Giants' Shane Vereen: Placed on IR, as expected
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Vereen (triceps) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

As expected, Vereen can officially be ruled out for the next eight weeks, ineligible to return until late November. He's a strong candidate to be New York's one player to return from injured reserve, as the team's other players on the list were merely depth pieces prior to suffering their injuries. Granted, there's no assurance Vereen will be ready by the end of the season, as he's set to undergo surgery to repair a torn triceps. The recovery timetable is estimated at two months, but other players have missed entire seasons with the same injury. If Rashad Jennings (thumb) misses more time, Orleans Darkwa will likely be the new starter, with Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey potentially also involved.

Dolphins' Kenyan Drake: Likely to continue in four-man committee
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Head coach Adam Gase expects to stick with a four-man backfield committee of Drake, Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and Isaiah Pead, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Drake started Sunday's game against Cleveland and led the way with 27 snaps, but Ajayi (18 snaps), Pead (13) and Williams (11) all reached double-digits. The plan could change if injuries at other positions force the Dolphins to slim down the running back group, but even then, it would likely still be a three-man committee. This backfield can be avoided in most leagues until Arian Foster (groin) returns, which probably won't happen any sooner than Week 5.

Colts' Josh Ferguson: Has three receptions in win
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Ferguson had one carry for two yards and three receptions for 29 yards in Sunday's win over San Diego.

Ferguson continues to get more snaps (17) than Robert Turbin (12) at running back behind starter Frank Gore. Ferguson has carved out a role as a running back used in passing situations.

Colts' Robert Turbin: Scores second touchdown in win over Chargers
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Turbin had four carries for nine yards, including a one-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over San Diego. He played just nine snaps on offense.

Turbin continues to get fewer snaps than Josh Ferguson (17) behind starter Frank Gore. However, Turbin had a second short touchdown in consecutive weeks, which could give him some value as a goal-line back.

Joique Bell: Joining injury-depleted Chicago backfield
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Bell is signing with the Bears on Tuesday, GQ's Rand Getlin reports.

With Jeremy Langford (ankle) facing an extended absence and Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) potentially also unavailable, the Bears will turn to a player who is familiar to NFC North fans. Bell spent the first four years of his career with Detroit, serving as the team's lead back for much of 2013 and 2014, though he mostly worked in a part-time role in 2012 and 2015. Given Chicago's injury woes, Bell could have an immediate role in the backfield, though he's unlikely to leapfrog rookie Jordan Howard. This isn't too much of a concern for the rookie's owners, as Bell is 30 years old and will have to learn a new playbook.

Saints' Travaris Cadet: Catches six passes Monday night
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Cadet caught six passes on six targets for 32 yards in Monday night's loss to the Falcons.

Cadet had a nice 25-yard grab down the sideline, but his other five catches only went for a total of seven yards, as he was often merely a checkdown option for Drew Brees. With 11 receptions through three games, Cadet has some utility in deeper PPR leagues, but he has only one carry this year and his lack of involvement in the running game significantly limits his upside.

Cowboys' Lance Dunbar: Scores on only touch Sunday
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Dunbar touched the ball only once Sunday against the Bears, but made it count by scoring on a one-yard touchdown run.

He isn't exactly a prototypical short yardage back, but the element of surprise (and a weak Chicago run defense) allowed Dunbar to find the end zone. With Ezekiel Elliott emerging as a workhorse back and Cole Beasley showing great chemistry out of the slot with quarterback Dak Prescott though, there won't be many looks left over for a player with Dunbar's skill set.

Cowboys' Alfred Morris: Scores again in Week 3
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Morris carried the ball five times for 19 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's win over the Bears. He also caught his only target for two yards.

Ezekiel Elliott was busy running all over Chicago's defense for 140 yards, but Morris still found a way to be productive with his limited touches. As long as Elliott stays healthy though, Morris' value will be completely dependent on his ability to get into the end zone, making him a risky play.

Lions' Dwayne Washington: May earn true timeshare with Riddick
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Washington has seemingly earned a true timeshare with Theo Riddick, reports.

Riddick started Sunday's loss to the Packers and outsnapped Washington 45-25, but given that Detroit was trailing by multiple scores for most of the contest, the rookie got a surprising amount of work. Washington finished with 10 carries for 38 yards and one reception for a loss of three, while Riddick managed just nine yards on 10 carries but caught seven passes for 39 yards. Riddick will likely continue to dominate the receiving portion of the workload, but Washington has a shot to emerge as the primary ball-carrier, particularly if the team is able to build some leads. Head coach Jim Caldwell also mentioned that Zech Zenner could enter the mix, though the second-year bruiser strictly played special teams in Sunday's loss.

Saints' Mark Ingram: Scores first touchdown Monday
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Ingram rushed 15 times for 77 yards and caught four passes (on six targets) for 30 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's loss to the Falcons.

Ingram's performance Monday marked his best of the season, as his 77 rushing yards nearly matched his total of 88 entering the game, and he found the end zone for the first time with a five-yard catch during the fourth quarter. Although the Saints were forced to abandon the running game pretty early, Ingram still managed to make an impact by averaging over five yards on the carries he was handed. On that back of that improved outing, Ingram will hope for a similar workload in Week 4 against the Chargers.

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