Colts RB Robert Turbin has been suspended 4 games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. The 7-year vet ran with the starters this spring and drew some positive buzz. But he owns a career 3.8 yards-per-carry average and faces a bunch of backfield competition from Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Turbin wasn't a great bet for fantasy value even before this 4-game ban. His roster spot might now be in jeopardy.
Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins have been garnering the fantasy attention in the Colts backfield. But insider Stephen Holder warns not to rule out Robert Turbin. "If there’s one thing this offseason has shown, it’s that Turbin seems to have an important place on this football team," Holder writes. Turbin has been getting a bunch of 1st-team snaps this spring. But we wouldn't consider that a surprise considering Mack is sidelined after shoulder surgery and Hines and Wilkins are rookies. Still, HC Frank Reich talked up Turbin's "size and power and strength" this week. Holder believes Turbin is in line to play a short-yardage, goal-line role in what will be a full-blown committee backfield. It'll certainly be a situation to monitor when training camp opens, but we're not ready to call Turbin an option in fantasy drafts.
Colts RB Robert Turbin is expected to miss the rest of the season with the arm injury he suffered in Monday night's loss to the Titans, HC Chuck Pagano said Tuesday. Turbin was averaging just 3.8 carries and 1.8 targets per game, so the fantasy impact here isn't huge. Expect most of his work to go to RB Frank Gore. We'll see if the Colts follow through on their plan to get RB Marlon Mack more involved going forward.
Colts RB Marlon Mack (shoulder) is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Robert Turbin will serve as the clear-cut #2 RB but isn’t a fantasy option.
Per multiple reports, the Colts have claimed RB Matt Jones off waivers. Washington cut the RB on Saturday. He'll start out behind Frank Gore, Robert Turbin and Marlon Mack on Indy's backfield depth chart. Jones isn't a redraft option but remains worth a deep stash in dynasty leagues. He's still just 24.
The Colts placed RB Christine Michael on IR. He lasted just 2 weeks on the active roster. No word on Michael's injury, but at least we won't need to waste any more words on him this year. Robert Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack will battle for backup duties behind Frank Gore.
The Colts release RB Stevan Ridley, less than a week after signing him. He's still only 27 years old, but his career appears to be on the ropes. Indy now has Robert Turbin, Josh Ferguson and Jordan Todman behind starter Frank Gore.
The Colts have signed RB Stevan Ridley, who was recently cut by the Lions. The 27-year-old couldn't beat out Zach Zenner, George Winn or Dwayne Washington in Detroit, which says a lot about his ability at this point. Indy's RB corps behind starter Frank Gore is even weaker, though, so Ridley has a shot to win the backup job. He, Robert Turbin, Josh Ferguson and Jordan Todman all remain undraftable for now.
Robert Turbin is the Colts' "likely #2 back," according to the Indy Star's Stephen Holder. Rookie RB Josh Ferguson was hyped up during the spring but has busted in preseason action, averaging just .7 yards per carry and struggling in pass protection. Turbin hasn't been much better -- 1.8 yards per carry -- but at least has experience in a backup role. RB Jordan Todman also remains in the mix. “This game and the next game are going to be very important to the rest of those guys behind (Frank Gore),” HC Chuck Pagano said of the final 2 preseason contests. “All those guys are going to get some reps and somebody’s got to start to emerge.” The fantasy takeaway: Don't bother handcuffing Gore.
Colts RB Robert Turbin was cited for marijuana possession during a traffic stop earlier this month, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Police reportedly found a marijuana cigarette butt in the car's center console but said Turbin did not seem impaired and let him drive away with the citation. It doesn't seem like a big legal issue, but any drug-related offense carries the threat of league discipline. Missing even a game might hurt Turbin's status in a muddled backfield behind starter Frank Gore. We'll see if this goes anywhere.
Colts rookie RB Josh Ferguson went undrafted, but the team considered selecting him as early as the 4th round, according to insider Stephen Holder. As soon as the draft ended, the team called Ferguson's agent and told him to "name a price," per Holder. Ferguson ended up signing 1 of the most lucrative UDFA contracts this year. HC Chuck Pagano said recently that Ferguson is “not just a third-down back. He’s a good runner. He’s explosive and twitchy and he’s got a jump cut that’s really, really good." He's in the mix for the #2 RB job behind 33-year-old Frank Gore. Ferguson's main competition for that spot will be Robert Turbin, who's averaging 4.0 yards per carry through 4 NFL seasons.
The Colts have signed free-agent RB Robert Turbin. The one-time Seahawks spent parts of last year with the Browns and Cowboys, compiling 199 yards on 50 total carries. Indy will be in trouble if Turbin heads into the season as a prominent member of the backfield. His best shot figures to be a pass-catching role alongside a more run-focused early-down back. We'll see whether the Colts add someone early in the draft or if they envision Turbon and 2015 rookie Josh Robinson as competitors for bigger roles.
Cowboys RB Darren McFadden went to the locker room in the 3rd quarter of the Monday night game at Washington to be tested for a concussion. We'll update his status when we hear more. Robert Turbin is the next RB up for Dallas.
Update: ESPN's Lisa Salters reports that McFadden didn't actually go to the locker room and was just going to the stationary bike on the sideline after being checked out by trainers. He has been cleared to return to action.
Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins. He injured that groin on Wednesday but was able to get in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. McFadden is expected to play on Sunday, but the groin issue certainly adds risk. We'll continue to look for updates on his status leading up to kickoff. If McFadden doesn't play, Dallas would likely deploy a committee with RBs Rod Smith, Robert Turbin and Trey Williams.
The Cowboys have signed RB Robert Turbin, replacing 1 former Seahawk (Christine Michael) with another. Turbin has been cut by both Seattle and Cleveland this season and sports a career 4.0 yards-per-carry average. He's a middling talent but is just a Darren McFadden injury away from a significant role.
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