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Saints Beat: Mark Ingram to return to 'some form of timeshare' as committee gets healthy

Friday, October 31, 2014, 4:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Will the Saints keep riding Ingram once fellow backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas return from injuries?

Chances are, the Saints will return to some form of timeshare -- mainly because those two guys are so talented and were also thriving in their part-time roles before they got hurt.

When asked again Friday if Ingram has earned the opportunity to play a greater role at the head of the timeshare, Payton seemed open-minded.

"Listen, he certainly is [earning the opportunity]. Yet the key is just the durability. But he's been outstanding," Payton said. "I think that Sunday and then what he did last night, those are a lot of touches. And so we're gonna have to, as we get guys healthy, break those up. And yet to his credit, he's handled that workload. And I think our guys up front, I think it's all kind of come together to some degree."

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram has a couple of tough matchups in the next three weeks (San Francisco and Baltimore), but the Saints face the Panthers, Bears and Falcons in the fantasy playoffs, and even if he's the lead back in a timeshare, he should still be useful down the stretch.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:25pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The number of passing routes Arian Foster has run this season, ranking sixth among running backs behind Matt Forte, Le'Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, Shane Vereen and Justin Forsett.

Foster has caught 24 passes on those routes for 166 yards, which ranks 13th in the league among running backs. Foster also has two receiving touchdowns, more than all running backs except Ahmad Bradshaw, Forte and Marshawn Lynch.

Pack's medical staff 'very confident' in Aaron Rodgers' status

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 10:30am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Aaron Rodgers wasn't the same after tweaking his hamstring during Sunday night's 44-23 loss to the Saints, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the injury won't be an issue going forward.

"So far, so good I would say is how we're looking at it," McCarthy told reporters on Monday, per the Green Bay Press Gazette.

The coach didn't speak with Rodgers on Monday, but said Green Bay's medical staff feels "very confident" with their All-Pro quarterback's status, especially with a bye in Week 9. The Packers next play at home in Week 10 on Sunday Night Football against the Bears.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers ripped off a season-high 418 passing yards and ran for a 14-yard score late in the loss to New Orleans. He wasn't hobbled, but offensive coordinator Tom Clements acknowledged the team "stayed away from designed quarterback movement plays," although "he still moved around fairly well," the story pointed out. A bye in Week 9 comes at a great time for Rodgers who looks like he'll be ready to go Week 10, a Sunday night matchup at home against the Bears.

Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) says he won't miss time

Monday, October 27, 2014, 8:43am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Aaron Rodgers clearly wasn’t himself in the second half of last night’s loss to the Saints. But the Packers quarterback wasn’t making any excuses for himself either.

Some degree of hamstring issue left Rodgers limping slightly but noticeably after the 44-23 loss, but he insisted it wasn’t an issue.

“I’m not going to miss any time,” Rodgers said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. “If I felt it, then I had to back off a little bit. We had to do a little more in the shotgun but it wasn’t a big deal, ultimately.”

Apparently it was. His passer rating before the whatever-it-was was 133.1. After, it was 45.8, with a pair of interceptions which weren’t entirely the fault of his legs. And any element of him moving, the way he did when he scrambled for a first down, was gone.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that Rodgers didnt't even want to call the issue a hamstring injury. Whatever it was, the good news is the Packers are on a bye Week 9, and while we can't always trust players when it comes to comments on injuries, it seems like the time off will have Rodgers ready to go in Week 10 - a Sunday night matchup at home against the Bears.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8. Brady will be fine to face the Bears.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (illness, questionable) missed practice Friday and is questionable for Week 8. We’re not worried about Vereen’s status, though it will be something to monitor on Sunday morning when inactives are released. If he can’t play (not likely), then Jonas Gray, Brandon Bolden and James White would divvy up the touches in the Patriot backfield. It wouldn’t be an attractive situation, though it would likely be Gray leading the team in carries in that scenario since he ran ahead of Bolden and White last week. Anything can happen with HC Bill Belichick calling the shots. If Vereen is active, he’s locked in as a high-end RB2 in a mediocre matchup against the Bears.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 8. Bennett is ready to go for a nice matchup with the Patriots.

Patriots have 'no worry' about RB Shane Vereen (illness) missing practice

Friday, October 24, 2014, 2:11pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Running back Shane Vereen was not present for today's practice due to an illness, according to a source. It's the first time he missed a practice since the start of training camp, but there's no worry from Gillette Stadium because he was sick and not injured.

Fantasy Impact:

Vereen was surprisingly absent from Friday's practice, but it sounds as if he came down with the flu. He should be fine to face the Bears in Week 8.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Brady should be fine to face the Bears.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. The hamstring injury wasn’t apparent on Sunday, so we’re assuming Bennett will play in Week 8 against the Patriots. He returned to practice, which is a great sign.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Clay has been bothered by the knee injury all season but he finally caught a TD against the Bears in Week 7.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Brady should be fine to face the Bears.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. The hamstring injury wasn’t apparent on Sunday, so we’re assuming Bennett will play in Week 8 against the Patriots.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Clay has been bothered by the knee injury all season but he finally caught a TD against the Bears in Week 7.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. Tannehill is fully expected to play against the Bears.