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Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 8:30pm

TitansOnline.com - [Full Article]

The Titans signed RB Antonio Andrews from their practice squad to their active 53-man roster.

Signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky in 2014, Andrews carried 21 times for 137 yards (6.5 avg.), including a long of 47 during the Titans' 2014 preseason.

Andrews was released on final cuts and subsequently signed to the team's practice squad after he cleared waivers.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:28pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball returned -- briefly -- to the practice field Tuesday, but the Broncos had enough concerns about their overall depth at running back to tweak the roster.

Ball, who suffered a right groin injury in the Broncos’ Oct. 5 win over the Arizona Cardinals, was in a jersey and on the practice field during the open period of practice for the first time since the injury. Ball went through the pre-practice stretching with the team and then went to work with the strength and conditioning coaches.

The Broncos have planned for Ball to miss at least three weeks with the injury -- and Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers will be the third game Ball has missed -- so they promoted running back Kapri Bibbs from their practice squad, even as some teams in the league had started to circle the undrafted rookie with interest in signing him.

Bills Beat: RB Anthony Dixon could lead way vs. Jets

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:14pm

Joe Buscaglia on Twitter - [Full Article]

Everyone is waiting for Bills RB Bryce Brown to be unleashed. Don't be surprised if Anthony Dixon leads the way against the Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

Buscaglia added the Bills love Dixon. And it makes a lot of sense given C.J. Spiller's recent struggles and the team still not playing Brown. As we stated before, Brown may be the more talented back but is still a bit raw. On top of all of that, it's not a great matchup against the Jets.

C.J. Spiller placed on IR/Return

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 2:44pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

As expected, Bills running back C.J. Spiller has been placed on injured reserve after surgery to repair a broken collarbone. As not expected, he has been given the one-per-team-per-year designation for return.

With Week 8 approaching, it means Spiller can return to game action in Week 16.

Fantasy Impact:

Pro Football Talk is one outlet with sources saying Spiller is out for the season. However, with Spiller on IR/Return it means he could possibly play games at Oakland Week 16 and New England Week 17, along with any playoff games if healthy. While those are both pretty nice matchups, there's not a lot of reason to carry Spiller on your roster in typical redraft leagues.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:46pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

According to Redskins beat writers from CSN Washington, HC Jay Gruden seems to be losing his patience with the stagnant running game.

“Where do you want me to start?” he said Monday, asked what’s wrong with the ground attack.

But after saying Alfred Morris has missed some cutback opportunities in addition to numerous other systemic breakdowns, Gruden also gave Morris a vote of confidence, saying, “We still like Alfred. We still feel like he’s going to carry us to where we need to go.”

So it doesn’t sound to me like making a change is even in the discussion.

Fantasy Impact:

The normally consistent Morris has been anything but this year. It's a similar situation where LeSean McCoy is struggling but Darren Sproles has fewer carries but a higher yards per carry average. The same can be said for Roy Helu and Morris in Washington. Helu's carries are far and few between, but he's performing better behind a bad offensive line. The schedule does ease for the short term so we'll see if the team can get some momentum in the running game. The possible return of Robert Griffin III at QB could also help.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:39pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills are signing former Dallas Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner, according to a league source.

The Bills needed help at running back with injuries to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Tanner has visited the San Francisco 49ers this year and previously worked out for the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.

Tanner spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys and rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine receptions for 93 yards. He recorded 21 special teams tackles.

Fantasy Impact:

Tanner will be behind Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.

Darren Sproles back at practice

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:12pm

Eagles.com - [Full Article]

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) was on the practice field Tuesday.

HC Chip Kelly said that he will not make any decisions about their respective status for Sunday's game at Arizona until seeing them in action.

Fantasy Impact:

Sproles is still questionable according to beat writers, but it's a good sign he's on practice field at least. He also added that he thinks he'll play when speaking to the media on Tuesday. Original reports had Sproles missing this week against the Cardinals, but that remains to be seen. The team also had Chris Polk back at practice Tuesday, and didn't make any moves for RBs over their bye week.

Reggie Bush expects to play Week 8

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:23am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Lions RB Reggie Bush expects to play against the Falcons Week 8 in London.

"I'm fine," Bush said Tuesday before a community event at the University of Surrey, located about an hour from Central London. "I mean, I'm not 100 percent. But I haven't been 100 percent since high school.

"Got rolled up on a few times and injured in the (Saints) game. But I felt fine after the game, though. Didn't have any setbacks, and that's the most important thing. Looking to just continue to progress every week. I'll be on the field Sunday."

Fantasy Impact:

It's a great matchup against the Falcons but the potential is certainly there for the ankle injury to come up again.

Terrance West was benched vs. Jags

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:20am

Akron Beaon-Journal - [Full Article]

Rookie Terrance West was benched for the rest of the game after he gained just 1 yard on second-and-2 from the Jaguars’ 25-yard line and was then stopped for no gain on third-and-1 from the 24 late in the second quarter.

Instead of calling for a 42-yard field goal attempt, Pettine gambled on fourth-and-1, quarterback Brian Hoyer threw incomplete under pressure and the Jaguars responded with a three-play, 76-yard touchdown drive to capture a 7-6 halftime lead. They never trailed again.

West had room to run for a first down on both crucial carries. On second down, he had an opening off the right edge but danced in the hole. On third down, he ran into center John Greco after cutting back. West estimated he would have advanced 7 yards beyond the first-down marker had he not hesitated and collided with Greco.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns said they are going to re-evaluate the use of their three-back system, and it may be West who gets to watch a little more from the sideline after not hitting the hole against the Jags. Ben Tate seems to be the guy to own here, but the presence of West and Isaiah Crowell could cap his value as anything more than a flex play. The hope is this situation plays itself out, but the reality is we may hear a lot of talk about committees and hot hands.

Source: Reggie Wayne could miss a game or two

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:14am

rtv6 - [Full Article]

A source with knowledge of the situation said that while the injury to Reggie Wayne’s left elbow doesn’t appear to be serious, it could force him to miss a game or two. Coach Chuck Pagano didn’t reveal the results of a MRI on Wayne’s elbow during his Monday press conference.

Wayne suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s 27-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He went up for a pass from quarterback Andrew Luck and was knocked off balance by Bengals cornerback Adam Jones. Wayne cushioned his fall by using his left arm.

Fantasy Impact:

This keeps getting worse. Wayne eventually came back into the game last week after hurting the elbow, but then said after the game the injury wasn't a big deal. We had a report about the MRI on Monday. Hakeem Nicks could step into a bigger workload if Wayne misses time.

Pierre Thomas (shoulder) to miss 2-3 weeks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 10:04am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Running back Pierre Thomas will miss two to three weeks with a shoulder injury, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Thomas left Sunday's loss to Detroit early with the shoulder issue.

On the season, Thomas had just 30 carries for 133 yards, but will be seriously missed in the passing game. Thomas has by far the most targets out of any Saints running back, 29, and has come away with 26 catches so far.

Fantasy Impact:

This is potentially great news for Mark Ingram owners. We heard a lot in the offseason about Ingram's pass-catching ability. Before he got hurt he had just four catches and added two more his first week back last week against the Lions. Khiry Robinson may see a few extra carries, and Travaris Cadet will be a decent flex play in PPR formats, but Ingram should see additional snaps as well. The Saints play Green Bay in Week 8, and it's shaping up to be a great matchup for the NO rushing game.

Calvin Johnson back on field running

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 9:57am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Lions are one of the best teams in the NFC right now, and they've been succeeding with only sporadic help from the best offensive skill position player in football, WR Calvin Johnson.

"I'm back running," Johnson told NFL Media's Steve Wyche on Tuesday. "That's a great thing for me right now."

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson sat in last week's comeback win over the Saints after a lengthy pregame workout. The article made it seem like Johnson is eager to get back on the field this week. However as the story pointed out, with a bye looming in Week 9, sitting Johnson again makes a lot of sense if the Lions feel they can get through Week 8.

A.J. Green (toe) likely won't be 100-percent this season

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 9:50am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Last week, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis described the status of A.J. Green as “up in the air.” While Lewis expressed more optimism on Monday, Green has repeated the same assessment provided previously by Lewis.

“It’s still up in the air,” Green told NFL Network on Tuesday morning, “but it definitely feels better. We’ll see about this week.”

One thing we won’t see is a fully healthy A.J. Green until 2015, at the earliest.

“It’s probably not gonna be 100 percent, but I hope it’s just manageable,” Green said.

Fantasy Impact:

Green did add that he thinks he can still get through the season and play at a high level once he is able to play, but his injury is a cause for concern at his position. There could be a lot of missed practices, questionable statuses and maybe even game-time decisions in the future for Green owners.

Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:19pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The St. Louis Rams released wide receiver Austin Pettis on Monday, citing roster concerns elsewhere.

Pettis was inactive for Sunday's victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo reported that Pettis missed a meeting on Saturday. He caught 12 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown this season. He made 11 starts in four seasons with the Rams, who drafted him in the third round in 2011.

The Rams also released wide receiver Emory Blake from the practice squad.

Browns plan to look at RB rotation plan

Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:16pm

News Herald - [Full Article]

Too much of a good thing really might be too much when it comes to the Browns’ crowded stable at running back.

The Browns have played six games, but the one played Oct. 19 in Jacksonville was only the second in which Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West were all available for all four quarters. The game played in Tennessee was the other.

It wasn’t an issue in Nashville, where Tate carried 23 times for 123 yards, West seven times for 31 yards and Crowell six times for 19 yards because the Browns stormed back from being down, 28-3, to win, 29-28, and go into the NFL record books for the greatest come-from-behind road victory in the history of the NFL. In Jacksonville, however, the three amigos combined for 28 carries and 62 yards during an ego-bruising, 24-6 defeat, so now the theory is featuring three backs instead of two doesn’t allow any of them to get into a groove.

“We’ll have discussions this week how to best rotate those guys,” Coach Mike Pettine said in his day-after news conference. “It’s a good problem to have, but you’re still dealing with the word ‘problem’ so it’s something we have to plan for.”

Fantasy Impact:

No back was in the game for more than two consecutive series in Jacksonville, the story said. The backs also talked about how it's difficult to get into a rhythm when there are three backs in the rotation and earlier this year Tate said he preferred a two-back rotation. It sounds like the Browns are going to take a look at their rotation.