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The Ravens have placed RB Danny Woodhead (hamstring) on IR. HC John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Woodhead's hammy would cost him at least 4 weeks, but this move knocks him out for at least 8. (We're expecting him to be designated-to-return.") Woodhead isn't worth stashing outside of leagues with deep benches or an IR spot. Terrance West and Buck Allen will handle backfield duties while Woodhead is out.

Update: They also promoted RB Jeremy Langford from the practice squad.

The Bears on Sunday waived RB Jeremy Langford (along with TE Ben Braunecker). It's not a surprising move given Langford's huge fall from the starting role last season. He initially made the 53-man roster, but the team dumped him to make room for Baltimore castoff RB Taquan Mizzell. Langford's not worth clinging to even in most dynasty fantasy football leagues at this point. We'll see if he lands on another active roster.

Bears RB Jordan Howard suffered an ankle or Achilles injury during Sunday's loss to the Bucs, HC John Fox revealed afterward. We didn't notice or hear of an injury during the game. Howard's final carry came midway through the 4th quarter. We'll look for an update on his status tomorrow. Howard's absence would leave Chicago's backfield to Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford (ankle) is active for tonight’s game vs. the Vikings. Out since Week 3, Langford returns to a running back by committee. The Bears have announced that Jordan Howard will start.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Bears. He shouldn't be in Week 8 fantasy lineups, but his return would further dent RB Jordan Howard's outlook.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford (ankle) returned to practice on Tuesday, according to insider Brad Biggs. He's missed the past 4 weeks but appears to have a chance to return for Monday night's game against the Vikings. That'd turn what's recently been a 2-man committee into a 3-man backfield. Langford, Jordan Howard and Ka'Deem Carey are all better off on fantasy benches vs. Minnesota's 7th-ranked RB defense.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Bears expect RB Jeremy Langford to miss 4-6 weeks with the ankle sprain that knocked him out of Sunday night's loss to the Cowboys. That clears the way for Jordan Howard to likely take the backfield lead, starting with a solid home matchup against the Lions in Week 4. Howard should be owned in all fantasy football leagues. Given Langford's lacking performance so far, we wouldn't be surprised if Howard keeps the top job even after Langford returns. Ka'Deem Carey remains in the picture as well but is a limited player that John Fox's staff inherited from Lovie Smith & Co.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford has a sprained ankle, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. No word yet on the severity or whether it's a high-ankle sprain. Regardless, Langford looks extremely questionable for this weekend's game against the Lions. His absence would give rookie RB Jordan Howard a chance to take hold of the lead role.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford was injured in the 3rd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. The team announced it as an ankle injury, but NBC's Michelle Tafoya reported that trainers were examining Langford's Achilles. He was carted back to the locker room. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday, according to insider Jeff Dickerson. Langford missed a few days of work with what always looked like a minor injury. We'll see if he plays in Chicago's 3rd exhibition, but we've seen enough to feel comfy with him as a RB2. Langford has averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 12 attempts through 2 exhibitions.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford shed his walking boot on Sunday, according to insider Zach Zaidman. Langford didn't practice, but it continues to look like the foot issue isn't a serious concern. In line to operate as Chicago's 3-down back, Langford is a nice RB2 target.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford missed the team's Saturday night practice and was seen on the sideline wearing a walking boot on his left foot. We hadn't seen anything previously about an injury, so we wouldn't bet on this being a serious situation. But we'll obviously keep an eye on the status of the guy working as Chicago's clear lead back so far.

Update: "I think he got landed on. He got sore after the game," Bears HC John Fox said, according to, referring to Thursday's matchup with New England. Fox didn't specify the injury any further, but it doesn't sound like this is a big deal. We'll see how quickly Langford returns to the field.

Jeremy Langford operated as the Bears' feature back with the 1st-team offense in Thursday night's preseason game against the Patriots. He received all 9 RB touches with the starters, operating as the lead runner, pass-catcher and red-zone back. In fact, we didn't see any other RB get on the field with the 1st unit. Langford turned his 8 carries into 55 yards and a score and added an 8-yard reception. Langford looked good in this one, but the do-it-all role is the biggest takeaway. If he maintains that workload, Langford will be a RB2 with RB1 upside.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have told RB Jeremy Langford that they want him to gain more yards after contact. It’s a fine point of emphasis. As a rookie, Langford ranked 2nd to last in yards after contact per rush, per ESPN Stats and Info. “It’s just having that mindset to get yards after contact," Langford said. "You do a lot of different drills in practice to keep your base wide, so in the games it kind of comes naturally.” We’ll keep a close eye on Langford this preseason. For now, though, he's risky to draft as an RB2.

Bears OC Dowell Loggains called rookie Jordan Howard a "change-of-pace back."  It's notable when most teams are calling their new guys "complete" or "do-it-all" backs.  Loggains hinted that Howard will be used in a specific role behind starter Jeremy Langford.  "Their skill sets are different," Loggains said.  "We'll use the skill set the way it needs to be. We won't ask them to both do the same thing, but we'll find out what Howard does well and we'll play to that."  We're not completely ruling out the possibility of Howard eventually passing Langford on the totem pole, but Langford will certainly head to training camp as the favorite for the lead job.

The Bears added RB Jordan Howard in the 5th round of the 2016 draft. A 6’0, 230-pound bruiser, Howard led the RB class with 3.7 yards after contact per attempt, per Pro Football Focus. He’s not a burner but displays good vision and enough shiftiness. With just 24 catches over 3 college seasons, Howard might settle in as a 2-down back. But he’s certainly capable of pushing Jeremy Langford in Chicago, especially in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

Bears GM Ryan Pace called Jeremy Langford a "complete back" at the Combine this week.  "We still feel he's an ascending player," Pace added. "I have a lot of confidence in his physical ability, his speed, his vision, his acceleration."  Langford is already emerging as 1 of the most divisive players in fantasy football.  He averaged an underwhelming 3.6 yards per carry as a rookie last year.  But he racked up 366 total yards and 4 TDs in the 3 games RB Matt Forte missed.  Langford averaged 17 carries and 4.3 catches per game during that stretch.  If Chicago lets Forte walk in free agency and doesn't add legitimate competition for Langford, volume alone could make him a strong fantasy option.

RB Matt Forte confirmed on Friday that he won't be back with the Bears in 2016. "Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end," Forte wrote on Instagram. "I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency."  Chicago is ready to move forward with 2015 4th-round RB Jeremy Langford, who totaled 366 yards and 4 scores in the 3 games Forte missed.  Langford looks like a RB2 with upside in 2016 fantasy drafts.  Forte, meanwhile, will hit free agency at 30 years old.  He averaged a solid 4.1 yards per carry and 8.8 yards per catch this past season, though, and could still at least be a productive half of a committee.  We'll see where he lands.

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