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LaMichael James is not with the 49ers as the offseason conditioning program opens this week.

James is training on his own in Texas despite having a $50,000 workout bonus in his contract. It's a statement move as he pushes for a trade or release. James has totaled 39 carries and five catches in his two NFL seasons and now finds himself fourth on the depth chart. He's hoping to get a fresh start elsewhere.
Apr 21 - 12:58 PM

Rashad Jennings (knee) said Monday he's "hopeful" he can return after the Giants' Week 8 bye, and will begin running this week.

Jennings claims he's "right on track" and considers himself "day to day." As Andre Williams had something of a limiting effect on New York's offense while serving as feature back, and is only averaging 3.15 YPC on the season, Jennings should return as the Giants' clear-lead runner. It's worth noting Jennings wasn't 100 percent committal when discussing a Week 9 return. In 12- and 14-team leagues, Williams is worth holding through New York's bye in case Jennings suffers a setback. He's a 29 1/2-year-old running back dealing with a multi-week MCL sprain.
Oct 20 - 3:52 PM

ESPN's Lisa Salters reports Steelers fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant will make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football.

ESPN appears to be struggling for storylines heading into Monday's game, so it highlighted Bryant debuting. The Steelers have understandably soured on Justin Brown, and will move forward with Lance Moore in three-receiver sets along with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. Wheaton has been another disappointment. It's possible 6-foot-4 Bryant could steal some of his snaps.
Oct 20 - 3:47 PM

The Redskins aren't ruling Robert Griffin III (ankle) for Week 8, but he has a "long way to go."

"He's got to be 100 percent," coach Jay Gruden said at Monday's presser. Gruden went on to say that Colt McCoy will get the starter's reps in this week's practices, and be under center against the Cowboys if RGIII isn't ready to go. It sounds like Griffin is highly unlikely for Week 8, though he does have an extra day to heal up with the Redskins playing on Monday Night Football.
Oct 20 - 3:13 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell says Calvin Johnson (ankle) won't be active in Week 8 unless he can be full go.

"It's not going to be a thing of degrees," Caldwell said. "When they say he's cleared, he's ready to go. ... OK, that's when it's going to happen. It's not going to be a whole lot of in between." The Lions learned their lesson trying to use Megatron as a decoy in Week 5, as he only made his injury worse. Johnson is traveling with the team to London for Sunday's game against the Falcons, but is no better than 50-50 to suit up.
Oct 20 - 2:24 PM

Jaguars placed MLB Paul Posluszny on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle, ending his season.

Fringe player J.T. Thomas will get the first shot at replacing Posluszny, who has been the Jaguars' leading tackler each of the past four seasons. Jeremiah George is next up behind Thomas. Posluszny is far from a star, but has been a reliable presence for a defense without much talent or valuable experience. Now on the wrong side of 30, Posluszny is signed through 2016, but it's quite possible his $7.45 million 2015 salary gets him cut in the offseason.
Oct 20 - 1:07 PM

Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo has been diagnosed with a torn right pectoral and is out for the season.

He'll undergo surgery, and be replaced in the starting lineup by Trent Murphy. It's the third torn pectoral of Orakpo's career, although the first two were on his left side. Yet once again, a terrible Redskins defense in desperate need of playmakers is robbed of one. Orakpo had 12 quarterback hurries, six hits and one sack through seven games, also playing strong run defense. He'll enter free agency this spring as a high-risk, high-reward asset. Orakpo was on a one-year, $11.45 million franchise tender this season.
Oct 20 - 12:23 PM

Trent Richardson said the hamstring injury he sustained Sunday is a "little tweak, nothing big."

Richardson sustained the strain in the fourth quarter and didn't return as the Colts had the game in hand. "I was able to still run and move. Coach told me there's no reason to back out there," he said. Before leaving, Richardson looked as impressive as he has in two years, totaling 118 yards on 18 touches. But Ahmad Bradshaw continues to soak up the majority of red-zone reps, capping T-Rich's fantasy appeal.
Oct 20 - 11:22 AM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he "would expect" Jake Locker (thumb) to return Week 8.

Locker practiced early last week, but his thumb became sore and the Titans were worried about mistakes with ball handling. So they went with Checkdown Charlie Whitehurst again, who predictably crippled the team in a narrow loss at Washington. Locker's return will be great news for Justin Hunter, whose vertical strengths need a big arm.
Oct 20 - 10:32 AM

Coach Jay Gruden wouldn't rule out Robert Griffin III (ankle) returning for Week 8.

In the outside chance Griffin looks "great" in practice, top beat writer John Keim expects him to get the nod Monday night against Dallas. If not, it's expected to be Colt McCoy under center. Kirk Cousins has played his way off the map with nine interceptions in the last five games. Griffin was not playing well in Jay Gruden's pocket-passer scheme prior to his injury, but is on the QB1 map anytime he starts due to dual-threat ability. RG3 is a must-add for anyone in need of quarterback help.
Oct 20 - 9:42 AM

Fred Jackson was told his groin injury typically comes with a four-week timetable.

Jackson says he'll try to beat that timetable and hasn't ruled himself out of returning for Week 10. But given the severity of his injury and how difficult it is for running backs to overcome soft-tissue pulls, Week 11 or 12 seems more realistic. His adductor longus pulled off the bone about a centimeter. Jackson remains a hold for owners if possible, especially with tasty matchups against the Packers and Raiders in Weeks 15 and 16. C.J. Spiller (collarbone) is out for the year.
Oct 20 - 9:10 AM

When asked if Denard Robinson will keep the feature back job, coach Gus Bradley said, "Yeah, I think so."

Coaches are loathe to make depth chart declarations, especially right after games. But Bradley had to at least suggest he'd give it up for Shoelace after a 22-127-1 outing as the starter. When Toby Gerhart returns from his foot injury, he'll slide into a complementary role along with Storm Johnson. Gerhart has been a drop candidate in 10- and 12-team leagues for a few weeks now.
Oct 20 - 8:31 AM

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