Charles, who ranks second among NFL running backs in career yards per rushing attempt (5.4), missed most of the past two seasons to knee issues. After spending the first nine years of his career with the Chiefs, he signed a one-year deal with Denver last offseason, expecting to be part of the team’s backfield rotation.

Instead, Charles has only 296 yards and a touchdown on 69 carries this season.

The veteran says he’s talked with his representatives about his future whether that is in Denver or not.

However, Westbrook has reasserted himself as the clear-cut top option in Oklahoma City. In his past 15 games, he is putting up numbers almost exactly like his MVP season. He has averaged 29 points, 10.5 assists, 10.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 3.9 turnovers in that stretch. Westbrook’s rise has corresponded with the best win/loss portion of the season for the Thunder, so it’s likely to continue moving forward.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and James Harden have taken runs at the top spots over the past month. But Harden is dealing with an injury, while James will have to adjust to the presence of Isaiah Thomas moving forward. Antetokounmpo was a worthy top option, but Westbrook’s proven ability to average 30/10/10 for an entire season is enough to boost him back to the top of the rankings … again.

If I didn’t play in the biggest game of the year, that told me I wouldn’t get any more snaps. So all that lip service you gave me before didn’t matter.

Despite fears Harrison will spill the Steelers’ secrets, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was quick to shut down any talk of Harrison’s signing and the intention of using the veteran linebacker to gain intel on the Steelers as the teams prepare for a possible meeting in the AFC championship game.

But this time, Gruden would be given enough power in Oakland to be able to reshape the front office, coaching staff and entire organization, though there still are some holdovers from when he coached there.

Gruden declined to specifically comment about the Raiders.

I don’t want to sit here and speculate. … There is no news to report, Gruden said Saturday. I can’t say I haven’t taken any phone calls. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others. … Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. I’m here to help people.

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