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Free-agent RB Karlos Williams has been suspended indefinitely by the league. We know of 2 violation's of the NFL's substance abuse policy -- and it sure looks like a 3rd resulted in this latest ban. Williams' impressive 2015 rookie season feels like a long, long time ago. He's still just 24, but his career is on the ropes.

The Steelers have signed RB Karlos Williams to their practice squad. It's a nice low-risk move for Pittsburgh. Williams won't be a 2016 fantasy factor, but it's worth noting that both Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams are free agents this offseason. Williams, just 23 years old and the owner of an impressive rookie season, remains worth stashing in dynasty leagues.

The Bills have released RB Karlos Williams. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the move was performance-based, rather than off-field. Williams reported to the team overweight this offseason and was behind LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee, Jonathan Williams and possibly Reggie Bush on the depth chart. It still seems like a short-sighted move by Buffalo, though. Williams wasn't costing much and flashed big-time ability as a rookie. It shouldn't take him long to find a new home. We'd hang on to Williams in dynasty leagues.

Bills RB Karlos Williams passed his physical and is expected to make his training camp debut on Monday, according to insider Joe Buscaglia. We'll see if he can right the ship after an ugly offseason. Williams still has the raw talent to re-emerge as Buffalo's #2 RB. For now, though, he's only worth drafting late in best-ball leagues. Mike Gillislee is the favorite to open the season as LeSean McCoy's backup.

"We're not going to give up on Karlos Williams," Bills HC Rex Ryan said on Tuesday. Williams, of course, had a disastrous offseason. He reported to spring workouts overweight and was slapped with a 4-game suspension for substance abuse. But he's also a 6'1, 230-pounder who averaged 5.6 yards per carry and scored 9 total TDs on 104 touches as a rookie. He could still help out fantasy squads over Buffalo's final 12 games, especially in best-ball leagues. We've seen him dropping into the last few rounds of recent 20-round MFL10 drafts.

The Bills and RB Reggie Bush are finalizing a 1-year contract, according to insider Jason La Canfora. Bush's 2015 season with the 49ers ended on November 1 with a torn MCL. He's 31 now and has averaged just 3.9 yards per carry and 6.2 yards per catch over the past 2 years. Bush is no more than a change-of-pace option at this point -- and it's unclear whether he'll be effective even in that role. He's no threat to RB LeSean McCoy's workload and will need to beat out Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams for the #2 RB job while Karlos Williams serves his 4-game suspension.

Bills RB Karlos Williams opened training camp on the non-football injury list. He still needs to slim down after showing up to OTAs overweight. “Karlos has to get cleared medically and then we have to transition him into getting physically ready to play football,” GM Doug Whaley said. Mix in Williams’ 4 game suspension, and it’s tough to use a draft pick on him outside of deep leagues.

Turns out Bills RB Karlos Williams was doing more than stuffing his face this offseason. He's been suspended 4 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. With rookie RB Jonathan Williams also facing a potential ban for his recent DWI arrest, Buffalo could be down to LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee and James Wilder in the backfield for the first month. McCoy's stock gets a slight boost with the recent news. Karlos Williams is now tough to like as more than a late-round flier. There are obvious dedication issues here.

The Buffalo News' Tyler Dunne believes Karlos Williams is not guaranteed the #2 RB job this season. He averaged a whopping 5.6 yards per carry and totaled 9 TDs on 104 touches as a rookie last year. But he also missed time with a concussion and a shoulder injury. Then he reported to spring workouts overweight. Buffalo added RB Jonathan Williams in the 5th round of this year's draft, returns RB Mike Gillislee and was reportedly impressed by RB James Wilder's work this spring. Karlos Williams remains the favorite for the #2 spot on the depth chart, but it'll be a situation worth monitoring this summer. The Bills' run-heavy offense creates plenty of fantasy potential behind starter LeSean McCoy.

Bills HC Rex Ryan called out RB Karlos Williams for being overweight. "Obviously he's not anywhere close to where he needs to play at a high level," Ryan said. "So we've got to get some weight off him and he certainly understands that." Ryan never mentioned a target weight, but Williams is listed at 6’1, 230 pounds. According to the Buffalo News, Williams said that he weighed in the 240s around the middle of last season. No matter the number, it’s only a slight concern at this stage in the offseason.

WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reports that an arrest warrant is expected to be issued for Bills RB LeSean McCoy within the next couple of days.  He's expected to face criminal charges of aggravated assault for his role in a fight that sent 2 police officers to the hospital.  We'll see what happens on the legal side of this, but McCoy is likely looking at a suspension from the NFL.  That'd open up starts for RB Karlos Williams.

Bills RB Karlos Williams has been ruled out of Sunday’s game vs. the Jets with a knee injury. Mike Gillislee will handle the bulk of the work with Williams unavailable. The Bills also have RB Anthony Dixon and FB Jerome Felton active for the season finale.

The update for today's Jets-Bills game calls for a 40% chance of snow with winds of 19-20 mph.  The gusty winds are a concern for both passing and kicking games.  Look for run-heavy attacks on both sides.  Karlos Williams and Chris Ivory are both solid RB2s.

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The Bills have finally officially rule RB LeSean McCoy out for Sunday's finale against the Jets. That solidifies RB Karlos Williams as a fantasy starter, with Mike Gillislee only a fringe option in deepest of situations. McCoy enjoyed a big game when the Bills beat the Jets on the road in Week 10.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.  HC Rex Ryan admitted that it "doesn't look good" for McCoy to play against the Jets this weekend.  Look for Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee to again handle backfield duties in the tough matchup.

The Bills announced Karlos Williams as their starting RB for today's game against the Cowboys.  ESPN's Mike Rodak cautions that RB Mike Gillislee will remain involved, but Williams is clearly the better bet for touches and the better fantasy play.  Buffalo should be able to run it plenty in this one, giving the explosive rookie RB1 upside.

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