Smallwood carried 12 times for 71 yards and caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Giants.
Smallwood was pressed into action after Darren Sproles went down with an injury and wound up leading the team in rushing thanks to an impressive average of 5.9 yards per carry. He could have had an even better day, but Corey Clement and LaGarrette Blount combined to take away 18 carries and a pair of red zone touchdowns. Smallwood could play an increased role next week against the Chargers if Sproles remains sidelined, but the team will seemingly continue with its committee approach regardless of who is available.
Patton (foot) has been able to do some shooting recently, but has yet to be cleared for running or practices, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.
The Timberwolves' 2017 first-round pick continues to work his way back from a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot, which he had surgery performed on at the start of July. The fact that he's yet to be cleared for running likely means he won't be available for the start of training camp in the next few days, though there's yet to be word on if he's expected back for the season opener. When healthy, Patton will likely battle with Cole Aldrich for the backup center minutes behind Karl-Anthony Towns, but the practice time he misses because of his injury could ultimately slow his development and keep his playing time limited early in the season.
Brown hauled in 10 of 14 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-17 overtime loss at Chicago.
Brown was the only Pittsburgh player to get much going in a tame performance for this normally explosive offense. His seven-yard touchdown involved catching the ball against off coverage and beating the defender one-on-one to stretch the ball across the plane. With 354 receiving yards in his first three games, Brown has lived up to his status as the top wide receiver off most boards despite failing to get into the end zone until this one.
Bundy (hamstring) is not expected to make another start this season, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bundy recently experienced some spasms in his leg, which resulted in his scratch from Sunday's start. Manager Buck Showalter said after the game that the leg issue was actually a blessing, as he feels Bundy has thrown enough innings already this season -- Bundy has thrown exactly 60 more frames than he did a year ago. The right-hander seemed to wear down late in the campaign, but he showed flashes of brilliance and will look to take another step forward in his age-25 season.
Blount carried 12 times for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Giants.
A week after he did not carry the ball, Blount ran hard en route to a solid 5.6 yards per carry. He was especially effective on a 90-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, piling up 39 yards before capping it off with a one-yard plunge into the end zone. Darren Sproles left the game because of an injury, leaving Blount and Wendell Smallwood to share the load with Corey Clement. It remains to be seen how the backfield touches are divvied up next week against the Chargers, but Blount should be involved and stands as good a chance as any of the backs of getting into the end zone.