Arizona Cardinals: Veteran RB Rashard Mendenhall remains the starter, with rookie RB Andre Ellington as his handcuff. Ellington is also the main passing down back.
Atlanta Falcons: RB Jacquizz Rodgers is the handcuff for starting RB Steven Jackson. Rodgers and Jackson are sharing the passing down job. RB Antone Smith would get in the mix for carries if Jackson or Rodgers couldn’t play.
Baltimore Ravens: Second-year RB Bernard Pierce is the handcuff for starting RB Ray Rice. If Rice couldn’t play, RB Bernard Scott would back up Pierce. Rice is also the team’s passing down back.
Buffalo Bills: RB C.J. Spiller, who is finally over his injury issues, started the Week Thirteen game. However, veteran RB Fred Jackson saw 13 more snaps. The two RBs are essentially in a RBBC. And both share the passing down role.
Carolina Panthers: RB DeAngelo Williams is considered to be the starter, with RB Jonathan Stewart and FB Mike Tolbert as his handcuffs. The Panthers essentially use a three-RB rotation, with Williams and Stewart as the main backs. Tolbert sees time in short-yardage and often in one-back sets. Williams and Tolbert are the main passing down backs. And Stewart started the Week 13 game for the injured Williams.
Chicago Bears: Veteran RB Michael Bush is the handcuff for starting RB Matt Forte. UDFA RB Michael Ford would be the handcuff if Bush or Forte couldn’t play.
Cincinnati Bengals: Rookie RB Giovani Bernard is the handcuff for starting RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Bernard also is considered to be their primary passing down back, which is why Bernard has been seeing more snaps than Green-Ellis in recent games. Should Green-Ellis or Bernard be unable to play, RBs Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead would back up the starter.
Cleveland Browns: RB Fozzy Whittaker took over as the starter in Week Twelve, with FB/RB Chris Ogbonnaya as his handcuff. Veteran RB Willis McGahee, who had been the starter for several weeks, was demoted to the #3 role. However, Ogbonnaya started at RB in Week Thirteen and saw the most snaps. And McGahee saw the most carries in that game. The bottom line is there isn’t one RB to trust here, but Ogbonnaya has the most secure role of the group due to his versatility. He’s their main passing down back.
Dallas Cowboys: RB Lance Dunbar was the handcuff for starting RB DeMarco Murray, but he’ll the rest of the season due to injury. Rookie RB Joseph Randle and RB Phillip Tanner will now back up Murray.
Denver Broncos: Veteran RB Knowshon Moreno is the starter, with rookie RB Montee Ball as his handcuff. Moreno is also the passing down back. If Moreno couldn’t play, RBs C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman would back up Ball.
Detroit Lions: RB Joique Bell is the handcuff for starting RB Reggie Bush. If Bush couldn’t play, RB Mikel Leshoure and rookie RB Theo Riddick would be in the mix for carries on first and second-downs. However, Leshoure is clearly out of the mix if Bush and Bell are healthy, as Leshoure has been a healthy inactive for several games this season.
Green Bay Packers: RB James Starks is the handcuff for starting RB Eddie Lacy. FB John Kuhn would be in the mix for touches if Lacy couldn’t play.
Houston Texans: With RB Arian Foster on IR, RB Ben Tate has taken over as the starter. UDFA RB Dennis Johnson is handling the handcuff role. However, Johnson handled most of the carries in place of the ineffective Tate in Week Twelve. But Tate was the main ball carrier in Week Thirteen.
Indianapolis Colts: RB Donald Brown took over as the starter in Week Thirteen, with ineffective RB Trent Richardson as his handcuff.
Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Jordan Todman is the handcuff for starting RB Maurice Jones-Drew. Rookie RB Denard Robinson would be in the mix for touches if MJD couldn’t play.
Kansas City Chiefs: Rookie RB Knile Davis has taken over as the handcuff for starting RB Jamaal Charles. If Charles couldn’t play, RB Cyrus Gray would also be in the mix for carries.
Miami Dolphins: With RB Daniel Thomas out for the rest of the season, RBs Marcus Thigpen and Mike Gillislee will back up starting RB Lamar Miller, which was the case in Week Thirteen.
Minnesota Vikings: RB Toby Gerhart is the handcuff for starting RB Adrian Peterson. FB/RB Matt Asiata would be handcuff if Gerhart or Peterson couldn’t play.
New England Patriots: RB Stevan Ridley has been the starter this season, but his continued issues with fumbling could cost him that role going forward. He was benched during the Week Twelve game due to his 4th lost fumble this season. And he was inactive in Week Thirteen. RB Shane Vereen started in Week Thirteen, but RB LeGarrette Blount wound up sharing carries with him. RB Brandon Bolden surprisingly didn’t many carries. The only RB on the Patriots roster who has a clearly defined role is Vereen, who is the main passing down back.
New Orleans Saints: Veteran RB Pierre Thomas is considered to be the starter, with RB Mark Ingram as his handcuff. Veteran RB Darren Sproles and Thomas split the passing down role. Sproles also will see a role as a change-of-pace since he’s much faster than the other two RBs.
New York Giants: RB Andre Brown is the starter, with veteran RB Brandon Jacobs as his handcuff. RB/FB Peyton Hillis would be the mix for carries if Jacobs or Brown couldn’t play, which was the case when the injured Jacobs was inactive in Week Thirteen. Brown is also the team’s main passing down back.
New York Jets: RB Bilal Powell remains as the starter, but RB Chris Ivory has taken over as the main first and second-down back. Powell is the team’s passing down back. Powell saw more touches and playing time in Weeks 12-13 because the team fell behind early.
Oakland Raiders: Veteran RB Rashad Jennings is the handcuff for starting RB Darren McFadden. FB Marcel Reece and Jennings split the passing down role in place of the injured McFadden in Weeks 10-12. Jennings started in Week Thirteen since McFadden, who was able to play, wasn’t 100%. And it’s still possible that the pair winds up forming a RBBC for the rest of the way.
Philadelphia Eagles: RB Bryce Brown is the handcuff for starting RB LeSean McCoy. #3 RB Chris Polk would back up Brown if McCoy couldn’t play.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Rookie RB Le’Veon Bell is the starter, with RBs Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer as his handcuffs.
San Diego Chargers: RB Danny Woodhead is the handcuff for starting RB Ryan Mathews. Veteran RB Ronnie Brown would be in the mix for touches if Woodhead or Mathews couldn’t play. Brown and Woodhead split carries after Mathews got hurt during the team’s Week Twelve game.
San Francisco 49ers: RB Kendall Hunter is starting RB Frank Gore’s handcuff. RBs LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon would back up Hunter if Gore couldn’t play. Dixon got a lot of work in the 4th quarter in Week Thirteen with the game out of hand.
Seattle Seahawks: RB Robert Turbin is the handcuff for starting RB Marshawn Lynch. If Lynch couldn’t play, rookie RB Christine Michael would be in the mix for carries in back of Turbin.
St. Louis Rams: Rookie RB Zac Stacy has taken over as the starter, with rookie RB Benny Cunningham as his handcuff. RBs Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson would be in the mix for touches if Stacy couldn’t play. Cunningham replaced the injured Stacy in Week Twelve.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Bobby Rainey has taken over as the starter, with veteran RB/FB Brian Leonard as his handcuff. Both backs share the passing down role.
Tennessee Titans: RB Shonn Greene is the handcuff for starting RB Chris Johnson. RB/FB Jackie Battle would back up Greene if Johnson can’t play.
Washington Redskins: RB Roy Helu is the handcuff for starting RB Alfred Morris. RB Evan Royster would back up Helu if Morris couldn’t play. Helu is also the team’s primary third-down back.