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Prince was elevated from the practice squad Saturday.
It'll be interesting to see how the Chiefs will utilize Prince, especially in the absence of Isiah Pacheco (shoulder). Head coach Andy Reid stated Clyde Edwards-Helaire would be the team's de-facto starter and it's widely expected Jerick McKinnon will likely see a significant snap share as the team's pass-catching back, but it's possible the rookie Prince could whittle away at the former's opportunities, especially in obvious running situations.
The Seahawks released Thompson from their practice squad Friday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.
Thompson had just been signed to the practice squad Wednesday, but Seattle let him go Friday in order to make room for veteran quarterback Sean Mannion. This was the second time this season Thompson has been signed to the team's practice squad and then released, though the earlier stint was considerably longer and included an elevation to the active roster for Week 7's contest versus Arizona. The rookie running back received two offensive snaps in that game but didn't accumulate any stats. The fact that Seattle let Thompson go Friday may be a hint that either (or both) Kenneth Walker (oblique) or Zach Charbonnet (knee) will be able to suit up to face San Francisco on Sunday.
Nwangwu (concussion) was a full participant in Friday's practice and does not carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Nwangwu logged a full practice session Thursday after being limited Wednesday. His lack of an injury designation indicates that he was able to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. He'll provide backfield depth Sunday behind Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler while operating as the Vikings' main kick returner.
Head coach Pete Carroll expressed optimism Friday that Charbonnet (knee) will play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, despite the running back being listed as questionable for the contest, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Charbonnet and fellow running back Kenneth Walker (oblique) both followed the same practice regimen this week, sitting out Wednesday and then upgrading to limited activity Thursday before practicing in full Friday. Like Charbonnet, Walker also carries a questionable tag into Sunday, and Carroll is optimistic he'll play. Charbonnet's fantasy value will take a big hit if Walker is back in the lineup after missing two games, as anticipated. Assuming both Charbonnet and Walker are active, the two would likely resume the backfield timeshare that had been the norm prior to Walker missing the past two games, an arrangement that typically resulted in Walker dominating the carries while Charbonnet garnered most of the routes and targets. Charbonnet played 87 percent of Seattle's snaps on offense in the Seahawks' first game without Walker in Week 12, and the rookie was then at 76 percent before a knee contusion forced him out of last Thursday's loss to Dallas in the fourth quarter.
Walker (oblique) was a full practice participant Friday, with head coach Pete Carroll expressing optimism that the running back will play in Sunday's game at San Francisco despite being listed as questionable, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Walker and Zach Charbonnet (knee) followed the same practice routine this week, sitting out Wednesday and logging limited sessions Thursday before upgrading to full activity Friday. Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune agrees with Carroll's assessment that Walker is on track to return to action this weekend, though Walker had been ceding about half the running-back snaps to Charbonnet before missing the past two games. The rookie has typically gotten the bulk of his work on passing downs when Walker is available, with the latter handling the majority of carries.
Harris reverted back to the Patriots' practice squad Friday.
Harris was elevated to the team's active roster ahead of Thursday's 21-18 win over the Steelers but didn't see any snaps in the contest. With Ty Montgomery having been waived by New England on Friday, Harris could be elevated once again ahead of the Patriots' Week 15 game against the Chiefs to provide depth in a backfield that also includes Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle), Ezekiel Elliott and JaMycal Hasty.
Johnson (knee) is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the Browns.
Johnson was listed as a limited participant in all three of the Jaguars' practices this week, but Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com relays that the 27-year-old running back is likely to play. If available, Johnson would handle his usual duties as the top backup to Travis Etienne (ribs), who is also listed as questionable but in line to play.
Mitchell (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Seattle, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Mitchell didn't practice this week, setting up Jordan Mason for the backup role behind lead back Christian McCaffrey. It's a job that doesn't come with many snaps or touches outside of blowout scenarios, with Mitchell averaging 5.5 carries for 24.8 yards in four games (all wins) since the 49ers' Week 9 bye.
Dowdle (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Dowdle appeared on Dallas injury reports for each of the past three weeks due to an ankle issue, but he proceeded to play in every contest. Though the Cowboys managed his practice workload once again in Week 14, Dowdle will be ready to handle his usual duties as the team's No. 2 running back behind Tony Pollard this Sunday. Through his 12 appearances on the season, Dowdle has found the end zone three times while averaging 5.3 carries and 0.9 catches for 28.1 scrimmage yards per game.
Perine is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers with a knee injury.
Perine was listed as a full participant in practices Wednesday and Thursday, but he might have suffered a setback at some point along the way after downgrading to no activity Friday. Given the way he ended the week of practice, Perine may not be ready to play Sunday, though official word on his status should come when Denver releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to the game's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. If Perine is out this weekend, rookie Jaleel McLaughlin could be in line for additional snaps behind Javonte Williams, particularly on passing downs.