One of the big concerns about the shifty Ellington entering the season as the workhorse back was whether his slighter frame would hold up with a heavier workload. The 25-year-old back has dealt with a foot injury all season that has sapped some of his explosiveness, but he has yet to miss a full game.
Through 12 games, Ellington has 660 yards on 201 carries, for a disappointing 3.3 yards per carry average and hasn't averaged more than 2.4 YPC in the past four weeks.
Here are some other injuries we are tracking Wednesday:
- C.J. Spiller (collarbone) returned to the practice field and was seen doing individual drills on the sidelines. The Bills running back remains on injured reserve-designated to return list and can't hit the playing field for a few weeks, but getting Spiller back to practice this week is a good sign for down the road.
- Colts corner Vontae Davismissed practice and remains in concussion protocol. If the tough defender isn't cleared by Sunday it will be a boon for Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer and receiver Josh Gordon. Colts tight end Dwayne Allen practiced Wednesday. Allen has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain.
- Bucs linebacker Lavonte Davis returned to practice Wednesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. David has missed the past two games with a hamstring issue but is still among leading tacklers in the league.