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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell injured his right knee in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game.  He got it twisted while being taken to the ground and was in obvious pain.  It didn't look good.  We'll update Bell's status when we learn more.  RB DeAngelo Williams will take over as Pittsburgh's lead back.

The NFL has reduced Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's suspension to 2 games.  That's a significant reduction from the original 3-game ban -- 33% to be exact.  Bell will now miss games against the Patriots and 49ers before returning for Week 3 against the Rams.  We just tacked on another game's worth of numbers to Bell's 2015 projections.  Draft Sharks Insiders can click here to check out where he sits in the rankings.  RB DeAngelo Williams' handcuff appeal takes a sizeable hit with this news.  He's now guaranteed just 2 starts against defenses that ranked 9th and 7th, respectively, against the run last year.  Of course, San Francisco figures to take a significant step back with all its offseason losses.  We still like Williams as a fantasy starter for those 2 weeks.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams is currently tipping the scales at 220 pounds.  That's reportedly down from the weight he played at last year (although he's listed at 215 on NFL.com).  Williams has focused on his nutrition this offseason as he prepares for a significant role to open the year.  He'll serve as Pittsburgh's lead back while Le'Veon Bell serves his 3-game suspension.  Despite being well past his peak, 15 or so touches per game in a top-notch offense will make Williams a starting candidate for fantasy squads while Bell is out.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has been suspended 3 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  This falls right in the middle of the 2-4 game ban we were expecting.  Bell is appealing the decision but is unlikely to get it changed after pleading guilty to DUI in February.  A popular candidate to go #1 overall in 2015 fantasy drafts had he played 16 games, Bell now figures to drop a few spots.  RB DeAngelo Williams is the favorite to serve as Pittsburgh's lead back for those first 3 weeks.  We'll see who his opponents will be when the schedule is released later this month, but he'll likely be just a low-end RB2 while Bell is out.

The Steelers have signed RB DeAngelo Williams.  Turning 32 in April, Williams averaged a career-worst 3.5 yards per carry this past season.  He's on his last legs and is just cheap insurance for Pittsburgh.  Williams figures to serve as the lead back during Le'Veon Bell's expected 2-game suspension but will be just a handcuff beyond that.

The Panthers have informed RB DeAngelo Williams of his release, according to WBTV's Molly Grantham.  The move comes as no surprise considering the $2 million it saves Carolina against the cap.  Williams turns 32 in April and averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry in 6 appearances this past year.  He'll have trouble earning any type of significant role for another team in 2015.  Meanwhile, Jonathan Stewart is finally locked in as the Panthers' feature back.  He averaged 18.3 carries for 96.7 yards (5.3 YPC) over his final 7 games this past season.

ESPN's David Newton doesn't expect RB DeAngelo Williams to return to the Panthers in 2015.  Carolina, of course, has made questionable decisions with their RBs over the past few seasons.  But GM Dave Gettleman was non-committal on Williams' Panthers future at his season-ending press conference.  Turning 32 in April, Williams averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in 6 games this past season.  Jonathan Stewart, meanwhile, flourished in a feature role.  He averaged 18.3 carries for 96.7 yards (5.3 YPC) over his final 7 games. Carolina would save $2 million against the salary cap by cutting Williams this offseason.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) is officially active for today's game against the Cardinals.  We're not expecting him to see more than a handful of touches in his 1st action since Week 13.  Avoid Williams in your DFS lineups.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. It locks in Jonathan Stewart as the feature back vs. the league’s 32nd-ranked RB defense.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) practiced all week and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. He’s not a fantasy option, though, and we can only hope that he doesn’t significantly eat into the red-hot Jonathan Stewart’s workload.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) is inactive for today’s game against the Browns. That makes RB Jonathan Stewart a good bet for 20 touches vs. the league’s 22nd-ranked RB defense.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns.  He was limited in practice all week.  Williams isn't a fantasy option, but his return would make RB Jonathan Stewart a riskier play.

Update: HC Ron Rivera said Williams will only be used in an "emergency situation."  Stewart is safe as a RB2 for Week 16.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. That makes RB Jonathan Stewart a good bet for 20+ touches vs. the league’s 22nd-ranked RB defense.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bucs.  It's great news for RB Jonathan Stewart, who is a good bet for 20+ touches.  J-Stew is a viable RB2 for Week 15.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) returned to practice on Thursday.  He did so with his injured hand heavily wrapped, though.  "I'd believe there's still a long way for DeAngelo to come before he's ready to play," insider Jonathan Jones tweeted.  We'll have another update tomorrow, but consider Williams no better than 50-50 to play against the Bucs this weekend.  He's not a fantasy option, but his return would hurt RB Jonathan Stewart's stock.

We'll just let the Charlotte Observer tell you about why HC Ron Rivera still won't deem RB Jonathan Stewart the backfield starter: "A team source has indicated to the Observer that the coaching staff feels Stewart is better feeding off Williams rather than starting the game, and that he didn’t respond like the staff would have liked him to when he was named the starter midway through the 2012 season." Hey, yeah, that setup has worked awesomely so far, which is why the Panthers finished last year 23rd in the league in RB rushing yards. And even Stewart's 155 yards at New Orleans on Sunday leaves them just 24th in that category this year. If Williams comes within 10 carries of Stewart's total in any game the rest of the way, every coach involved with the decision should be fired on the spot.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera described RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) as "day-by-day" on Monday.  Williams didn't practice at all this past week and was ruled out on Friday, so we'd consider him no better than 50-50 for this coming Sunday's game against the Bucs.  Jonathan Stewart should remain Carolina's feature back regardless of Williams' status, but we can never be sure with this coaching staff.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (finger) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. That should lock RB Jonathan Stewart into 15+ touches. He’s averaged a solid 4.3 yards per carry this season and gets a Saints defense allowing 4.6. Consider Stewart a strong Week 14 flex play with RB2 upside.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Thursday that he's "pretty much" ruled out RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) for this weekend's game against the Saints.  That gives RB Jonathan Stewart a safer workload -- think 15-18 touches -- in a plus matchup.  He's a strong RB3 or flex for your season-long team and a recommended cheap play in daily games.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams fractured a finger in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, HC Ron Rivera revealed.  He's considered "day-to-day."  Williams might be able to play through the injury, but he shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.  He's failed to top 50 total yards in a game since Week 1.  RB Jonathan Stewart would become a much more intriguing play against the Saints this Sunday if Williams is out.

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