The return of Redskins QB Robert Griffin III on Sunday against Minnesota created a few more opportunities for running back Alfred Morris, bringing him closer to replicating the productivity of his first two seasons — something he’s yet to truly do under Coach Jay Gruden.
Morris rushed for a season-high 92 yards on 19 carries and accounted for two of Washington’s touchdowns in the 29-26 loss at Minnesota.
“Defenses have to honor Robert because he can run, and he’s more of a threat on the ground as opposed to some of the quarterbacks we have, so you have to honor him,” Morris said in the locker room afterward. “He’s one of those guys that can open up some things for you.”
Morris has struggled most of this season which is unlike the back who has been very consistent throughout his short career when RG3 is under center. The hope for Morris owners is these type of performances now continue with Griffin back from his ankle injury. Morris likely isn't going to be a factor in the passing game, but is certainly capable of high end RB2 numbers.
Dolphins running back Lamar Miller downplayed the left shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday’s 37-0 victory against San Diego. Miller said he had only a “stinger” and that he could have returned if the game had been close.
He looked in pain on the sideline and had trouble raising his left arm.
“I’m good, Miller said. “I’ll get some treatment and I should be all right.”
As we've said many times, we can't always trust when a player comments on an injury, especially when he says he's going to be OK. If Miller were to miss any time, the Dolphins would be down to Daniel Thomas — who was cut before the season and re-signed after Moreno was injured — and undrafted rookie Damien Williams. It's at least potentially good news for Miller owners. However, keep in mind Week 10 is a tough matchup at Detroit for Miller and the Dolphins running game.
"I do see him playing," Jones told the NFL Network. "He's going on the trip to London, and logic tells you that we wouldn't have him make that trip to London and back if we didn't think he was going to play, so it does depend on the type of week he has at practice. But if he has the week we expect, he should be our quarterback."
Jones' comments confirm what CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday morning. La Canfora said that barring any setback, Romo would be the team's starter in London.
Romo was originally injured after he took a knee to the back in an overtime loss to the Redskins on Oct. 27.
It's not a surprise after the offense struggled under QB Brandon Weeden against the Cardinals. The Jags were ranked 13th in allowing fantasy points to QBs coming into Week 9, so it's not as great of a matchup as you might think. And, Romo's health will still be in question. But, Romo does have some nice matchups coming up, especially the final five weeks of the season.
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Smith, in the last year of his contract, leads the team with five touchdowns.
"How 'bout that, huh?" Sanchez told reporters with a laugh after the game. "I was expecting maybe a handoff or a quick screen. Ease my way in. But you know Coach (Chip) Kelly. … If he was a basketball coach, he would bring you off the bench shooting three-pointers."
The gutsy play-call by Kelly and pristine execution by Sanchez and Maclin not only illustrate the head coach's confidence in the veteran quarterback, but it also signaled that there will be no 'dumbing down' of the offense because Foles will be out of commission for the foreseeable future.
If you saw any of the game, it was evident that the offense won't change much with Sanchez under center, which is good news for owners of Maclin. Perhaps the only change is running the ball a little more, especially giving bruising back Chris Polk a few more carries. If you're in need of a QB or are a Foles owner, it looks like Sanchez is a safe option to grab off your wire and plug right in.
San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore is planning on retiring from the NFL due to knee issues, a league source confirmed to ESPN.
Lattimore was not at the 49ers' 13-10 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at Levi's Stadium and, per the reports, is contemplating his future.
Lattimore, who began practicing Wednesday, sat out practice on Friday. He blew out every ligament in his right knee on Oct. 27, 2012 at South Carolina and the 49ers made him a fourth-round draft pick six months later.
Other outlets say an official decision hasn't been made as of yet. Lattimore spent the entire 2013 season on the non-football injury list and remains on that list this season. However, he did begin practicing last week with the hope that he would be able to play later this season. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound back suffered serious knee injuries in 2011 (tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee) and 2012 (right knee) during his time at the University of South Carolina.
Three weeks later, regular starter Ben Tate was held to just three yards on 10 carries. Isaiah Crowell didn’t receive an offensive snap. Instead, it was West who played the role of feature back, carrying the ball a team-high 15 times for 48 yards.
“When you looked at the tape and really compared the three, we feel he’s really coming on,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “He’s earned those touches, and when he gets out there he does make the most of them.”
As the story pointed out, the yardage total may not have been pretty, but West came up big on two crucial plays in the opening drive of the second half to help set the tone: First, West powered for two yards to convert a 4th-and-1 from Tampa Bay’s 4-yard line after a neutral zone infraction by Tampa Bay before a field-goal attempt. Two plays later, West scored the Browns’ first touchdown of the game on a 2-yard reception, giving the Browns a 16-10 lead. The story also pointed to a key block to allow QB Brian Hoyer time to throw a TD pass, something that it critical in a young back's chances of staying on the field. West should be in line for more touches based on the comments and performance, but for how long is anyone's guess. If he's on your wire, he's certainly worth picking up.
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Dolphins RB Lamar Miller injured his left shoulder on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.
Miller was examined on the sidelines and his return to the game was declared as questionable. But the Dolphins finished out the game without the team's leading rusher, who contributed 49 rushing yards and one touchdown on his 11 carries, and caught one pass for 8-yards against the Chargers.
Miller's health is critical to the Dolphins' success because he's rushed for 518 yards and five touchdowns on 106 carries this season, and is the driving force behind one of the NFL's best rushing attacks.
The Dolphins have Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams on the 53-man roster, and LaMichael Thomas and Orleans Darkwa on the practice squad. If Miller isn't healthy enough to play in next Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions the Dolphins will likely have to promote Thomas or Darkwa to the 53-man roster, the story said. Reports also added that Miller couldn't lift his shoulder on the sideline during tests so this is a situation to monitor heading into Week 10.
RB Arian Foster left for Houston's locker room in the third quarter with an apparent injury and didn't return. Coach Bill O'Brien said after the game that his star running back has an injury to the groin area.
On Monday, beat writer Tania Ganguli said there is some pessimism surrounding the team in regards to the injury. Foster appeared to step awkwardly before seemingly giving himself up for a loss. When leaving the field he slammed his helmet when he got to the sideline before eventually walking to the locker room. Alfred Blue could potentially inherit a big workload should Foster miss time. Jonathan Grimes could also factor in.
McLane is one of the best of the team's beat writers. If his report is true, indications are about a 4-6 week timetable and Mark Sanchez takes over a pretty good situation. Sanchez looked very solid for the most part but did throw two INTs and probably should have been a third. Still, Sanchez put up good fantasy numbers - 15-for-22, 202 yards and two TDs - in his time on the field. He's shaping up to be a pretty solid pickup.
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:10pm