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The Seahawks announced Friday the free-agent signings of LB Barrett Ruud, CB Roy Lewis and G Deuce Lutui. Lewis spent the past 3 years in Seattle and is an important special-teams player. Lutui, a former 2nd-round pick, ate his way out of a starting job in Arizona. It'll be interesting to see if reuniting with his college coach can help turn things around. Ruud has the best chance of starting in 2012. At the moment, he looks like the MLB favorite on the Seahawks' roster. The team reportedly prefers 2nd-year LB K.J. Wright on the outside and allowed former MLB David Hawthorne to leave for New Orleans. Ruud spent 4 years as Tampa's starting MLB before signing with Tennessee last summer. He started 9 games for the Titans, but injuries and Colin McCarthy's superior talent conspired to push him out of the lineup. Ruud averaged 128.5 tackles (about 95 solos) per season for the Bucs and could certainly prove a worthwhile IDP again this year.

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Titans MLB Barrett Ruud has been ruled out for the 2nd straight week because of a groin injury. That will give rookie Colin McCarthy his 2nd straight start and 3rd in 4 games. Don't expect Ruud to be relevant again unless some other team signs him to start next season (barring a McCarthy injury).

Titans MLB Barrett Ruud has been ruled out for Sunday because of a groin injury. The clears the way for Colin McCarthy to make his 2nd start in 3 weeks, assuming the rookie is active. McCarthy is questionable with a knee injury but participated in a full practice Friday. The same injury also landed him on the injury report in Week 11, when he played through. If McCarthy can turn in a 3rd straight impressive performance, Ruud might no longer have a starting gig when he returns to health. IDP owners should go ahead and claim the rookie where he's still available. He's a solid starting option this week against the Bucs.

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Titans HC Mike Munchak said that rookie MLB Colin McCarthy played well filling in for the injured Barrett Ruud in Week 10. He also said that the job still belongs to Ruud when the veteran returns from his groin injury. McCarthy was limited by a hamstring injury for 3 weeks before his debut start but fared well for a D that held Carolina to just 3 points. With Ruud on a 1-year contract, we have to wonder whether the rookie will take over before the season is done.

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Titans LB Barrett Ruud (groin) is inactive for today's game against the Panthers. 

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Titans MLB Barrett Ruud did not return to practice Friday, as expected. He's listed as questionable with a groin injury that has kept him out all week and is expected to be a game-time decision.

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Pretty much anyone wearing Titans paraphernalia failed against the Texans on Sunday. MLB Barrett Ruud was 1 of the biggest culprits. Per Pro Football Focus: "Ruud's run defending was alarmingly poor against the Texans, where he graded negatively on 12 separate occasions, making positive plays only when left unblocked or facing wide receivers like Jacoby Jones." (Otherwise, he played the run very well.) Ruud came away with 10 tackles (8 solo), yet another example of the split between actual performance and fantasy worth. As we've mentioned previously, though, Ruud's continued lackluster play could eventually lead the team to replace him with rookie Colin McCarthy. That move doesn't seem to be happening yet, but we'll be surprised if Ruud finishes the year as the starter.

John Glennon of The Tennessean reports that Titans MLB Barrett Ruud has a shoulder injury that might nag him throughout the season. "It's something I'll just have to get used to probably this year," Ruud said. "I've been fighting it since preseason, but it hasn't affected me too much in the games so far." Unfortunately, active players don't tend to say things like, "Yeah, it hurts like hell and limits my range of motion at times, but this is my livelihood." Ruud only missed a little time during Sunday's game, but there's clearly room for some concern here. Any sort of recurrent injury that can sap a player of snaps obviously takes away some scoring chances. Ruud isn't toxic to fantasy owners, but there's not much to get excited about. Rookie Colin McCarthy filled in on Sunday and could be a candidate for increased playing time later in the year. Ruud is on just a 1-year contract, and McCarthy looks like the team's future at the position.

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The Titans signed MLB Barrett Ruud to a 1-year deal on Saturday. The length of the contract makes it clear that the team views Ruud as merely a stopgap until 1 of the younger guys is ready. That will make it easier for the Titans to insert rookie Colin McCarthy late this season if they believe him to be the future at MLB. In the meantime, Ruud should remain a solid IDP producer on a team bound to see far fewer scrimmage plays than it did last year.

Tampa Bay LB Barrett Ruud will play today against Carolina according to Adam Schefter. Ruud had been listed as questionable with a knee injury.

The Tampa Tribune reports Bucs LB Barrett Ruud (knee) is questionable for week 6 vs. Carolina. Ruud was limping badly Sunday night. He wears the helmet communicator device, relaying in play calls from the coaches. The Bucs need him in the middle, especially vs. Carolina.

Bucs LB Derrick Brooks is a game-time decision because of a hamstring. He might sit out this game vs. Atlanta. "We'll have to let you know when we get to the stadium." said Jon Gruden. Look for LBs Barrett Ruud (9 tackles last week) and Cato June to step up for IDP leaguers. For more discussion, click the Week 2 IDP Rankings above under the Articles/Features.

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