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NFL injury updates, latest league news from Saturday, Dec. 4

The Indianapolis Colts will be without their Pro Bowl center in Week 13.

Ryan Kelly was placed on the reserve/COVID list on Saturday, the team announced. He will not be available for Sunday's road game against the Houston Texans.

Kelly had played in every game for the Colts in 2021, attributing to the league's fourth-best ground attack at 144.5 rushing yards per game. Danny Pinter is next in line on the Colts' depth chart.

Although the Colts will lose Kelly for at least one game, safety Khari Willis will make his return after being activated from injured reserve on Saturday. Willis was placed on IR on Nov. 4 and is set to play after practicing in full all week. In seven games this season, Willis has 40 tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks and three passes defensed. In a correlating move, S Josh Jones was waived.


  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (ankle) is considered a "long shot" to play versus Jets, Rapoport reported. Hurts is listed as questionable.
  • The Arizona Cardinals placed rookie safety James Wiggins (knee) on injured reserve.
  • The Atlanta Falcons activated pass rusher Steven Means from injured reserve.
  • The Buffalo Bills have ruled fullback Reggie Gilliam (ankle), guard Cody Ford (bicep) and defensive end Efe Obada (hip) as questionable for Monday night versus the Patriots.
  • The Carolina Panthers placed linebacker Frankie Luvu on the reserve/COVID list.
  • The Chicago Bears activated offensive lineman Teven Jenkins (back) from injured reserve, setting the stage for him to make his season debut on Sunday against the Cardinals.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals placed wideout Auden Tate on injured reserve.
  • The Denver Broncos downgraded running back Melvin Gordon (shoulder/hip) to out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
  • The Detroit Lions placed linebacker Trey Flowers (knee) on injured reserve, and added defensive tackle John Penisini (illness) to the injury report. Penisini is listed as questionable.
  • The Houston Texans placed receiver Danny Amendola (knee) on injured reserve, and activated linebacker Christian Kirksey and offensive lineman Justin Britt from IR.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars activated defensive tackle Jay Tufele from injured reserve/designated for return.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs announced offensive line coach Andy Heck and defensive quality control coach Alex Whittingham will miss Sunday's game due to COVID protocols. Assistant OL coach Corey Matthaei will fill Heck's role while multiple members of the defensive staff will fill Whittingham's absence, the team announced.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders have downgraded tight end Darren Waller (back/knee) to out for Sunday versus Washington. Waller had been listed as doubtful.
  • The Los Angeles Rams placed running back Buddy Howell on injured reserve.
  • The Miami Dolphins are activating wide receiver DeVante Parker and center Michael Deiter from injured reserve, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. The team has since announced the news.
  • The Minnesota Vikings announced linebacker Eric Kendricks (biceps) has been downgraded to out for Week 13 versus Detroit. Running back Kene Nwangwu (illness) has been ruled as questionable. Defensive backs coach Karl Scott will miss Sunday's game due to COVID-19 protocols. Assistant DBs coach Roy Anderson will assume his role on game day. The team also activated defensive tackle Michael Pierce from injured reserve
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers activated pass rusher T.J. Watt from the reserve/COVID list and can play Sunday versus the Ravens. The team activated defensive lineman Carl Davis from injured reserve.
  • The San Francisco 49ers placed running back Trey Sermon (ankle) on injured reserve, and downgraded linebacker Marcell Harris (concussion) to out.
  • The Tennessee Titans activated quarterback Logan Woodside from the reserve/COVID list.

Roster moves


  • The NFL fined Los Angeles Rams defensive Aaron Donald $10,300 for unnecessary roughness last week, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Donald was fined for placing his hand at Packers center Lucas Patrick's neck after a play.
  • The NFL fined Houston Texans defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson $6,056 for unnecessary roughness -- ripping off Jets QB Zach Wilson's helmet last week, per Pelissero.

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