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RB Stevan Ridley Signs with Jets

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back Stevan Ridley has left the New England Patriots and signed with their rival, the New York Jets.

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, it's a one-year deal.

The 26-year-old Ridley ran for 340 yards in six games for the Patriots last year before tearing his ACL and MCL, officially ending his season.

Since being drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Patriots, Ridley has rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns. His best season was in 2012, when he ran for 1,263 yards and 12 scores.

While in New England, Ridley was known as a between-the-tackles runner who often had trouble holding onto the ball.

Ridley also met with the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Ridley joins a Jets backfield that includes Bilal Powell and bruiser Chris Ivory.

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Colts Release RB Trent Richardson

Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts released running back Trent Richardson Thursday.

Richardson was traded to the Colts by the Cleveland Browns a few games into the 2013 season. Since then, the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft has disappointed.

During his time with Indianapolis, Richardson played in 29 regular season games, rushing for 977 yards on an average of 3.1 yards-per-carry.

Richardson, 23, did nothing for the Colts in their three playoff games last season. After not receiving a carry in the team's wild card win against the Cincinnati Bengals, he was inactive for the following game against the Denver Broncos and the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. It was later found out that Richardson was actually suspended for two games, the first one being the team's game against the Pats.

The Colts have a slew of running backs on their roster: They signed Frank Gore this week, and have Daniel Herron, Zurlon Tipton, and Vick Ballard returning.

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ESPN: RB Mathews Agrees to Deal with Eagles

Donald Miralle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back Ryan Mathews has agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

According to Schefter, the 27-year-old Mathews will receive $5 million guaranteed.

Mathews helps take the place of running back LeSean McCoy, who the Eagles officially traded to the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.

Mathews, who the San Diego Chargers selected with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has played a full 16 game regular season only once during his five years in the league.

During his five seasons with the Chargers, Mathews has rushed for 4,061 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, and 23 touchdowns. He's also caught 146 balls, for 1,110 yards and a touchdown.

Knee and ankle injuries hampered Mathews last season. He played in eight games, rushing for 330 yards and three touchdowns.

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Chris Johnson in Stable Condition After Shooting

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former New York Jets and Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is in stable condition after being shot in the shoulder during a drive-by that occurred at 4 a.m. Sunday in Orlando, Florida, according to police.

According to a police report, deputies arrived at the scene to find a Jeep with one deceased man and two others with gunshot wounds on the sidewalk. The victims said an unknown vehicle pulled up beside them at a red light and opened fire.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and everyone impacted by this tragic event," the Jets said in a statement.

Chris Johnson is set to become a free agent Tuesday. After one season with the Jets, the team declined to exercise an option for 2015, setting him free.  Johnson will look for work elsewhere next season.

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RB Steven Jackson Released by Falcons

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Falcons released the NFL's active leader in rushing yards (11,388) running back Steven Jackson on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Jackson still had one year left on the three-year contract he signed with the team. The move saves the Falcons $3.75 million against the salary cap.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Jackson originally was selected with the 24th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He played nine seasons in St. Louis before playing the last two in Atlanta. During that time he's carried the ball 2,743 times, averaging 4.2 yards per touch while scoring 68 touchdowns. He also caught 460 balls for 3,663 yards and nine touchdowns. Jackson had 190 carries for 707 yards and six touchdowns last season.

With Jackson gone, the Falcons are left with youngster Devonta Freeman as their only signed running back. Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith are about to become free agents.

The Falcons ranked 24th in the NFL with 93.6 rushing yards per game last season.

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Colts Might Not Bring RB Richardson Back

Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Running back Trent Richardson's time in Indianapolis may be over.

"Where's he fit? Where's he going? Is his arrow up, down, sideways, 45-degree angle?" Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said during his end-of-season interview with the media. "And we have to figure all these things out with guys in all different types of situations on this roster. There are guys across the board that are in a lot of different situations. But, again, when the coaches come back, when we seeing what's actually out there -- we have an idea, draft, juniors that have declared and things like that -- once that evolves we'll have a much better feel for what we need to do."

Richardson's season ended on a bad note when he was suspended for two games after missing the team's walk through on Jan. 17.

Before that, the third overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft was having a poor season. Richardson played in 15 games, running for 519 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 3.3 yards per carry.

Richardson was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a first-round draft pick, in September 2013.

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Le'Veon Bell Ruled Out for Steelers Playoff Game Saturday 

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been ruled out for the team's AFC wild-card playoff game Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bell has missed practice all week after hyperextending his right knee during the Steelers' win last Sunday night.

With Bell out, the Steelers will rely on undrafted rookie Josh Harris, Ben Tate and rookie Dri Archer to run the rock.

"The guys have to step up," Steelers receiver Antonio Brown said. "We know what (Bell) means to our team. I'm sure they're excited about their opportunities and we'll see what happens."

Bell finished the regular season leading the AFC in rushing with 1,361 yards. He also set a Steelers single-season record for catches with 83.

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RB Mike Davis Announces He Will Enter Draft

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(SHREVEPORT, La.) -- South Carolina running back Mike Davis announced he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-9, 216 pound Davis has rushed for 2,385 yards during his three seasons as a Gamecock, including 1,183 yards last year. Davis will play in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl on Saturday against Miami. If he rushes for 73 yards, he will join George Rogers as the only players in South Carolina history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons.

Miami (FL) (6-6) and South Carolina (6-6) will square off at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. You can watch that on ABC.

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ESPN: C.J. Spiller Expected to Play Sunday

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is expected to play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Spiller has been out since suffering a broken collarbone that required surgery in Week 7.

Spiller was taken off the injured reserve Friday after he was a limited participant in practice all week.

The 27-year-old Spiller rushed for 287 yards, caught 14 passes and accounted for two touchdowns in seven games this season.

Spiller is officially listed as probable for Sunday's game in Oakland.

The Bills (8-6) still are in the running for a playoff spot.

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DeMarco Murray Will 'Probably' Make Decision if He Plays Sunday

NFL via Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray says he will "probably" make the decision whether he plays Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Murray, who had surgery Monday night on his broken left hand, was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day Thursday. He's been wearing a hard plastic shell on top of his glove for protection.

"I'm a very competitive person and I want to help this team out as much I can, so whatever that portrays me doing Sunday, then we'll see," Murray said. "But I've had two good days, and we'll see how it goes."

The Cowboys (10-4) currently lead the NFC East by a game over the Philadelphia Eagles (9-5).

Murray has rushed for an NFL best 1,687 yards this season. His absence would be felt even more in Dallas' game Sunday against the Colts, which has allowed the 16th most rushing yards per game in the NFL.

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