Monday's NFL injury and roster news for Week 11

Sam Darnold will not make his return in Week 11.

Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters Monday the third-year signal-caller will miss New York's meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers. Joe Flacco will make his fourth start of 2020 in place of Darnold, who continues to spend time on the sideline with a shoulder injury.

Flacco nearly led the Jets to their first win of 2020 in Week 9, completing 18 of 25 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. His fourth-quarter interception swung the game, though, with New England scoring a touchdown following the turnover and moving down the field in time for Nick Folk to drill the game-winning 51-yard field goal for a 30-27 win.

Flacco has completed 59 of 104 passes for 659 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in four games (three starts) in 2020 for the Jets, who remain the league's lone winless team.

In other Gang Green news, the Jets claimed former Vikings guard Pat Elflein, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The fourth-year lineman, released by Minnesota last week, appeared in one game this season before going on injured reserve with a thumb injury.

Here's other news, injuries and transactions we're tracking on Monday:

  • Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles was carted off in the closing moments of Monday night's loss to the Vikings. Matt Nagy said afterward that Foles' leg and hip were being evaluated. Receiver Dwayne Harris (triceps) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (hamstring) did not return after getting hurt in the third quarter. The Bears activated offensive lineman Cody Whitehair from the reserve/COVID list and put quarterback Tyler Bray, running back Lamar Miller and offensive lineman Eric Kush on the active roster ahead of Monday night's game against the Vikings.
  • The Minnesota Vikings placed guard Dru Samia on reserve/COVID-19 and elevated tight end Brandon Dillon to the active roster as a COVID-19 replacement.
  • Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (torn MCL) will be out for six-to-eight weeks and will be placed on IR. McVay added that MSafety Taylor Rapp (knee) and kicker Kai Forbath (ankle) are also heading to IR. Veteran kicker Matt Gay's agent David Canter later announced that Gay will be signed off the Colts practice squad to L.A.'s active roster. McVay noted that Gay and practice squad K Austin MacGinnis are expected to compete for the starting spot.
  • Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock has a muscle strain around his ribs, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Coach Vic Fangio said Lock is questionable for Wednesday's practice. He's also questionable to play Sunday versus the Dolphins, Rapoport reported.
  • The San Francisco 49ers placed defensive lineman Arik Armstead on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton returned to practice, Mike McCarthy announced. He added that Dalton looked good and the team is taking it day-by-day with his status for Sunday's game. Dalton has been sidelined since Week 7 due to a concussion and was also placed on the reserve/COVID list on Nov. 3.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs announced contract extensions for coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach. Pelissero reported in August that the tandem was finalizing new six-year deals in Kansas City that would take them through the 2025 season. The Chiefs put tackles Eric Fisher, Mitchell Schwartz and Martinas Rankin on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Pelissero reported per the transaction wire. Fisher and Schwartz appear to be close contacts and would be available to return in time for Sunday's game against the Raiders if they're cleared, per Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
  • The Los Angeles Chargers signed running back Derrick Gore and wide receiver John Hurst to their practice squad. Anthony Lynn told reporters that defensive end Joey Bosa, who's missed the last two games, remains in the concussion protocol.
  • The Dolphins signed defensive tackle Zach Sieler to a contract extension through the 2023 season. Miami also released veteran running back Jordan Howard, who signed a two-year deal in the offseason.
  • The Panthers signed rookie Tommy Stevens to the practice squad and are listing him as a quarterback, per Pelissero. Stevens was a seventh-round pick by the Saints and spent time on their practice squad as a tight end. Teddy Bridgewater suffered an MCL sprain in Carolina's Week 10 loss to the Buccaneers and is considered day to day, per Rapoport.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said running back Chris Thompson will be placed on injured reserve and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. will return to practice this week but the team will "wait and see" if he's ready for game action. Quarterback Jake Luton will start Sunday against the Steelers, while Gardner Minshew resumes throwing.
  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who entered Week 10 with at least one cracked rib, suffered multiple broken ribs and a lung issue as a result of the hits he sustained against the 49ers, Rapoport reported. Injured reserve is not currently being discussed for the perennial Pro Bowler.
  • Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur called it "pretty promising" that the team will be able to activate wide receiver Allen Lazard by Wednesday. He's been sidelined since Week 3 with a core muscle injury.
  • The Ravens announced fans will not be able to attend Sunday's game against the Titans. Baltimore allowed for 10 percent capacity at M&T Bank Stadium for its last home game, Week 8 against the Steelers on Nov. 1.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles announced they will not be allowed to host fans at Lincoln Financial Field for the remainder of the regular season after the City of Philadelphia implemented new outdoor restrictions due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the region. Philly designated tight end Zach Ertz (ankle) for return from injured reserve, Pelissero reported per the wire. Garafolo reported Ertz will have to show the team he can move and protect his tender ankle in practice in order to get clearance to play in Sunday's game against the Browns.
  • The Washington Football Team placed quarterback Kyle Allen, who suffered a dislocated and fractured ankle in Week 9, on injured reserve. The team also signed defensive end Jalen Jelks to the practice squad. Washington rookie offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles will undergo season-ending knee surgery Tuesday, Pelissero reported. source said. The fourth-round draft pick dislocated his kneecap on his second NFL snap and hoped to rehab but instead will go under the knife and should be on track for minicamp, Pelissero added.
  • The Cleveland Browns placed fullback Andy Janovich on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • The Tennessee Titans announced they have placed linebacker David Long on the reserve/COVID-19 list but their facility remains open based on the results of contact tracing.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders are bringing in veteran fullback Derrick Coleman for a visit, Pelissero reported per the wire.
  • The New England Patriots re-signed quarterbackJake Dolegala to the practice squad and released TE David Wells.
  • Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich said defensive end Kemoko Turay is expected to be activated from the PUP list this week. He was placed on the list at the beginning of the season due to the ankle fracture he suffered last October.
  • The Houston Texans activated defensive end Nate Orchard from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list.
  • The New York Giants added running back Taquan Mizzell, guard Kenny Wiggins and defensive back Quincy Wilson to the practice squad.

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