Now demoted to the Colts' second-string tailback, Trent Richardson admits he never got comfortable in Indy's running scheme and never fully grasped the offense.
T-Rich's tackle-breaking ability and open-field burst are still there, but he has been running without confidence and seemingly without instincts ever since arriving in Indianapolis. "He came to me, he wasn't pouting or anything," Reggie Wayne explained. "This was the next day after he found out he was demoted and he said, 'Now I can sit back and actually watch the way it's supposed to be done.' He kind of feels that he was maybe forced into it early without actually learning it." Wayne's advice to Richardson was "Do better. Practice harder. Study longer."
Rashad Jennings (concussion) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Although the fact that he practiced at all is a good sign, beat writer Jerry McDonald makes it clear Jennings has "yet to be fully cleared" for Week 14 against the Jets. With Jennings limited, and Darren McFadden (ankle/hamstring) and Jeremy Stewart (ankle/knee) unavailable for Wednesday's practice, the Raiders were so depleted at tailback that they converted DB Taiwan Jones to running back. Jones did play the position in college.
49ers rookie WR Quinton Patton is not on the Week 14 injury report.
He'll return from his foot fracture against Seattle. Patton was making moves up the depth chart before he got hurt, on the heels of an impressive preseason. He isn't on the re-draft radar, but has plenty of Dynasty league appeal. Patton figures to be San Francisco's No. 4 receiver Sunday, behind Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, and situational deep threat Mario Manningham.
Coach Leslie Frazier admitted Wednesday he never wanted Erin Henderson to be the Vikings' starting middle linebacker.
Henderson only got the job because the Vikings missed out on an early-round Mike 'backer in the draft, and Desmond Bishop flopped. "He was moved to the Mike linebacker position, not necessarily because that’s what we wanted to do," Frazier said of Henderson. "That was the plight that we were in." Henderson has now been "demoted" to the weak side, with Audie Cole taking over in the middle.
Golden Tate missed Seahawks practice Wednesday with a hip injury.
The injury is not known to be of any concern; the Seahawks also held Marshawn Lynch out of practice Wednesday, albeit for "not injury-related" reasons." Tate played over 50 snaps in Monday night's skunking of the Saints.
Mario Manningham (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Manningham is fine. The team continues to manage his reps. Now the No. 3 receiver in San Francisco, Manningham is well off the fantasy radar.
Frank Gore (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Gore suffered a minor setback in Week 12 but played his normal reps last Sunday against the Rams. He'll be an RB2 against Seattle in Week 14.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Packers haven't discussed shutting down Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) for the rest of the regular season.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported last weekend that the Packers had been considering the move. Both coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers himself have vehemently denied that the team has had internal conversations about possibly ending the former MVP's season. Right now, Rodgers is participating in individual drills at practice. He hopes to ratchet up his activity Thursday and play Sunday, but it seems like a long shot. All we can do is play the waiting game and hope that Rodgers can at least returns in Weeks 15 and 16.