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Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.  As expected.  Fitzgerald Toussaint will lead the way in Pittsburgh's backfield, with Jordan Todman also getting work.  Don't expect the Steelers to have much rushing success, but Toussaint could be busy in the passing game.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot/ankle) is "not looking good" for Sunday's playoff game against the Broncos.  Williams visited noted specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Monday and must not have gotten good news.  His absence would again leave the backfield to RBs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman.  Toussaint played 66% of the offensive snaps last week, totaling 118 yards on 21 touches.  Todman was on the field for just 19% of the snaps but turned 11 carries in 65 yards.  Both guys will have a much tougher challenge this weekend against Denver's stingy run defense.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle/foot) is out for Saturday night's game against the Bengals, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  That's the way it had been trending all week.  Rapoport adds that "there's a chance" Williams plays next weekend if Pittsburgh knocks off Cincinnati.  They'll need to do so with a backfield of Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman.  Toussaint is the better bet for touches but is just a fantasy flier.

Steelers insider Gerry Dulac reports that RB DeAngelo Williams has an "outside chance, albeit a small one" to play against the Bengals on Saturday night.  An MRI on his ankle showed no major damage, but he's not helped by having just 6 days to heal up.  Dulac adds that Williams' status might come down to pain tolerance.  For now, consider him less than 50/50 to play. If Williams sits out, Pittsburgh would be down to RBs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman.

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.

The Panthers believe rookie Cameron Artis-Payne is capable of stepping in as the lead back if Jonathan Stewart goes down.  "He's a complete back," HC Ron Rivera said. "I watched games last year where he took games over. That's what you saw with [Todd] Gurley. That's what you saw with the kid from Wisconsin [Melvin Gordon].  And he played in the SEC. He played good, quality football against good, quality competition."  Artis-Payne dropped to the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft at least in part because of mediocre measurables (5'10, 212 pounds, 4.53 40 time).  But he busted out for 1,608 yards and 13 TDs on a 5.3 per-carry average in his final season at Auburn.  Artis-Payne shouldn't have much trouble beating out Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves and Jordan Todman for the backup job behind the injury-prone Stewart.

The Panthers selected RB Cameron Artis-Payne in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  The Auburn product exploded for 1,608 yards and 13 scores on a 5.3 per-carry average this past season.  He's well-built at 5'10 and 212 pounds and ran a decent 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the Combine.  Artis-Payne isn't a homerun threat but gets upfield with nice burst.  He could immediately step in as a change-of-pace option behind Jonathan Stewart in Carolina.  His only competitors for that role are Fozzy Whittaker and Jordan Todman.  Artis-Payne more than likely lacks the upside to emerge as a lead back, though.

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson (foot) is out for the rest of the season.  The 2nd-year back flashed some serious potential in a 4-game stretch from Weeks 7-10, ripping off 389 yards and 4 TDs on 72 carries (5.4 YPC).  Robinson faded over the last 3 weeks -- likely a result of his 1st full season as an NFL RB.  Considering this guy was a QB in college, it's safe to assume he's yet to reach his ceiling.  Robinson could be a RB2 in 2015 fantasy drafts, depending on whether Jacksonville adds anything to the backfield this offseason.  The Jags are left with RBs Toby Gerhart, Storm Johnson and Jordan Todman for the rest of the 2014 campaign.  Gerhart is the best bet for touches this weekend, but the situation should be avoided against Baltimore's top-ranked RB defense.  We'll re-assess before a plus Week 16 draw against the Titans.

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson has a mid-foot sprain, according to insider Mark Long.  No word on the severity, but that tends to be a tough injury.  Robinson's status for this weekend's game against the Ravens is uncertain.  But between that tough matchup, the injury and Robinson's recent poor play, he's an extremely shaky Week 15 fantasy play.  If Robinson can't go, Toby Gerhart and Jordan Todman will likely handle RB duties.

John Oehser of the Jaguars' official website guesses that RB Jordan Todman will start Sunday's game against the Titans, but that RB Storm Johnson will get "most of the carries."  It'd make sense for Jacksonville to give the veteran the starting nod, but Johnson has a clear talent edge over Todman and looked like the Jaguars' best RB last week.  We're expecting him to carry somewhere between 10-15 times tomorrow, putting him on the RB3/flex radar.  Todman and Denard Robinson are unlikely to reach double-digit touches.

Jordan Todman has a "solid hold" on the Jaguars' #2 RB job, according to insider Michael DiRocco.  "You’re seeing him break some," HC Gus Bradley said.  and I think that’s what we’re counting on him for -- to give that change-up, that burst that we know he has."  Todman is trying to hold off RBs Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson for work behind starter Toby Gerhart.  We're not expecting the #2 RB to see more than a handful of touches per game, though.  And even if Gerhart goes down, the Jags would likely deploy a committee backfield.  None of Jacksonville's backup RBs are recommended fantasy targets.

Jaguars insider Ryan O'Halloran calls OTAs a "resounding success" for RB Denard Robinson.  "His comfort level catching passes out of the backfield is noticeable," O'Halloran noted.  Robinson is still in the process of transitioning from QB to RB.  He was clearly uncomfortable last year, but it sounds like he's settling in now.  Robinson will still need to beat out Jordan Todman and rookie Storm Johnson for touches behind Toby Gerhart.  Shoelace remains a long shot for 2014 fantasy value.

The Jaguars snatched up RB Storm Johnson in the 7th round of the draft.  We're surprised he hung around for so long.  Johnson started his career at Miami before transferring to Central Florida.  He had a breakout 2013 season, busting off 1,139 yards and 14 TDs on the ground, plus 260 yards and 3 scores on 30 catches.  Johnson is a well-built 6'0, 209-pounder with impressive open-field ability.  His pass protection and ball security need work, but Johnson has NFL starter potential.  He'll battle Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson for snaps behind Toby Gerhart this season.

The Jaguars released RB Justin Forsett.  He signed a 2-year deal last offseason but carried just 6 times in 2013.  Forsett dealt with a toe injury in the summer and then suffered a broken foot in Week 12.  He should be fine for training camp but might need to battle just for a roster spot.  His upside is as a 8-10 touch change-of-pace option.  Forsett turns 29 in October.  With Maurice Jones-Drew set to hit the free-agent market later today, Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson currently top Jacksonville's RB depth chart.

Starting in place of Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring), Todman rushed 25 times for 109 yards.  He added 4 catches for 44 yards, showing soft hands in the process.  Todman’s total yardage (153) exceeded MJD’s single-game high of 144 this season.  It’s not far-fetched to call this 23-year-old former practice squad player the superior runner.  He ran with surprising power for a 200 pounder and showed his long speed on a game-high 33-yard run.  MJD was listed as doubtful on the injury report this week, so there’s no guarantee he’ll return for Sunday’s tilt against Tennessee.  Given another start, Todman would be a potential RB2, especially in a plus matchup.

Chargers rookie RB Jordan Todman is anxious to get to training camp and start working his way towards earning a role in San Diego's backfield.  "I'm in a good spot, but nothing has been handed to me," Todman said. "I'm still going to be busting my butt out there to find my role with the team."  The UConn product exploded for 1,695 yards and 14 TDs last season.  He possesses 4.4 speed but lacks ideal size and isn't an instinctual runner.  He'll be given a chance to fill Darren Sproles' change-of-pace role with the Chargers.  But we're just not big fans of Todman's skill-set.  And as the #3 RB on San Diego's depth chart, there isn't much upside here.

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