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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Asiata should continue to carry the load for Minnesota. He has a so-so matchup with Miami on Sunday.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Blount was fairly ineffective in Week 15, which led to Jonas Gray seeing more snaps and touches, though Blount got the rushing touchdown. Keep in mind that anything can happen in the Patriot backfield.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Charles should be fine for a good matchup against Pittsburgh.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Bills RB Anthony Dixon (chest) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (hip) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Foster had a groin injury last week, but now it’s his hip that is bothering him. We’re penciling him into lineups for now.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Gore is apparently on track to start against San Diego on Saturday. Without Carlos Hyde vulturing carries, he could be in for a big workload.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe) took full practice reps again Thursday. It sounds as if Helu will play in Week 16. This should kill any budding value that Chris Thompson had after a productive Week 15.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) took limited practice reps Thursday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

49ers RB Carlos Hyde (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Hyde is dealing with both ankle and back injuries and said he doesn’t expect to play in Week 16, “barring a miracle.” Frank Gore has a concussion, but it sounds as if he’s going to start on Saturday. Alfonso Smith will serve as his primary backup.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Consider Jennings doubtful to play in Week 16. Andre Williams will be a decent start against St. Louis.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Johnson should be available to frustrate his owners again in Week 16.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (eye) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Lacy should be fine to face the Bucs. It’s a good sign that the hip injury is no longer an issue.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) did not practice Wednesday. Lynch typically gets rest on Wednesdays.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews “wasn’t considered close to playing” in Week 15, per beat writer Michael Gehlken, so we consider him doubtful for Week 16. With Mathews sidelined, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Murray is on track to play in Week 16. His workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand, but he should be out there for fantasy owners. He should also be able to run to the right effectively, though his stiff-arm in either direction may not be available. When he runs to the left, he may have to carry the ball in his right hand, increasing the likelihood of a fumble. The defense will certainly be aware of his injury and try to force a fumble. The Cowboys would be wise to utilize Joseph Randle a bit more in the running game and especially Lance Dunbar in the passing game since Murray's ability to catch the ball may be somewhat limited. But if he's active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season and the favorable matchup against Indianapolis (#21 in RB aFPA).