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The Philadelphia Inquirer "guesses" that DeMarco Murray will finish the season with "225-250 carries."

Beat writer Jeff McLane estimates Ryan Mathews at "100-125," and Darren Sproles at 50. At the high end of McLane's projections, Eagles backs would combine to finish the season at 425 carries, one year after LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk, and Sproles combined for 415. It's a reasonable projection, but the Eagles are very likely to run more this season than they did in 2014. While it's quite clear Murray won't approach last year's workload in Dallas, he is the obvious lead back in Philadelphia and should still exceed 300 touches if he stays healthy.
Sep 1 - 10:32 PM

According to the Buffalo News' Tim Graham, Bills GM Doug Whaley "went rogue" in releasing Fred Jackson.

Making roster decisions is what general managers are paid to do, so this shouldn't come as a groundbreaking decision, but typically the GM will consult the coaching staff. Apparently, Whaley didn't even discuss the matter with coach Rex Ryan. Reality is the Bills paid LeSean McCoy top dollar to be their new bellcow, and Whaley drafted Karlos Williams and handpicked Bryce Brown last season in a draft-day trade. Jackson has since come after Whaley a bit via the media, saying the GM was the "one person in the organization I haven't gotten honesty from." Jackson's release saved the team over $2 million.
Sep 1 - 10:28 PM

Ravens waived CB Chris Greenwood with an injury settlement.

Greenwood suffered a minor leg injury over the weekend. The former fifth-round pick of the Lions has plus size (6'1/197) and speed (4.41), but has made no NFL noise.
Sep 1 - 8:27 PM

The Steelers are not expected to turn to third-round pick Sammie Coates for a prominent role during Martavis Bryant's suspension.

Both Ben Roethlisberger and coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the Steelers are counting on special teamer Darrius Heyward-Bey to "pick up the slack," and not Coates. Coates has generally looked lost this preseason, and could end up an early-season game-day scratch even with Bryant serving a four-game ban. As for the Steelers, it seems more likely they'll use more two-tight end sets than lean heavily on Heyward-Bey in the passing game.
Sep 1 - 7:39 PM

49ers DE Darnell Dockett is battling a rib "contusion."

Dockett caused a stir among 49ers people when he tweeted he had a broken rib, but coach Jim Tomsula said it's simply a contusion and the expectation is Dockett will be ready for Week 1 against the Vikings. Dockett has been operating as the left end in sub-packages, focusing on rushing the passer.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 7:38 PM

The Indianapolis Star reports the Colts have "discussed" placing DT Arthur Jones (ankle) on injured reserve/designated for return.

Jones injured his ankle in the Colts' third preseason game over the weekend and is seeking multiple opinions from doctors. It would be a big loss for the Colts after he missed seven games and parts of others last season with an ankle injury. Signed to a $33 million deal last offseason, Jones was expected to be the anchor of the defensive line both as a pass rusher and in run defense.
Sep 1 - 7:29 PM

Garry Gilliam is expected to be the Seahawks' starting right tackle.

The same five-man unit -- LT Russell Okung, LG Justin Britt, C Drew Nowak, RG J.R. Sweezy, and RT Gilliam -- has been running with the first-team offense the past two weeks. Gilliam replaced Britt at right tackle, kicking the 2014 second-rounder to left guard. Gilliam played 80 snaps as a rookie last season.
Sep 1 - 7:24 PM

According to ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini, the team is "smitten" with second-year WR Quincy Enunwa.

Coach Todd Bowles called the 2014 sixth-round pick a "tweener" due to his 6'2/225 size and above-average blocking skills for a receiver. With Jace Amaro (shoulder) done for the season, Enunwa could have a real role on offense. OC Chan Gailey used four-receiver sets on a league-high 586 snaps from 2010-2012 in Buffalo. Enunwa and Brandon Marshall make for ideal slot players.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 7:11 PM

Saints placed CB P.J. Williams on injured reserve with a torn hamstring, ending his season.

Williams was the 78th overall pick in this year's draft. He was unlikely to see the field much in year one behind starters Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner in addition to reserve Delvin Breaux. Williams will be ready next offseason.
Sep 1 - 6:33 PM

The Broncos believe Emmanuel Sanders is game ready despite missing a large chunk of training camp with a hamstring injury.

He's resumed practicing at full speed. "I think we went about it the right way," coach Gary Kubiak said of the Broncos' conservative approach with Sanders' hamstring. "There has been no setbacks. He's had good work."
Sep 1 - 6:27 PM

Patriots placed CB Darryl Roberts (wrist) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Roberts earned first-team reps at OTAs, but got hurt about midway through training camp and will presumably require surgery. A 4.36 speedster at 6-foot, 190, Roberts was a seventh-round selection in this past May's draft.
Sep 1 - 6:12 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggests Joseph Randle may open the season handling 10-15 carries per game "with (Darren) McFadden slightly below that."

"At the end of the day, we’re both going to get carries however they decide to play it out," said McFadden. Both backs seem resigned to the fact that the Cowboys are committed to a running back by committee. Beat writer Drew Davison confirms none of Dallas' backs "has done enough to separate themselves from the pack." McFadden is shaping up as a dicey flex play to begin the year, while Randle will be toward the back end of RB2s. Lance Dunbar will eat into both players' production in the passing game, further muddying the situation.
Sep 1 - 5:57 PM

Packers WR Jared Abbrederis (concussion) has resumed practicing.

After suffering multiple known concussions at Wisconsin, Abbrederis missed his 2014 rookie year with a torn ACL. He suffered another concussion in one of the first practices of training camp, and is just now getting back into the mix. Abbrederis is still on the doubtful side of questionable to make the 53.
Sep 1 - 5:52 PM

Seahawks WR Chris Matthews (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

Matthews was running as Seattle's No. 3 wideout before spraining an AC joint in the preseason opener. His absence amounted to more first-team offensive reps for impressive rookie Tyler Lockett. It's now unclear whether Matthews will have a role on offense when the regular season begins.
Sep 1 - 5:48 PM

The Cardinals plan to give Chris Johnson "10 to 12 touches" in their preseason finale Thursday night.

This may be Johnson's audition for a roster spot after he missed Arizona's last exhibition game with a hamstring injury. Andre Ellington and David Johnson are healthy, and the latter in particular has shown well in August.
Sep 1 - 5:44 PM



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