Spencer Ware Headshot

Spencer Ware (concussion) did not practice Friday.

Added 11/04/16 1:01 pm (EST)   Source
Ware has been all but pronounced Out for this week and will likely emerge on the next injury report as Doubtful. In his place will be Charcandrick West, who will immediately be a RB1 in a favorable matchup against Jacksonville. The Chiefs are going to be without Alex Smith as well, meaning the offense should be running through West.
Ryan Mathews Headshot

Mathews (neck) has been cleared to work out, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.

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General manager Howie Roseman said as much following the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday. During the event, the Eagles expressed a pseudo vote of confidence in its existing running back corps, bringing in just Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round. Before he can begin fending off the likes of Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood (knee) in the offseason program, Mathews' primary hurdle remains his recovery from surgery on a herniated disk in his neck. Although Mathews is now able to work out, the extent of his activity is unknown upon the completion of Phase 1 of the program this past week.
Ty Montgomery Headshot

Montgomery (ribs) remains the Packers' No. 1 RB, despite the team selecting three players at the position during the 2017 NFL Draft, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "Absolutely, he's our starting running back," head coach Mike McCarthy said Saturday. "I think it gives us excellent depth, and it will be nice to have a full room."

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Montgomery worked his way into Green Bay's backfield as last season wore on, primarily due to a need for bodies due to injuries to Eddie Lacy (ankle) and James Starks (knee/concussion). Finishing the season as the team leader in carries (77) and rushing yards (457), Montgomery also provided a dual threat due to his prior role as a wideout, with 44 receptions (on 56 targets) for 348 yards by campaign's end. After the Packers were ousted in the NFC championship game, McCarthy relayed that Montgomery should be considered a running back moving forward, and Lacy's departure in free agency spurred the head honcho to express confidence in Montgomery as a starting RB. The addition of Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, and Devante Mays via the draft hasn't altered McCarthy's resolve one iota, helping Montgomery maintain his standing within the offense.
Brandon LaFell Headshot

The Bengals selected John Ross (shoulder) at No. 9 overall to join a wideout group that already includes LaFell, A.J. Green and 2015 second-round selection Tyler Boyd, Paul Daugherty of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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The Bengals might have opted against re-signing LaFell on a two-year contract if they'd known they were going to use their first-round selection on another wideout. As is, the team appears to have three legitimate competitors for the starting job across from Green, though whoever ends up as the No. 3 wideout should also be a key part of the offense. Even if he wins the starting gig out of camp, LaFell is a long shot to approach last year's stat line of 64 receptions for 862 yards and six touchdowns on 106 targets. Ross and Boyd both have more long-term potential, in addition to immediate big-play capability.
Sharrif Floyd Headshot

Floyd's (knee) status for the 2017 season is still uncertain, but coach Mike Zimmer is optimistic that he'll be able to play, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports.

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Floyd is dealing with nerve damage stemming from a complication with his knee surgery back in September, while he continues to rehab with his career reportedly in jeopardy. In order to provide depth at defensive tackle, the Vikings selected Jaleel Johnson out of Iowa in the fourth round of the draft.
Tyler Boyd Headshot

The Bengals selected John Ross (shoulder) at No. 9 overall to join a wideout group that already includes Boyd, A.J. Green, and Brandon LaFell, Paul Daugherty of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Selected No. 55 overall last year, Boyd had a solid rookie season while mostly serving as Cincinnati's No. 3 wideout, catching 54 of 81 targets for 603 yards (7.4 yards per target) and one touchdown in 16 games. It appeared he might get a clear path to the No. 2 role entering his second NFL season, but the Bengals then re-signed LaFell and drafted Ross. Instead of jumping in as a clear starter, the 22-year-old likely will be part of a fierce competition for snaps and targets alongside Green. With the Bengals' offense also featuring tight end Tyler Eifert (back) and a promising trio in the backfield, targets could be hard to come by for any wideout not named Green. Cincinnati hopes all the firepower will make up for the free-agent departures of left tackle Andrew Whitworth and left guard Kevin Zeitler -- arguably the team's two best linemen.
Jeremy Hill Headshot

Hill received serious competition during the draft when the Bengals selected fellow running back Joe Mixon in the second round at No. 45 overall, Geoff Hobson of the team's official website reports.

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Widely regarded as a first-round talent, Mixon probably wouldn't have lasted until the second day of the draft if not for a 2014 incident in which he punched a female Oklahoma student. His landing spot comes as no surprise, with the Bengals in need of a running back and already possessing a well-established reputation for adding or keeping players who come at a discount due to off-field incidents. A second-round selection (2014) himself, Hill has 30 touchdowns in 47 career games, but he's fallen shy of 4.0 yards per carry in consecutive seasons after averaging 5.1 as a rookie. He now finds himself in serious danger of losing the lead ball-carrier job as he enters a contract season, but it does at least seem Hill is embracing the challenge, as he already reached out to Mixon and told the rookie he's glad to have him around. A capable pass-catcher in addition to an explosive runner, Mixon could also threaten some of Giovani Bernard's (torn ACL) usual workload.
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