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Thomas Rawls (ankle) expects to return to full health in time for training camp, John Boyle of the Seattle Seahawks ' official site reports.
Rawls' season came to an abrupt end in Week 14, when he sustained a broken ankle, but not before notching 147 carries for 830 yards, nine receptions (on 11 targets) for 76 yards, and five touchdowns. He was afforded seven starts with Marshawn Lynch on the mend often, powering his breakout with four 100-yard performances. Still in the early stages of his recovery, Rawls requires a scooter to move about, as his foot remains in a cast. With Lynch's future with the Seahawks, let alone football, up in the air, though, Rawls may have a starting gig locked up in the not too distant future.
Todd Gurley (turf toe) told Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com on Thursday that "all is well" with his foot.
Gurley was sidelined in the season finale with turf toe, yet he had no problem racking up 1,106 yards in just 13 games on the backs of five 100-yard efforts. While he put in impressive work on the ground, the running back boasts the skill set to contribute as a receiver, as evidenced by an 81% catch percentage (or 21 receptions on 26 targets).
Melvin Gordon (knee) said Thursday that his rehabilitation is "going well" and believes he'll be healthy in "two months," the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Gordon missed the final two games of his rookie campaign due to a knee injury, which was remedied via surgery with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Jan. 5. While neither the nature of the ailment nor the procedure were revealed, Gordon is on pace to be ready for the opening of the offseason program in April. Once the fall arrives, he'll be aiming to bounce back from a subpar season in which he posted 184 rushes for 641 yards (3.5 YPC), 33 catches (on 37 targets) for 192 yards, and no touchdowns.
Washington Redskins President Bruce Allen suggested that Alfred Morris won't be offered a new contract before the free agency period begins, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "He's been incredibly productive for us," Allen said. "Free agency is going to be a great test for him. If he gets a great contract [elsewhere], we're going to applaud him. If not, we're going to see what happens with us."
Morris likely wants to test the open market, but his declining production and lack of receiving skills may ultimately lead to disappointment. While a return to Washington can't entirely be ruled out, it seems that the team is comfortable moving forward with a running back group led by Matt Jones and pass-catching specialist Chris Thompson.
Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) wasn't listed on the Carolina Panthers ' injury report Wednesday.
Unlike Jonathan Stewart (ankle), Whittaker actually made a limited showing in one practice last week, but clearly caution was exercised with the third-year pro. Nevertheless, Whittaker didn't make much of a splash during the regular season, and his lack of usage in the NFC championship game (just six of 72 offensive snaps) likely won't afford him many touches behind the workhorse that is Stewart.
Jonathan Stewart (ankle) wasn't listed on the Carolina Panthers ' injury report Wednesday.
Stewart didn't log a single practice rep in the first week of Super Bowl prep, but upon his arrival in Santa Clara, CA, he's been given the all-clear to proceed as normal. Including the postseason, he's notched 1,178 yards at a clip of 4.2 YPC, while reaching the end zone nine times in 15 games. He'll attempt to keep up the pace Sunday against a staunch Broncos run defense that ranked third during the regular season.
Khiry Robinson (leg) was cleared to begin jogging Wednesday.
Robinson received a modest workload from game-to-game until he broke his tibia in Week 8, totaling 56 carries for 180 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 17 catches (on 20 targets) for 115 yards, as he hauled in multiple balls in six of eight games. As a restricted free agent, any offer that he receives in the coming months could be matched by a New Orleans Saints squad that has running backs Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, and Marcus Murphy already under contract.
Dri Archer was signed to a reserve-future deal by the New York Jets on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The speedy scat back out of Kent State was released by the Steelers in November to clear room for the addition of kick returner Jacoby Jones. Archer possesses blazing speed, but his deficiencies in other areas prevented him from seeing any touches on the offensive side of the ball this season. He was serviceable in the return game through eight games with the Steelers in 2015, averaging 25.3 yards on 14 kick returns. With three established running backs already on the roster, Archer's clearest path to a roster spot is likely as a special teamer.
Arian Foster (Achilles) has received clearance to jog, Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports.
Foster logged yet another abbreviated campaign after tearing his right Achilles tendon on Oct. 25. In the meantime, it's been speculated that the Houston Texans intend to move on from the oft-injured running back due to his cap figure of $9 million for the 2016 season. While Foster himself full intends to play again, he'll ease into his rehab process.
Bronson Hill was signed to a future/reserve contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of the Times-Picayune reports.
After being released by the Bills in September, Hill was picked up by the Saints and finished out the year on their practice squad. The Eastern Michigan product could have a tough time cracking Cincinnati's roster purely as a running back given the team's depth at the position.