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Rams will go with 'hot hand' backfield

Few things frustrate fantasy owners more than a team deploying a running back-by-committee approach. The Rams confirmed Friday that's exactly what they want to do.
"Early in the game, we try to get guys multiple touches (and) then we try to go with the hot hand late in the game," offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. "Most places that I've been that have really good running games, they had the people to spread the ball around. Different backs bring different types of plays."
Those backs in St. Louis are Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason, who got his first taste of NFL action last week and responded with 40 yards on five carries. For what it's worth, the players involved say they are on board with the strategy.
"I feel like whoever has the hot hand at the time is the guy who should get the ball," Cunningham said. "We're not selfish players. Stacy added that "it's all about doing what we need to do as a team to find a way to win the game."
The 1-4 Rams will host the Seahawks on Sunday.


Report: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch almost didn't get on team bus after hearing of Percy Harvin trade

The initial emotion conveyed by the football world upon hearing word of the Percy Harvin trade was largely shock. The initial emotion of those inside the Seahawks' locker room had to be largely the same. Running back Marshawn Lynch was certainly shocked. And very, very angry.
A source told the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta that Harvin's newly former teammates were told about the deal as they boarded the team bus bound for the airport to travel to St. Louis for Sunday's game. When Lynch heard the news, he reportedly got off the bus and "almost" didn't get back on.


Breaking: Seahawks trade WR Percy Harvin to Jets

According to Jay Glazer via twitter, the Seattle Seahawks have traded Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick(s). The sixth-year receiver has 225 total yards from scrimmage and only one touchdown on the season so far.


Report: Cardinals QB Carson Palmer 'most likely' starter vs. Redskins

We'll know in about five hours who will indeed be the Arizona Cardinals' starting quaterback against the Redskins. Drew Stanton seemed likely, but Adam Schefter reported this morning, via team sources, that Carson Palmer is "most likely" to get the nod.
Palmer hasn't played since Week 1 due to a stubborn nerve that wouldn't fire in his throwing shoulder. But this week saw Palmer make noticeable progress as he was reportedly able to throw at near full velocity during limited practice.


Drew Stanton cleared to play, but who will be the Cardinals' starting QB in Week 6?

It's nice to hear some honesty out of NFL head coaches every now and then. But Cardinals fans probably didn't want to hear what head coach Bruce Arians said Friday when asked whom his starting quarterback will be Sunday against the Redskins.
"Honest to God, for the first time in 20 years, I really don't know who's starting," he said.
While Arians may still not have a real answer to that question, there is at least one option ready to go: Drew Stanton. He has been fully cleared to play after suffering a concussion last week versus the Broncos. But complicating matters are the facts that rookie Logan Thomas took most of the first-team reps in practice, and original starter Carson Palmer has reported progress with his troublesome shoulder and was throwing with some "decent velocity" during the week, according to Arians. The team hasn't yet ruled him out and might activate all three QBs.


Rams RB Zac Stacy listed as probable

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said at the beginning of the week that he expected running back Zac Stacy to play Monday night against the 49ers. Turns out, he is probably correct. Stacy was able to complete full practices on Friday and Saturday and is officially probable for Week 6.


49ers TE Vernon Davis: I don't feel like I'm where I need to be physically

After Vernon Davis made it through limited practice throughout the week, those who cover the team for a living surmised that the tight end would be active Monday versus the Rams. One problem: Davis doesn't feel like he could play right now.
"I don't feel like I'm where I need to be at the moment, but I'm getting there," Davis said Saturday via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. "... I'm definitely making progress. Each and every day, I'm getting better. That's what it's all about."
Davis was forced to leave San Francisco's Week 3 game early after taking a shot to the back that resulted in debilitating back spasms. He hasn't played since.


Seahawks WR Percy Harvin pops up on injury report Thursday, doesn't practice

Percy Harvin has been a major injury concern for the past few years, but up until now, he has been able to stay healthy in 2014.
Key words: "Until now."
Harvin didn't practice on Thursday and was listed with a thigh injury. He went through a full practice Wednesday.