NFL Player News

  • Mike Tolbert RB | CAR

    Mike Tolbert: Released by Panthers

    Tolbert was released by Carolina on Tuesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Tolbert had arguably his least effective year in Carolina in 2016, averaging only 11.6 total yards per game. With younger backs Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne filling in backup roles behind starter Jonathan Stewart, combined with the fact that Tolbert was due $1.5 million in 2017, the Panthers decided to part ways with the fullback. Tolbert will finish his stint in Carolina with 19 total touchdowns over five years.

  • Rob Kelley RB | WAS

    Redskins' Rob Kelley: Projected as starter

    Kelley (knee) is currently projected as the Redskins' starting running back in 2017, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

    Kelley, an undrafted rookie last year, started Washington's final nine games of the season after Matt Jones failed to impress to begin the campaign. In those appearances, Kelley finished with 601 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Although a knee problem that required a small surgery this offseason slowed him toward the end of that stretch, Kelley showed enough to project as the Redskins' top tailback heading into next season. With his numbers as a starter, that role could see Kelley eclipse 1,000 yards in 2017, but he'll need to continue to prove he's the team's best option to have that opportunity.

  • Bengals' Giovani Bernard: Making impressive progress

    Bernard (knee) is making great progress in his rehabilitation from last season's torn ACL and anticipated to return some time during training camp, Geoff Hobson of reports.

    Bernard went down in a November game against the Bills, ending his season after 10 games played. Since then, he's drawn consistently positive updates regarding his recovery, which has raised optimism that he'll reenter the fold before the 2017 regular season kicks off. While that would likely allow him to avoid Cincinnati's PUP list, which would rule him out for the first six weeks of the campaign, Bernard reportedly might still need a game or two before he's fully ready to play. Overall, the possibility of missing games still exists, but Bernard is at least doing the best he can to ensure any absence is minimized.

  • Trent Richardson: Arrested Thursday

    Richardson (knee) was arrested last Thursday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in the third degree, reports.

    Handed plenty of opportunity to stick in the NFL, Richardson hasn't taken the field in season since 2014 and during preseason play since August of 2015. His woes have now extended off the field due to an alleged incident with a female in Hoover, Ala. While the legal system works itself out, there's no indication that the NFL will come calling in the short or long term.

  • Ameer Abdullah RB | DET

    Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Remains on track to return for OTAs

    Abdullah (foot) remains on track to return by the start of offseason workouts in April, the Detroit Free Press reports.

    On the mend from an unspecified injury to his left foot, Abdullah said in early January that he anticipates being ready for the start of OTAs in April. His recovery remains setback-free and it doesn't appear as if it'll be much longer until he returns to full strength. The former second-rounder showcased his progress Friday by posting a video of himself on Instagram sprinting on a treadmill. With well over a month until the start of team workouts, Abdullah certainly appears on track to be ready. Of greater concern to his 2017 outlook than a potential delay to his offseason preparation is the Lions stated intent to upgrade the running game this offseason. This doesn't necessarily imply they want to specifically add another running back, but then again GM Bob Quinn didn't rule out such a possibility either.

  • Zach Line RB | MIN

    Vikings' Zach Line: Has hip surgery

    Line underwent hip surgery after this season but is expected to be off crutches in the near future, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.

    Line started four of his 15 games played in 2016, rushing for 15 yards on seven carries. Now slated to be an unrestricted free agent, Line's hip procedure doesn't sound like something that should impact his availability ahead of the 2017 campaign.

  • C.J. Prosise RB | SEA

    Seahawks' C.J. Prosise: Expects full health by offseason program

    Prosise (shoulder) is expected to achieve full health in advance of OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

    Prosise's rookie season was characterized by injury, as he dealt with a hip flexor in the offseason program, was hampered by a hamstring concern in the preseason, missed four games after suffering a chipped bone in his right hand in Week 1, and spent the Seahawks' final eight outings (including playoffs) tending to a broken scapula. When healthy, though, he flashed between Weeks 7 and 11, racking up 29 carries for 170 yards and one touchdown, which he supplemented with 16 receptions (on 18 targets) for 195 yards. With such production on his professional ledger, Prosise is poised to serve as a change-of-pace option, at worst, behind Thomas Rawls in 2017, but the potential exists for an elevated role due to Rawls' own injury history.

  • Chargers' Melvin Gordon: Expected to take another leap in 2017

    New head coach Anthony Lynn believes Gordon (knee, hip) could rise to another level in his third season, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. "He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year," Lynn said. "And I told him we can take this to another level. We're going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him."

    It's interesting to note that Lynn did not discuss Gordon's burgeoning receiving skills, instead opting to discuss what he could improve while running the ball. Given Danny Woodhead's impending free agency, it remains to be seen if the Chargers view Gordon as a three-down back or if they'll prefer to utilize him strictly in the ground game. Regardless, it's clear Lynn and the rest of the Chargers' staff took notice of the Wisconsin alum's breakout 2016 campaign. Assuming he recovers from a hip strain and a knee sprain that caused him to miss the final three games of the regular season, Gordon should certainly be considered one of the top fantasy running backs entering the 2017 season.

  • David Johnson RB | ARI

    Cardinals' David Johnson: Nearing end of recovery effort

    Johnson (knee) is approaching the end of his rehabilitation from an MCL sprain in his left knee, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    An unsightly knee injury resulted in an abbreviated season finale for Johnson. Fortunately for the running back, he was diagnosed with a sprained MCL, which was expected to require a 6-to-8 week recovery effort. Now in the stretch run, he posted a short video of himself jumping out of a pool last Wednesday, revealing that he's nearly 100 percent. Expect Johnson to embark soon on his preparation for a repeat of his breakout 2016 campaign.

  • Doug Martin RB | TB

    Buccaneers' Doug Martin: Decision on Bucs future to be determined

    The Buccaneers aren't expected to make a decision on Martin (suspension) for the foreseeable future, Roy Cummings of reports.

    Handed a four-game suspension in December for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Martin missed the final game of the 2016 season and promptly entered a treatment facility. Prior to the ban, he was a workhorse in the eight games in which he was active, averaging 18 carries per contest and corralling 14 of 16 passes. However, he also missed six outings in the early going due to a hamstring injury and was inactive in Week 16 for an undisclosed reason. The impetus was soon revealed, though, at which point his campaign was over. If Martin is still a Buccaneer next season, the backfield will be entrusted to holdovers Charles Sims (pectoral), a veritable pass catcher, and Peyton Barber for the first three games, while unrestricted free agent Jacquizz Rodgers, exclusive rights free agent Russell Hansbrough, and a draft pick or two may also be in the fold.