NFL Player News

  • Samaje Perine RB | WAS

    Redskins' Samaje Perine: Listed as limited due to finger

    Perine (finger) is listed as a limited participant on Monday's injury report for Thursday's game against the Giants.

    There's little reason to think the finger issue will jeopardize his gameday availability, especially considering that the Redskins tend to list every little ailment on their injury report. Perine rumbled for 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Sunday's 34-31 overtime loss to the Saints, and he may get more involved in the passing game with Chris Thompson potentially out for the season due to a fractured fibula. Byron Marshall is the only other healthy running back on the roster, though the Redskins likely will address that situation before Thanksgiving. Perine has quickly jumped from the No. 3 spot on the depth chart to the unquestioned lead role.

  • Theo Riddick RB | DET

    Lions' Theo Riddick: Receives 10 touches

    Riddick rushed nine times for 35 yards and secured one of two targets for four yards during Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Bears.

    The nine carries tied Riddick's season high while his 10 total touches were the most he's seen since Week 2. He also finished the day having logged one more snap than starter Ameer Abdullah. Since Abdullah has struggled to move the ball consistently this season, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if the Lions continue to force Riddick's involvement. With that said, the pass-catching specialist has a tough matchup on deck Thursday against a Vikings defense that's allowed just 361 receiving yards to running backs in 2017, the fifth-lowest mark in the league.

  • Kenyan Drake RB | MIA

    Dolphins' Kenyan Drake: Poor game in loss

    Drake only had four yards on seven carries and 10 yards on one reception as the Dolphins lost to Tampa Bay 30-20 on Sunday.

    Drake had been splitting the starting running back job with Damien Williams but disappointed fantasy owners with a poor performance Sunday. Part of the reason for his lack of touches could be that the Dolphins were trailing for most of the game but more was expected of Drake coming off his 82 yards on the ground versus Carolina last Monday. His next chance will come in Week 12 versus the Patriots.

  • Lions' Dwayne Washington: Listed as non-participant

    Washington (hip) was listed as non-participant on Monday's injury report, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    The Lions didn't actually practice, but even if they had, Washington apparently wouldn't have taken part. It's a strong sign he won't be ready for a Thanksgiving matchup with the Vikings.

  • De'Veon Smith RB | MIA

    De'Veon Smith: Waived by Miami

    Smith was waived by Miami on Monday.

    Smith was promoted from the Miami practice squad for the game versus Tampa Bay on Sunday. He didn't receive a snap during the loss to Tampa and could end up back on the Miami practice squad once again.

  • Cardinals' Andre Ellington: Released Monday

    The Cardinals released Ellington on Monday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    Ellington caught 23 passes for 210 yards during a three-game stretch in Weeks 3-5, but his productivity largely was a symptom of shortcomings with the Arizona offense. He faded from relevance shortly after the team traded for Adrian Peterson, ultimately landing on the inactive list for Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Texans. Ellington could get a look elsewhere as a potential passing-down specialist. He showed some promise early in his career, but he's never had much luck staying healthy and seems to have lost much of his explosiveness along the way. D.J. Foster and Kerwynn Williams spelled Peterson on passing downs in Sunday's loss.

  • Orleans Darkwa RB | NYG

    Giants' Orleans Darkwa: Listed as limited

    Darkwa was listed as a limited participant on Monday's injury report with a hamstring injury, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

    The report merely provides an estimation, as the Giants didn't actually hold a practice the day after an overtime win over the Chiefs. Darkwa had 20 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown in the 12-9 victory, also adding two catches for 16 yards on four targets. He took a bit of a beating in the contest, but Darkwa said Monday that he'll be fine for Thursday's game against Washington, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports.

  • Shane Vereen RB | NYG

    Giants' Shane Vereen: Minor role

    Vereen had two carries for 13 yards and caught all three of his targets for 15 yards Sunday against the Chiefs.

    Orleans Darkwa has firmly taken over the team's starting job with Vereen splitting the backup duties with Wayne Gallman and seeing some work on third downs.

  • Chris Thompson RB | WAS

    Redskins' Chris Thompson: Slated for surgery

    Redskins head coach said Thompson will undergo surgery this week to repair a fractured right fibula.

    The procedure will likely spell an end to what had been a breakthrough season for Thompson, who emerged as the Redskins' top offensive weapon with six touchdowns and 804 total yards through 10 games before suffering the injury while attempting to make a block in the third quarter of Sunday's 34-31 overtime loss to the Saints. With Thompson expected to join Rob Kelley (ankle) on injured reserve in the near future, a workhorse role could be in the offing for rookie Samaje Perine, who had the best game of his young career Sunday, finishing with 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

  • Rex Burkhead RB | NE

    Patriots' Rex Burkhead: Logs 19 snaps in Week 11

    Burkhead was on the field for 19 of a possible 60 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-8 win over the Raiders, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

    With Mike Gillislee a healthy scratch for the second straight game, Burkhead worked behind Dion Lewis (26 snaps, 10 carries) en route to rushing five times for 16 yards and hauling in four of his six targets for 21 yards. Meanwhile, it's notable that Burkhead's fumble on the Patriots' opening drive didn't result in an extended benching, while fellow running back James White was barely used in the passing game. Looking ahead, Burkhead is an option in deeper PPR formats, but with so many mouths to feed in the New England offense, his volume figures to vary from week-to-week, thanks to the coaching staff's tendency to roll out context or opponent-specific game plans.