The place did all of the operating backs pass? It is Week 15, and 3 reputable Tremendous Bowl contenders might be trotting out the likes of Fozzy Whittaker, Mike Tolbert, Cameron Artis-Payne, Brandon Bolden, James White, Bryce Brown, Christine Michael, and Derrick Coleman as their number one ball carriers in cut up backfields.
It is been that more or less week within the NFL — the aftermath of an damage plague that swept around the league ultimate week and claimed operating again after operating again.
Let’s get started with the Panthers. On Wednesday, Panthers head trainer Ron Rivera introduced that Jonathan Stewart will omit Sunday’s recreation with a sprained foot. The damage does not seem to be critical sufficient to warrant primary fear for the Panthers’ eventual playoff run, however it’s going to obstruct their probability to make a run at a 16-Zero end. To fill Stewart’s void, the Panthers will depend on a three-headed assault composed of Mike Tolbert, Fozzy Whittaker, and rookie Cameron Artis-Payne.
The Panthers don’t seem to be on my own. The Patriots simply misplaced LeGarrette Blount for the season, this means that they are with out their most sensible two operating backs, as Blount joins Dion Lewis on injured reserve. Now, they will need to depend on Brandon Bolden and James White. Mixed, they have got carried the ball 51 occasions this season. In fact, the Patriots did signal Montee Ball, however who is aware of if he’s going to even issue into their plans on Sunday?
Seattle suffered a identical destiny. On Sunday, Thomas Rawls broke his ankle and can leave out the rest of the season. Consider: Rawls used to be intended to be Marshawn Lynch’s backup this season, however with Lynch nonetheless sidelined, the Seahawks shall be rolling into Sunday with Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, and Christine Michael (yep, him once more!).
Or you already know, the Seahawks may just simply use their fullback — one thing they are critically taking into account.
OL/asst. HC Tom Cable reiterated what Carroll had stated previous about FB Derrick Coleman factoring within the RB festival w/ Brown & Michael.
— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) December 16, 2015
The 3 injured operating backs indexed above all seem within the tweet beneath. In different phrases, two of the NFL’s highest runners are executed for the yr and some other is banged up for the quick time period.
RBs w/ lowest stuff % Rawls 12% Blount 12 Bernard 13 J.Hill 16 Stewart 17 Distinctiveness 17 Lat.Murray 17 Martin 18 Ingram, Jennings, McFadden 19
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) December 16, 2015
And that is the reason simply counting the wounds sustained remaining week which are assured to stop starters from suiting up. Increasing the scope to take a look at much less critical accidents comprises the Chiefs’ Spencer Ware, who’s fighting a rib damage, and the Jaguars’ T.J. Yeldon, who sprained his MCL and is questionable shifting ahead. To not point out the Saints’ positioned Mark Ingram on IR only a week in the past and various different groups have already misplaced their No. 1 operating backs to season-ending accidents.
So, simply as groups start to battle for playoff positions (and simply as many Myth playoffs hit the semifinals), the next gamers are projected to peer relatively significant mins this week:
- Mike Tolbert, Fozzy Whittaker, Cameron Artis-Payne (Panthers)
- Brandon Bolden, James White, Montee Ball (Patriots)
- Byrce Brown, Christine Michael, Derrick Coleman (Seahawks)
- Tim Hightower (Saints)
- Charcandrick West (Chiefs)
- Denard Robinson (Jaguars)
Welcome to Week 15 of the NFL season.
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