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Seahawks sign running back Adrian Peterson to practice squad

Wed Dec 1 6:40pm ET
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Desperate for depth at running back, the Seattle Seahawks signed 36-year-old Adrian Peterson to their practice squad on Wednesday.

There's no guarantee Peterson will be added to Seattle's active roster ahead of Sunday's game against San Francisco, but with Chris Carson out for the season, and Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer missing last Monday's game with injuries, the Seahawks opted to add the veteran to bolster their depth.

''I gotta wait and see how he does out here,'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ''I've watched the film and seen him play. He plays just as aggressive and tough as he ever has. So I'm anxious to see what he adds to the club, and he's fired up about it too. So I don't have anything specific to tell you until we get on the field and get working and that hasn't happened yet.''

Peterson appeared in three games earlier this season for Tennessee following a season-ending injury suffered by Derrick Henry. Peterson started two games and had 27 carries for 82 yards and a 3.0-yard average per rushing attempt and one touchdown run.

His longest run of 16 yards came against Houston. Peterson was released by the Titans on Nov. 23.

Now in his 15th season, Peterson is a four-time All-Pro, seven-time Pro Bowl selection, was the 2012 league MVP and is likely bound for the Hall of Fame. Carroll joked he's been trying to get Peterson on his teams back to his college days at USC.

''I've known him forever, all the way back to his high school days and I admired him tremendously over the years,'' Carroll said. ''Always disappointed we didn't get him back in the day, but like I just told him we finally got him.''

Seattle is uncertain if Penny or Homer will be able to play Sunday against San Francisco, and starter Alex Collins has been bothered for several weeks by an abdominal injury.

Carroll was asked why bringing in an aging veteran was the best move, rather than giving a young player on the practice squad such as Josh Johnson an opportunity.

''We're trying to get ready to win this football game so I'm going to see if Adrian has something to offer us,'' Carroll said. ''Just in his presence, in his toughness he brings something in. So let's see what happens. We're just trying to get the right mix.''

Seattle's run game has been awful and a big part of the reason behind its offensive struggles. Seattle is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, but ranks 31st in the league in rushing attempts and 25th in yards rushing.

The Seahawks have failed to top 100 yards rushing in five straight games, the longest streak since a run of six straight games during the 2016 season.

Whether Peterson ends up contributing this week, the Seahawks run game should have a chance at better success if starting left guard Damien Lewis is able to play. Lewis missed last week with an elbow injury, but Carroll said they are expecting him to be able to play against the 49ers.

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Jordan Howard Dec 1 7:10pm ET
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Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (knee) missed practice on Wednesday. Howard missed practice all of last week and was ruled out, and he's not on track to make his return in Week 13 against the New York Jets. Miles Sanders and Boston Scott split the majority of the workload in last week's loss to the New York Giants, with rookie Kenneth Gainwell playing sparingly in pass-catching situations. As long as both Sanders and Scott are able to play this Sunday, the Eagles backfield should remain largely unchanged. Against a Jets defense that is allowing 128.7 rushing yards per game to opponents this year, both Sanders and Scott could have RB2 upside if the Eagles continue to rely on their ground attack.

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Phillip Lindsay Dec 1 7:00pm ET
Phillip Lindsay

Miami Dolphins running back Phillip Lindsay (ankle) and tight end Adam Shaheen (knee) were limited in Wednesday's practice. Lindsay played 15 offensive snaps in his team debut in Week 12 and carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards behind Myles Gaskin. Lindsay's addition is obviously bad news for Salvon Ahmed's rest-of-season outlook, but Lindsay won't have much standalone fantasy value in this offense as the No. 2 running back. Shaheen missed last week's win over the Carolina Panthers but is on track to return in Week 13 against the New York Giants. But as the No. 2 behind Mike Gesicki when healthy, Shaheen has no fantasy value. He's caught 12 of 16 targets for 110 scoreless yards in nine games in 2021.

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John Ross Dec 1 6:50pm ET
John Ross

New York Giants tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) and wide receiver John Ross (illness) both missed practice on Wednesday. Tight end Kaden Smith (knee) also missed practice. Rudolph did not play in Week 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles, allowing Chris Myarick, who scored a touchdown, to see extra playing time alongside Evan Engram. If quarterback Mike Glennon starts in place of Daniel Jones (neck), he could rely on New York's tight ends more as a safety blanket, but relying on Myarick or Engram as anything more than a TE2 is risky business. Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) and Kadarius Toney (quadriceps) are in danger of missing another game, but even if Ross is active in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins, he'd be battling with Collin Johnson for snaps in three-receiver sets behind Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton.

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Kadarius Toney Dec 1 6:50pm ET
Kadarius Toney

New York Giants wide receivers Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) and Kadarius Toney (oblique, quadriceps) both missed practice on Wednesday. Shepard hasn't played since Week 8. He's been productive when on the field in five games, but it's unrealistic to expect him to have a big workload if he's able to get back on the practice field later this week and play in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins. Toney has looked electric with the ball in his hands in his rookie season, but he missed last week due to injury, and both Shepard and Toney might be taking passes from backup quarterback Mike Glennon if they are active this weekend, which further lowers their fantasy appeal this weekend. Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton will be New York's top-two pass-catchers if Shepard and Toney continue to miss time.

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Auden Tate Dec 1 6:40pm ET
Auden Tate

Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers Auden Tate (calf) and Mike Thomas (illness) both missed practice on Wednesday. Tate and Thomas have been battling for snaps as the No. 4 receiver behind rookie Ja'Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins all season long, but Tate hasn't been available since Week 7. He's caught three of four targets for 39 yards and one touchdown in seven games, while Thomas has five receptions for 52 yards on eight targets in eight games. Neither has been fantasy relevant in this crowded receiving corps. If both Tate and Thomas are unavailable in Week 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Stanley Morgan would be Cincy's No. 4 wideout.

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Logan Thomas Dec 1 6:33pm ET
Logan Thomas

Washington Football Team TE Logan Thomas (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Fantasy Spin: Thomas was back in the lineup after being sidelined for several weeks and was targeted six times during the game. He should be one of the main options in the passing game and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end.

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Landon Collins Dec 1 6:33pm ET
Landon Collins

Washington Football Team S Landon Collins (foot), C Tyler Larsen (knee), OG Wes Schweitzer (ankle) and CB Benjamin St-Juste (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 1. OG Brandon Scherff (knee) and TE Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) were limited during practice.

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Cole Kmet Dec 1 6:30pm ET
Cole Kmet

Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet (groin) was unable to practice on Wednesday due to a groin issue. Kmet has yet to find the end zone in his second NFL season, but he's coming off one of his best games of the year on Thanksgiving when he caught a season-high eight passes for 65 yards on a season-high 11 targets. The season high in targets and catches likely had to do with the fact that both Allen Robinson II (hamstring) and Marquise Goodwin (foot, ribs) were inactive. Robinson and Goodwin could miss more time this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals, but Kmet must also get back on the practice field later this week if he hopes to play in Week 13. Kmet will be a low-end TE1 streamer if he plays, but the Cardinals have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game (4.1) to TEs this year. Jimmy Graham would be a more attractive touchdown-dependent TE2 if Kmet doesn't play.

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Damien Williams Dec 1 6:30pm ET
Damien Williams

Chicago Bears running back Damien Williams (calf) missed another practice to kick off the week on Wednesday. Williams also missed practice all of last week before missing his third straight game in the Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions. The 29-year-old has been sidelined since Week 8 and was surpassed on the RB depth chart by rookie Khalil Herbert when David Montgomery went on Injured Reserve earlier this season. Montgomery has since taken control of lead-back duties, leaving scraps for Herbert. Whenever Williams returns, he'll have a non-existent role as the No. 3 back in this lackluster offense. He should remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.

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Curtis Samuel Dec 1 6:23pm ET
Curtis Samuel

Washington Football Team WR Curtis Samuel (groin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Fantasy Spin: Samuel returned to the lineup last week but finished with only one catch and nine yards. He may see a few more targets this week but can be avoided in fantasy leagues.

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Allen Robinson Dec 1 6:20pm ET
Allen Robinson

Chicago Bears wide receivers Allen Robinson II (hamstring) and Marquise Goodwin (foot, ribs) both missed practice on Wednesday. Robinson has missed the team's last two games, while Goodwin was inactive last Thursday on Thanksgiving in the win over the Detroit Lions. The 28-year-old Robinson has just one touchdown on the year and is in the midst of a disastrous contract season. He's become droppable in 12-team leagues, especially if he cannot play again this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals. Goodwin, at best, is a boom/bust deep threat when available. Darnell Mooney has become Chicago's top receiving threat, even when Robinson and Goodwin are active. Damiere Byrd caught four of five targets for 42 yards as the No. 2 pass-catcher last week.

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Andrew Sendejo Dec 1 6:13pm ET
Andrew Sendejo

Indianapolis Colts DT DeForest Buckner (knee, foot), C Ryan Kelly (knee), LB Darius Leonard (ankle, wrist), OG Quenton Nelson (ankle) and S Andrew Sendejo (calf) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 1. OT Eric Fisher (knee) was limited during practice.

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J.D. McKissic Dec 1 6:13pm ET
J.D. McKissic

Washington Football Team RB J.D. McKissic (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Fantasy Spin: McKissic needs to pass the concussion tests before he is cleared to play, so there is a chance he does not play in Week 13. He sees a decent amount of targets when he plays and can be at least a flex option if he is active.

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Adrian Peterson Dec 1 6:10pm ET
Adrian Peterson

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that the team has signed running back Adrian Peterson to their practice squad on Wednesday. Peterson filled in for the Tennessee Titans in three games when Derrick Henry (foot) went down with an injury, but he averaged just 3.0 yards per carry and was released. The 36-year-old could now be an option for Seattle to close out the year with Chris Carson (neck) done for the rest of the season, but the Seahawks also have Alex Collins, Travis Homer, DeeJay Dallas and Rashaad Penny at the position. Collins has been the team's primary option in the backfield ever since Carson went on Injured Reserve, but he hasn't been very good at all (3.9 yards per carry). Peterson isn't guaranteed to see a prominent role to close out the season, making him merely an RB bench stash in deeper leagues.

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Corey Davis Dec 1 6:10pm ET
Corey Davis

New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis (groin) said he's feeling better this week than he did last week, although he still didn't practice on Wednesday. Davis injured his groin in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins and didn't play last Sunday in the win over the Houston Texans. While the 26-year-old is off to a bad start by missing practice on Wednesday, he could still be in line to return this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles if he can get back on the practice field on Thursday or Friday. Davis has had nice chemistry with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson this year and has been more or less his safety blanket as the team's No. 1 receiver when healthy, so he'll at least be in the WR3/flex mix if he's back on the field this weekend.

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Trey Flowers Dec 1 6:03pm ET
Trey Flowers

Detroit Lions LB Trey Flowers (knee), WR KhaDarel Hodge (illness), CB Bobby Price (shoulder), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder) and OT Penei Sewell (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 1. WR Trinity Benson (knee), DE Michael Brockers (knee) and OT Matt Nelson (ankle) were limited during practice. OG Halapoulivaati Vaitai (concussion) fully participated in practice.

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Jack Doyle Dec 1 6:03pm ET
Jack Doyle

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Fantasy Spin: Doyle has been more involved in the passing game lately with 17 targets over the last three games. He picked up his third touchdown of the season last game and could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues this week because of the matchup.

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Taysom Hill Dec 1 6:00pm ET
Taysom Hill

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill will indeed start on Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys to kick off Week 13 action, according to a source. Hill has been dealing with a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his foot, but he practiced in full all week and has been cleared to take over under center for Trevor Siemian. The 31-year-old has mainly been a gadget player in the Saints offense all year behind Jameis Winston and then Siemian, but now he'll see the majority of snaps under center against Dallas on Thursday night. Hill was decent last year in four starts filling in for the injured Drew Brees, completing 71.9% of his passes while totaling eight touchdowns (four rushing, four passing). He'll be a low-end QB1 streamer/high-end QB2 in his first start in 2021.

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Sheldon Rankins Dec 1 5:53pm ET
Sheldon Rankins

New York Jets DE Folorunso Fatukasi (back), DT Sheldon Rankins (knee) and TE Trevon Wesco (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 1. DE John Franklin-Myers (hip), OT Morgan Moses (knee) and LB Quincy Williams (calf) were limited during practice.

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Calais Campbell Dec 1 5:53pm ET
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Baltimore Ravens CB Anthony Averett (ankle, shoulder), TE Nick Boyle (knee), C Bradley Bozeman (shin), WR Devin Duvernay (thigh), LB Justin Houston (non-injury), OT Patrick Mekari (ankle), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (thigh), FB Patrick Ricard (foot, thigh), CB Chris Westry (thigh) and CB Tavon Young (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 1. WR Miles Boykin (finger), DT Calais Campbell (concussion), LB Patrick Queen (ribs) and CB Jimmy Smith (neck) were limited during practice.

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