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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin revealed Tuesday that RB DeAngelo Williams is dealing with swelling in his mid-foot.  He won't practice on Wednesday.  It's unclear if this is a legitimate injury or just a case of a 32-year-old RB dealing with some soreness after a 29-touch outing.  We should know more by Thursday.  Pittsburgh would be left with Jordan Todman and Isaiah Pead if Williams can't play against the Browns this weekend.

The Steelers have placed RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) on IR, officially ending his 2015 season.  Bell tore his MCL in Sunday's loss to the Bengals but reportedly avoided any ACL damage.  That's good news for his long-term outlook, although this is the 2nd straight year that his season ended with a right knee injury.  Still just 24 in February, Bell will be an easy 1st-round pick in 2016 fantasy drafts.  DeAngelo Williams will take over as Pittsburgh's lead back the rest of the way and should produce as a weekly RB2 with RB1 upside.  The Steelers signed RB Isaiah Pead on Monday to compete with Jordan Todman and Dri Archer for scraps behind Williams.

Rams RB Isaiah Pead suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's preseason game.  It ends his season -- and possibly his Rams career.  The former 2nd-round pick has been a colossal bust.  He was 4th on the depth chart -- behind Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason -- and well off the fantasy radar even before this injury.

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Rams RB Isaiah Pead is a surprise INACTIVE for tonight's game against the 49ers.  He wasn't listed on the Week 4 injury report, so it looks like he's a healthy scratch.  Pead was St. Louis' lead back last week after RB Daryl Richardson left early with foot trouble, but he finished with just 20 yards on 6 carries.  He evidently didn't do enough to even serve as a backup tonight.  Pead has been a major disappointment since being selected in the 2nd round last year.  Rookie RB Zac Stacy is active tonight, but Daryl Richardson will serve as the Rams' feature back.  We just bumped him up our RB Rankings.

Rams RB Isaiah Pead is set to make his 2013 debut this Sunday after serving his 1-game suspension last weekend.  Pead is listed as the #2 RB on the depth chart and should see action behind Daryl Richardson against the Falcons in Week 2.  Richardson turned in a ho-hum effort in the opener, averaging just 3.2 yards on 20 carries.  In addition to getting Pead in the mix, the Rams also want to get RB Zac Stacy more involved going forward.  Richardson will remain the best fantasy bet in Week 2, but he'll be nothing more than a RB3 or flex.  And his grip on the starting job is tenuous.

Rams RB Isaiah Pead failed to impress in significant duty Saturday night.  He ran for just 21 yards on 11 carries against the Packers after getting the start over Daryl Richardson.  (Zac Stacy was inactive.)  Pead's best play was a 10-yard catch-and-run.  That's hardly enough to shove Richardson aside and take a big portion of the rushing workload.  Pead struggled to find running room for most of the night, which bodes ill for the whole group of Rams RBs.  Frankly, we're not excited about any of them this year.  But it's clear that Richardson should be the 1st of the 3 off the board in your fantasy football draft.

Daryl Richardson is in the lead in St. Louis' RB derby.  But OC Brian Schottenheimer made it clear that Isaiah Pead is still in the running.  "Would I say Daryl has the lead? Sure, but there’s a ways to go, and we expect good things from Isaiah this weekend," Schotty said.  “I think Isaiah’s done some amazing things in training camp."  Pead has continued to receive 1st-team reps in practice and is expected to get work with the starters in Saturday's preseason game.  The former 2nd-round pick is still plenty capable of winning a significant role -- and even the starting job.  Pead's ADP has dropped into the 12th round, making him a fine flier.

Rams RB Daryl Richardson got the start and the 1st carry in Thursday night's preseason opener.  RB Isaiah Pead entered later in the 1st series and promptly lost a fumble.  Not a good start for a guy battling for playing time.  Pead went on to tally 18 yards on 3 carries.  Richardson finished with 4 rushes for 24 yards, plus 2 catches for 20 more.  RB Zac Stacy played only with the backups, carrying 7 times for 23 yards.  This battle is far from over, but Richardson probably lengthened his lead on Thursday.

Rams insider Joe Lyons thinks QB Sam Bradford is "primed for a big season."  After watching a little over a week of training camp, Lyons sees the Rams offense looking to "spread the field with the short- and medium-range passing game."  There are plenty of weapons here with Tavon Austin, Chris Givens and Jared Cook.  And Bradford looks "much more comfortable" in his 2nd season with OC Brian Schottenheimer, per Lyons.  We also talked to Lyons about Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Brian Quick and the Rams backfield.  Click here to check out the entire interview.

Rams HC Jeff Fisher says there might be 1 RB to emerge and "carry it 350 times."  But it sounds more likely that the Rams go with a RB-by-committee.  ”It’s not going to be out of the question that we don’t play two or three of them quite a bit," Fisher said.  "We may not end up with a ‘bell cow’ like we’ve had last year in [Steven Jackson] and previous years, and just let them all play.” Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson and Zac Stacy all remain in the mix here.  A committee attack would likely feature Pead on early downs,  Richardson in passing situations and Stacy in short-yardage.  We're avoiding Richardson at his current 7th-round ADP.  Pead (10th round) and Stacy (Round 16+) are both worth considering.

It sure sounds like the Rams are planning on a committee attack in the backfield this season.  “You need multiple backs in this league,” OC Brian Schottenheimer said. “We’re going to try to play to their strengths... This year I think we’ve got nice pieces to try to blend in and differently attack people.”  Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson and Zac Stacy all figure to be in the mix.  Pead and Richardson are undersized, while Stacy is an unproven rookie.  There's fantasy value to be had here, but none of the Rams RB are likely to be top 20 fantasy performers.  We'll keep our eye on how the roles shake out this summer.

Rams RB Isaiah Pead will miss the 1st game of the year, but not because of a failed drug test.  Pro Football Talk reports the discipline stems from a July 2012 arrest for marijuana possession.  The team has been vague about the details of Pead's suspension, but HC Jeff Fisher did say: "This was an incident that took place last summer, so we dealt with it at that point knowing that the league was probably going to follow up."  This news seems to support the notion that the 1-game ban won't hurt Pead's chances in the backfield competition -- unless, of course, Zac Stacy goes all Alfred Morris on the Cards in Week 1.


Rams HC Jeff Fisher says Isaiah Pead's 1-game suspension won't impact his chances of winning the team's starting RB job.  "There’s great competition there. He’s not going to be penalized as far as reps and carries during the preseason," Fisher said. "We’re getting ready for a long haul, and we’ll be without him for one week, which we understand, but it doesn’t complicate things.”  Pead is allowed to be with the team for spring practices, training camp and the preseason.  If he's the best RB during that time, he'll be the lead back when he returns for Week 2.  Rookie Zac Stacy -- and to a lesser extent, Daryl Richardson -- will give Pead a run for that starting gig.  It'll be one of the most intriguing battles this summer.

The Rams have been aware of RB Isaiah Pead's 1-game suspension "for months," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  The ban was from a "minor violation from last year."  Rapoport hears from a team source that "expectations are still high" for Pead in 2013.  He's reportedly "been working his butt off," and the team sees "a big step forward" this year.  Pead will be able to practice with the team all summer and play in the preseason.  If he outplays Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson, he should take over as the Rams' lead back starting in Week 2.

Rams RB Isaiah Pead has been suspended for Week 1 after violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.  He’ll remain eligible to participate in all offseason activities – including preseason games.  But this news opens the door for Daryl Richardson and Zac Stacy to solidify spots in a wide open backfield.  It’s a battle we’ll follow closely all summer long.


Rams insider Tony Softli calls RB one of the team's biggest needs heading into the draft.  He selected Alabama RB Eddie Lacy for St. Louis in NFL Network's beat writers mock draft.  If Lacy lands in the Gateway City, he'd step right in as the lead back.  It'd crush the fantasy values of RBs Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson.  We're still not convinced the Rams will use an early pick on a RB, though.  They just used 2nd and 7th-round picks last year on Pead and Richardson, who both flashed at different points of 2012.  WR, S and offensive line all look like bigger needs at this point.

Rams RB Isaiah Pead was mostly invisible in his rookie campaign.  He missed OTAs because of his school's graduation and didn't receive his first carry until Week 7.  He finished with 10 totes for 54 yards.  But HC Jeff Fisher still believes the 2nd-round pick can be "the guy" in St. Louis' backfield.  "We drafted Isaiah because we felt like he has a chance to be a good back, not necessarily just a change of pace back for [Steven Jackson], but the guy."  GM Les Snead noted Pead's impressive speed and said he expects him to be "even better" in his 2nd season.  Now, there's still a chance Steve Jax returns to St. Louis.  And Fisher also mentioned Daryl Richardson, Terrance Ganaway and the possibility of adding a rookie when discussing his backfield.  This will be a training camp battle -- assuming Jackson departs -- but Pead has as good a chance to win the job as anyone.

The Rams selected Cincinnati RB Isaiah Pead in the 2nd-round of the draft. A surprise as the 4th RB off the board, Pead goes just 5’10 and 193 pounds. But he has 4.4 speed and is lightning-quick. Pead rushed for 3,094 yards on a 6.0-yard average over his last 3 seasons. He added 710 yards on 85 receptions. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell has compared Pead to Jamaal Charles. We’re not that high on him, but Pead does have the look of a dynamic change-of-pace guy. Of course, RB Steven Jackson will remain St. Louis’ workhorse in 2012, so Pead will struggle for consistent fantasy value. Look for him to contribute on special teams and passing downs.

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