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Coach Jay Gruden admitted Thompson may not suit up this preseason, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
The Redskins are being especially cautious with the veteran running back, whose 2017 season ended Nov. 19 due to a broken right fibula. In a backfield beset by injuries yet again, the approach is understandable, but getting game action before the regular season likely would be a boost to Thompson's confidence. When (or if) he's healthy, he'll take on a third-down role alongside whichever of Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine (ankle) and Adrian Peterson is healthy at the time.
Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Peterson will receive "a few touches" in Friday's preseason game against the Broncos, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
It'll be interesting to see if Peterson immediately mixes in with the first-team offense, but with Chris Thompson (leg) likely sitting again and Samaje Perine dealing with a sprained ankle, the newcomer could be the first running back off the bench behind Rob Kelley. Peterson posted a dismal 3.4 YPC between the Saints and Cardinals last season before suffering a season-ending neck injury, but the 33-year-old nonetheless is getting another chance to continue his vaunted NFL career.
Michael carried the ball seven even times for 21 yards and hauled in one pass for three yards in Monday's preseason game against the Ravens.
With the Colts dealing with numerous injuries on the backfield, Michael got to see plenty of work Monday night, but he wasn't too effective. With one long carry going for nine yards, he would rush for a total of 12 yards on his other six. While Michael has been plenty of snaps to open up the preseason, he still may have an uphill climb if he wants to make the Colts' final roster.
Coach John DeFilippo said Cook may play in Friday's preseason game against the Seahawks, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "Coach and I are going to talk about Dalvin in the next day or two.'' DeFilippo said Tuesday. "We're looking forward to possibly seeing him out there.''
Cook was held out for the first two week of the preseason, though he did go through warmups with his teammates prior to Saturday's loss to the Jaguars. He was cleared for contact work at the start of training camp and has now made it through four weeks of practice without any setbacks. The 23-year-old seems to be on track for Week 1 against San Francisco, but the Vikings' cautious handling of the situation is a hint that Latavius Murray could also have a big role in the backfield during the early portion of the season. Though not overly important, a brief appearance in Friday's preseason game would be comforting to anyone with an investment in Cook.
Adams (foot) said he practiced "fully" Tuesday, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
After racking up 41 yards from scrimmage on eight touches in the Eagles' exhibition opener on Aug. 9, Adams limped off the practice field within days with an injury unrelated to the hairline fracture that he dealt with in the spring. However, he changed his tune Tuesday, saying he "tweaked" that very foot. He wants to join the only healthy Eagles running backs (Matt Jones and Wendell Smallwood) in Thursday's preseason matchup in Cleveland, but the training staff ultimately will make the final judgement on Adams' availability.
Ekeler (calf) is present at practice Tuesday, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Ekeler was absent from the Chargers' preseason Week 2 outing against the Seahawks due to a sore calf, more so as a precaution than anything, per coach Anthony Lynn. As such, it's no surprise that Ekeler is back in the fold Tuesday, but his level of participation may still be capped with an eye toward his health. When healthy, he'll act as a pass-catching complement to Melvin Gordon.
Barkley (hamstring) didn't practice Tuesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
On the plus side, coach Pat Shurmur noted Tuesday that the rookie back is "doing more and more each day." That said, Barkley is considered unlikely to play in Friday's preseason game against the Jets.
Williams (ankle) was in pads at Tuesday's practice, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Williams sustained an ankle injury last Thursday against the Steelers, but afterward he declared that he was "fine," according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com. By returning within a week, Williams upheld this belief, but the Packers would behoove themselves by limiting his reps in preparation for Friday's preseason contest in Oakland. Elsewhere in the backfield, Aaron Jones is tending to a hamstring injury and will kick off the season with a two-game suspension, leaving Ty Montgomery as the unscathed running back option at the moment.
Freeman won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Jaguars, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The same applies to star wideout Julio Jones, with coach Dan Quinn relaying that that he approached the preseason with a plan to manage the duo's playing time, given their injury history. Both players are in line to be ready for action come Week 1, barring any practice setbacks.
Carson was firmly in the lead to enter Week 1 as Seattle's primary runner even before Rashaad Penny had finger surgery, ESPN.com's Brady Henderson reports.
Penny's injury may be the impetus for Carson's rising stock, but the second-year back was already making a strong case for himself before the rookie had surgery. The Seahawks are actually optimistic about having Penny available for Week 1, at which point he'd slot in behind Carson as the likely No. 2 back. Of course, the Week 1 starting job doesn't provide any season-long assurances -- something Carson learned last year when he suffered a severe leg/ankle injury Week 4. Given the draft capital they coughed up this spring, the Seahawks won't hesitate to give Penny more opportunities if Carson gets off to a slow start.