Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took part in Tuesday’s walkthrough practice and reports from the open portion of the session suggested he’s well enough to start against the Jets on Thursday.
Jackson was formally listed as a limited participant on the team’s injury report. Assuming he does play, it looks like he’ll be without left tackle Ronnie Stanley.
Stanley has a concussion and was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday. Given the requirements of the concussion protocol, it’s likely that Stanley will have to wait until at least Week 16 to get back on the field.
James Hurst would likely start in Stanley’s place.
Linebacker Chris Board is also out with a concussion and safety Anthony Levine was out with an ankle injury. Running back Mark Ingram, safety Earl Thomas and defensive tackle Brandon Williams didn’t participate for non-injury reasons.
The Falcons added veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor Tuesday, to help cover the injuries that hit them in Sunday’s win over the Panthers.
The team announced that cornerback Desmond Trufant (broken arm) and wide receiver Calvin Ridley (abdominal) were placed on injured reserve.
The Falcons also promoted linebacker Ahmad Thomas from their practice squad.
Taylor played nine games with the Seahawks this year, and offers some experience for their secondary for the final three weeks. He has also spent time with the Dolphins, Browns, Cardinals, and Broncos.
The Buccaneers needed some help at receiver, so they promoted one of their own.
The team announced that rookie Ishmael Hyman had been promoted from the practice squad.
To make room on the active roster, they placed running back T.J. Logan on injured reserve.
But it was the sudden lack of numbers at receiver that necessitated the move. Star Mike Evans pulled a hamstring in last week’s win over the Colts, and isn’t expected to play again this season. They’re also without rookie Scotty Miller, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring strain of his own.
Hyman was in camp with the Browns this offseason after his stint in the AAF.
Wide receiver Marvin Jones won’t be around to play out the string for the Lions.
Head coach Matt Patricia announced on Tuesday that Jones will be placed on injured reserve. Patricia said that Jones injured his ankle late in last Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, but played out the final snaps after getting hurt.
Jones had three catches for 38 yards in the 20-7 loss. He ends the year with 62 catches for 779 yards and nine touchdowns. Four of those touchdowns came in Detroit’s first meeting of the year with the Vikings, which made Jones the fourth player in history to catch four touchdowns in a game more than once in their career.
Jones is under contract for one more season. He’s set to make a base salary of $6.5 million in 2020.
The Lions filled Jones’s roster spot by signing defensive tackle Frank Herron off of Miami’s practice squad.
The Jaguars announced Tuesday they placed linebacker Jake Ryan and offensive lineman Brandon Thomas on injured reserve.
Ryan has a hamstring injury and Thomas a knee injury.
Ryan played the past two weeks after being activated from the non-football injury list. Thomas has not played a game this season.
The Jaguars signed linebacker Dakota Allen off the Rams’ practice squad and center Tyler Gauthier off the Patriots’ practice squad to fill the roster spots.
Allen entered the NFL this spring as a seventh-round choice of the Rams. He ended up with the Raiders and played two games before Oakland waived him Oct. 31.
He returned to the Rams, signing with their practice squad Nov. 4.
Gauthier originally with the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 2 and, after being cut out of the preseason, signed with the team’s practice squad Oct. 15.
Washington’s going to be without a cornerback for the rest of the season, and part of next year.
The league announced that cornerback Simeon Thomas was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse.That will extend through the first game of next season.
Thomas hadn’t had much of a role until last week, when he played 63 percent of their defensive snaps against the Packers.
Last year’s sixth-round pick of the Browns, he spent time with the Seahawks last year and started on their practice squad this year before signing with Washington in September.
With him out, the team may have no choice but to play Josh Norman, who has played four snaps of defense in the last three weeks.
Defensive tackle Caraun Reid had a short stint with the Cardinals last week and he’s back for another tour of duty with the club this week.
Reid was waived three days after the Cardinals signed him as they needed healthy bodies in the secondary. They need healthy bodies up front this week and announced that Reid is back with the team on Tuesday.
Defensive lineman Rodney Gunter was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move. Gunter hurt his toe against the Steelers last Sunday. He recorded his third sack of the season before getting hurt and the 2015 fourth-round pick made 31 tackles while starting all 13 games this season.
Reid had 10 tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble in 10 games with the Cowboys last season.
The Eagles are hurting at wide receiver, and it’s not getting any better.
Philadelphia wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will miss the rest of the season, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Jeffery suffered a foot injury on Monday night, and although he needs further testing to determine the full severity of the injury, he won’t be ready to go until the offseason at the earliest.
Jeffery has been the Eagles’ No. 1 wide receiver this season and is second only to tight end Zach Ertz with 43 catches for 490 yards. The Eagles have suffered a string of injuries at receiver and only had one healthy wide receiver, Greg Ward, by the end of Monday night’s game.
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is on injured reserve and receiver Nelson Agholor was inactive Monday night with a knee injury, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside also left Monday night’s game with an injury.
The Ravens listed quarterback Lamar Jackson as limited for a practice they didn’t have yesterday.
They are practicing today, and Jackson is participating.
He was listed as limited on the hypothetical report because of a quad injury, but apparently feels better today.
Via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, Jackson was walking “gingerly” yesterday, but looked more comfortable today.
Jackson played every snap last week, so his inclusion on the report attracted attention, but it appears he’s going to be well enough to play Thursday against the Jets.
The Panthers promoted Greg Dortch from the practice squad last week and put him in the lineup as their kick returner against the Falcons, but the move did not work out well.
Dortch fumbled one of the three kickoffs he returned during the 40-20 loss. The fumble came in the third quarter after a Matt Ryan touchdown pass and resulted in the rare fumble recovery by a kicker when Younghoe Koo wound up with the ball.
The miscue likely cost Dortch his job. The Panthers announced that Dortch was placed on waivers Tuesday.
It was Dortch’s second game with the Panthers this season. He has returned five kickoffs for 119 yards and four punts for 28 yards over those two appearances.
No corresponding move was announced, so Carolina has a roster spot available heading into Week 15.
Patriots rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry only played two offensive snaps against the Chiefs last Sunday and he caught the only pass thrown his way on one of the most talked about plays of the game.
Harry caught a short pass from Tom Brady and was ruled out of bounds while diving into the end zone for a 12-yard gain. Replays showed Harry never stepped out before getting into the end zone, but the Patriots were unable to challenge the ruling on the field after losing one of their two previous challenges.
Harry made that play in space and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Tuesday that he needs to find “more ways to use the things” that Harry does well.
“He’s a big guy; he’s not easy to get to the ground,” McDaniels said on a conference call. “Certainly, when you have players like that, it comes back to how can you get him the football in those situations understanding that there’s a level of diminishing returns if you try to keep doing the same things over and over again . . . So yeah, he definitely had a great individual effort. We know he’s big and not easy to tackle, and like I said, I need to do a better job of finding ways to get him in space, get him the ball and letting him have an opportunity to do those things.”
Any and all ways to make plays should be welcomed by the Patriots offense, although Harry’s overall playing time suggests figuring out the best fit is still a work in progress in New England.
It’s a small sample size, but the Broncos maybe, possibly, could have their franchise quarterback.
Rookie Drew Lock looks the part after two career games.
The second-round choice has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 443 yards with five touchdowns, two interceptions and a 111.4 passer rating. The Broncos are 2-0 in his starts, beating the Chargers and Texans.
“I thought he played great,” General Manager John Elway said on KOA on Tuesday, via Nicki Jhabvala of TheAthletic.com. “I think obviously it’s OK to be excited about him, because I think he’s played very, very well his first two starts. He’s handled himself great. Obviously, he’s a young guy with two starts, but we couldn’t be happier with how he came out of the gate and know that there’s still going to be ups and downs. We’re going into Kansas City against a defense, and he’s going to see a lot more looks than he’s seen the first two weeks. But you know what, we’re excited about where he is. Plus, it’s nice to go on the road and get a real good win against a very good football team in the Houston Texans.”
Lock injured his wrist in a preseason game in August and spent the first 11 games on injured reserve.
He is the Broncos’ seventh starter since Peyton Manning retired, following Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen.
The Cowboys brought wide receiver Cedrick Wilson‘s season to an end on Tuesday.
The team announced that Wilson has been placed on injured reserve. Wilson injured his knee late in last Thursday’s loss to the Bears.
Wilson appeared in six games for the Cowboys this season. He caught five passes for 46 yards, returned two punts for 13 yards and three kickoffs for 64 yards.
He was a sixth-round pick last year and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve.
The Cowboys filled the open spot on their roster by promoting tackle Mitch Hyatt from the practice squad. Hyatt signed with the Cowboys after going undrafted out of Clemson and joined the practice squad after failing to make the cut to 53 players at the end of the summer.
The NFL has an officiating problem, and changes may be coming this offseason.
The league is planning a “top-down review” of officiating for this offseason, Judy Battista of NFL Network reported. That review will include examining who should be in charge of replay reviews at the officiating command center.
Currently, that’s the domain of senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron. The NFL Network report didn’t mention Riveron by name, but if there’s going to be a “top-down review,” Riveron’s job may be on the line.
The league clearly needs to make significant changes. During the offseason this year, a missed call in the NFC Championship Game led to replay review of pass interference. But that clearly wasn’t enough to fix the league’s problems with officiating. More significant changes in the officiating department may be necessary.