Patriots’ run defense. He fell flat in the second half, recording just 10 yards on six carries after halftime. Williams made up for his lack of rushing success by playing an important role in the passing game, though none of it was enough to top a New England team that came ready to play on Sunday. It’s unclear what the future holds for Williams. He’s the oldest back in the NFL at age 33, but showed he still has something left in the tank by rushing for 258 yards during Bell’s three-game suspension earlier this season. The impending free agent may have one year left in him. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
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  • Groin injury limits Bell to 11 snaps in AFCCG
    Le'Veon Bell rushed six times for 20 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game Sunday in the Steelers' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Bell exited with a left groin injury late in the first quarter. He returned later in the half before leaving again on the same drive. Bell remained in uniform for the duration of the game, though it was pretty obvious he wasn’t coming back in. He ended up playing just 11 snaps while ceding workhorse duties to DeAngelo Williams. It was a disappointing end to a marvelous year for the fourth-year back. Bell is headed for free agency but the Steelers have made it clear they plan to give him the franchise tag if the two sides are unable to reach a long-term deal. You could make an argument for taking Bell first overall in fantasy drafts next summer, though Arizona’s David Johnson is also in that conversation. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
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  • Dion Lewis a non-factor in win over Pittsburgh
    Dion Lewis tallied 11 yards on six carries while securing both of his targets for eight yards Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Lewis emerged as New England’s clear lead back last week but played fewer snaps than both LeGarrette Blount and James White Sunday against Pittsburgh. New England’s run game was nonexistent until the second half and at that point the Patriots mostly leaned on Blount to kill clock. No team is more game-plan-dependent than the shape-shifter Patriots. We’ll see what they cook up against Atlanta in Super Bowl LI. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
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  • James White held to four touches in AFCCG
    James White carried the ball once for no gain while catching three-of-four targets for eight yards Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: During the regular season, White finished third among running backs in both catches (60) and receiving yards (551). However, he’s had a hard time carving a role for himself since Dion Lewis returned from knee surgery. He only played two fewer snaps than LeGarrette Blount on Sunday but was out-touched 17-4. At the very least, White will mix in on passing downs when he suits up against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Yesterday, 7:20 pm
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  • Blount scores as Pats advance to Super Bowl
    LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 47 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for eight yards Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Blount has spent the past month playing second fiddle to Dion Lewis but that changed on Sunday as he led the backfield with 17 touches. He was mostly held in check but did break out for a big run in the second half. Blount carried a host of defenders on his back en route to a highlight-reel 18-yard scramble in the third quarter. He plunged ahead for a one-yard touchdown on the following play. New England’s running game comes and goes but when they’re committed to it, the 250-pound Blount is always tough to bring down. Blount and the Patriots are headed to Super Bowl LI, where they will take on the Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston two weeks from today. Yesterday, 6:56 pm
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  • Aaron Ripkowski has NFCCG to forget
    Packers FB Aaron Ripkowski rushed three times for 11 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons, also losing a fumble.

    Advice: Ripkowski's giveaway was devastating, costing the Packers a potential touchdown and giving the Falcons a touchback. A 2015 sixth-rounder forced into far too big of a role this season, Ripkowski doesn't have a fantasy future. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
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  • Christine Michael has lousy NFCCG
    Christine Michael rushed six times for 11 yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: He "added" a three-yard catch. Michael reminded of why he's been cut so many times, giving back yards he had already gained. Now 26, Michael has all the raw ability in the world, but little clue of how to actually play football. An impending free agent, Michael will be up against it to make someone's 53-man roster next summer. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
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  • Tevin Coleman totals 64 yards in NFCCG
    Tevin Coleman rushed 11 times for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers, adding three catches for 35 additional yards.

    Advice: It was business as usual in the Falcons' backfield, with Coleman operating as the 1B to Devonta Freeman's 1A. Coleman's big-play ability will be a potential X-factor in a Super Bowl 51 matchup with either New England or Pittsburgh. Yesterday, 3:48 pm
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  • Devonta Freeman totals 84 yards, TD vs. Pack
    Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 42 yards in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game win over the Packers, adding four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

    Advice: It was a typical day at the office for Freeman, who split work with Tevin Coleman and looked better than his relatively modest stats. Freeman slashes and burns like few backs in the NFL. He will be a Super Bowl 51 handful for either the Patriots or Steelers, who won't have the luxury of keying in on Freeman and Coleman thanks to the Falcons' electric passing attack. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
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  • Ty Montgomery suffers rib injury in NFCCG
    Packers RB Ty Montgomery rushed three times for 17 yards in the Pack's NFC Championship Game loss to the Falcons before departing with a rib injury.

    Advice: One of 2016’s most interesting stories, Montgomery had a few huge games, but also struggled mightily for consistency. The Pack did not trust the converted wideout to handle big workloads, a decision he justified by frequently suffering in-game nicks and bruises. Montgomery also dealt with complications stemming from his sickle-cell trait. Montgomery proved he can be a unique weapon out of the backfield, but the Pack will probably view him as a committee member heading into the offseason. Montgomery’s 2017 fantasy value will take a huge hit if he loses his wide receiver eligibility. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
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  • No big names in Falcons' NFCCG inactives
    Falcons declared RB Terron Ward, WR Nick Williams, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S Dashon Goldson, LB Josh Keyes, OL Wes Schweitzer, and TE DJ Tialavea inactive for the NFC Championship Game against the Packers.

    Advice: There are no big names here for the relatively healthy Falcons. Yesterday, 10:45 am
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  • Report: Rob Kelley underwent knee surgery's Ben Standig reports Rob Kelley underwent surgery on his right knee following Washington's season-ending loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Kelley suffered the injury in Week 16, played with a brace against the Giants, and had the knee operated on shortly after the loss. A source told Standig the surgery was "relatively minor" and "dealt with the meniscus." Kelley averaged just 3.33 yards per carry over the Redskins' final six games and showed next to no passing-game ability. He'll face competition for his starting job in 2017. Friday, 10:51 pm
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  • Starks (concussion) out for NFC Championship
    James Starks (concussion) is out for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

    Advice: It will be Starks' sixth straight absence. The Packers will continue to roll with Ty Montgomery as the lead back. Even if the Packers advance to the Super Bowl, Starks remains a long shot to play again this year. Friday, 1:25 pm
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  • Dwayne Washington 'still learning how to play'
    Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Dwayne Washington is "still learning how to play NFL football."

    Advice: It comes on the heels of an up-and-down rookie year for the seventh-round pick. "I think he would maybe like some of his runs back," said Cooter. Washington saw more snaps than expected with Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick on the shelf, but he was phased out down the stretch as the Lions went with Zach Zenner. Washington isn't a lock to keep his roster spot this summer. Friday, 11:24 am
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  • Browns, Crowell 'stalemate' in contract talks
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns have reached a "stalemate" in extension talks with restricted free agent Isaiah Crowell.

    Advice: RapSheet contends the sides were in "heavy talks" at one point. It doesn't make much sense for the Browns to commit long term to Crowell when they can retain him with a cheap restricted free agent tender. Crowell is a solid runner who averaged 4.8 yards per carry this past season, but his monetary value is minimal as a two-down grinder who already has over 500 NFL carries under his belt. Friday, 11:06 am
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  • Peterson interested in Texans, Bucs, Giants
    Adrian Peterson said he is interested in playing for the Texans, Bucs, and Giants.

    Advice: Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings, but there seems to be little hope he remains with the team next season. Owed $18 million in salary and bonuses including a $6 million roster bonus due on March 11, there is also little chance any team trades for the aging star. That means Peterson should have his pick of the litter once he is released, but none of these teams are viable options right now. The Texans just spent a lot of money on Lamar Miller, and Peterson is not a good fit in the Giants' shotgun-heavy attack. The Bucs could be an option if they decide to move on from Doug Martin, but Peterson is not a better player than Martin at this point in his career and might end up costing more. Along with Tony Romo, Peterson's search for a new team will be one of the biggest storylines this offseason. Thursday, 9:09 am
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  • Lynn: Gordon's game 'growing like a weed'
    New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Melvin Gordon's game is "growing like a weed."

    Advice: "He’s very dynamic," Lynn said. "He took his game to another level, and we’re going to help him take it even further." Lynn wants to run a "balanced" offense, which is not surprising considering his history as a running backs coach. Lynn has been involved in seven 1,000-yard seasons in his 14 years as an RBs coach or offensive coordinator including LeSean McCoy's 1,267-yard effort in 2016. Gordon should see as much work as he can handle moving forward. Thursday, 6:36 am
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  • Ryan Mathews a candidate for release/pay cut
    Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski considers Ryan Mathews a candidate to be released or asked to take a pay cut.

    Advice: Mathews is entering the final year of his contract, and his $4 million base salary is currently ninth-highest among all running backs. In no way is Mathews a top-10 back in this league, and he's coming off a serious neck injury suffered in Week 16. Cutting Mathews would clear $4 million in cap space. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
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  • Report: Woodhead six weeks ahead of schedule
    The San Diego Union-Tribune reports impending free agent Danny Woodhead (torn ACL) is "six weeks" ahead of schedule in his recovery.

    Advice: Reporter Michael Gehlken posted a video of Woodhead running with great velocity and even doing some cutting. Woodhead is four months removed from going down. He should still have at least 2-3 months of intensive rehab remaining, but it appears he could be close to 100 percent for training camp. One week shy of his 32nd birthday, Woodhead is one of the league's best pass-catching backs, but missed the majority of two of the past three seasons with injury. Tuesday, 11:17 am
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