NFL injury updates, latest league news from Wednesday, Nov. 24

It appears a short week of recovery won't prevent Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who sustained a concussion in the team's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, from playing in Thursday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Lamb is officially questionable versus the Raiders, but Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy seemed optimistic based on how he looked on the practice field.

"He hasn't missed a step. If he's able to keep progressing, we see him being available," said McCarthy, per Jon Machota of The Athletic.

Lamb did not practice Monday or Tuesday, but was a limited participant Wednesday, as the Cowboys prepare for one of three Thanksgiving Day NFL games. On Sunday, Lamb suffered a concussion while trying to break up an interception against the Chiefs, and did not return to the game. His availability is especially important as the Cowboys' other top receiver, Amari Cooper, will be sidelined for the second consecutive game under COVID-19 protocols.

In more good news for the Cowboys, left tackle Tyron Smith is expected to play for the first time since Week 8. McCarthy said Smith is "ready to go", per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. Smith has been recovering from an ankle injury, and Wednesday will mark his second full-participation practice in a row.

Another positive at Cowboys practice was the presence of Demarcus Lawrence. The presence of Lawrence, who was placed on injured reserve after undergoing foot surgery in September, at practice means he's been designated to return off IR.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • The Chicago Bears ruled quarterback Justin Fields (ribs) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle) out for Thursday's game at Detroit. Receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) is doubtful. Safety Eddie Jackson (hamstring), defensive back Tashaun Gipson (chest), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (shoulder) and defensive end Mario Edwards (ribs) are questionable.
  • New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (knee) will miss his third straight game after being ruled out for Thanksgiving Day versus the Bills. Veteran RB Mark Ingram (knee) is questionable. Tackle Terron Armstead (knee/shoulder) is questionable to make his return but T Ryan Ramczyk (knee) will miss his second straight game.
  • Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (ankle) and cornerback Keisean Nixon (ankle) have been ruled out versus the Cowboys.
  • Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (oblique) is officially questionable to play against Chicago. Goff said Tuesday he'd be a gameday decision. Detroit ruled out pass rusher Trey Flowers (knee) and deemed defensive lineman Michael Brockers (knee) and running back Jermar Jefferson (knee/ankle) questionable to play. The team also placed cornerback AJ Parker on injured reserve.
  • Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (illness) practiced in full on Wednesday. Jackson had missed two practices and last week's game with an illness.
  • The Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (foot/left shoulder/groin) did not practice. The team designated running back Kareem Hunt and offensive tackle Jack Conklin to return from injured return. Hunt has been on injured reserve since Oct. 19 with a calf injury and Conklin has been on IR since Nov. 6 due to an elbow injury. The team also activated guard Austin Schlottmann from reserve/COVID list and designated linebacker Micah Kiser for return from IR.
  • The Washington Football Team announced Wednesday that tight end Logan Thomas has returned to practice and therefore been designated to return from injury reserve. Washington now has 21 days to move Thomas to the active roster. Thomas was placed on IR back on Oct. 6 due to a hamstring injury.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said he's hopeful wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) will return in Week 13 versus the Falcons, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. The Bucs announced Wednesday that cornerback Carlton Davis has been designated for return and begun a 21-day window during which he can be activated to the roster. Davis was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 7 due to a calf injury. Head coach Bruce Arians said linebacker Devin White suffered a quad injury late in Monday night's win against the New York Giants and did not practice Wednesday. If he's unable to play Sunday, Arians is confident Kevin Minter would step in and do well. Arians also said wide receiver Mike Evans did not practice due to his back tightening up, which occurred in Monday's game, also.
  • Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, while wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (toe) and linebacker Darius Leonard (ankle) were limited.
  • Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was listed on the team practice report as did not participate due to not injury related -- personal matter.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles placed linebacker Davion Taylor on injured reserve.
  • Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (ribs) who was limited each of the past two days was a full participant at Wednesday's practice. Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring) was also a full participant. Beasley and Edmunds are the only two players on the Bills' injury report ahead of Thursday night's game and have no injury designation.
  • San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Dee Ford linebacker Dre Greenlaw are expected to be activated from injured reserve on Friday, per head coach Kyle Shanahan. Rookie running back Elijah Mitchell returned to practice Wednesday after undergoing finger surgery last week.
  • New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley will be limited in Wednesday's practice.
  • Carolina Panthers first-round rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn (foot) was at practice Wednesday in a red jersey. Horn broke his foot in September and was predicted to be out two to three months.
  • Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who's dealing with a toe injury, would be day to day in practice as he was the previous week. Rodgers did not practice on Wednesday. Wide receiver Davante Adams (ankle) was limited and so too was running back Aaron Jones (knee). The Packers also placed linebacker Jonathan Garvin on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • New York Giants tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle), who was injured in Monday night's game, and wide receivers Kadarius Toney (quad) and Sterling Shepard (quad) did not take part in Wednesday's walkthrough. Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) was limited in his practice estimation. The team placed cornerback Nate Ebner on injured reserve.
  • The Tennessee Titans placed quarterback Logan Woodside on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (chest) and outside linebacker Harold Landry (hamstring) did not practice. Running back D'Onta Foreman (triceps) was limited.
  • New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry (neck) and running back Damien Harris (neck) were each limited in practice Wednesday.
  • Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.
  • The Denver Broncos announced Wednesday they have activated guard Austin Schlottmann from the reserve/COVID-19 list and designated linebacker Micah Kiser to return from injured reserve.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (heel/knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Roster moves

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Wednesday they signed wide receiver Jaydon Mickens off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad and to their active roster. Mickens was part of the Bucs' Super Bowl-winning effort last season. Mickens had three kick returns for 75 yards in the Super Bowl.
  • The New York Jets signed fullback Nick Bawden to the active roster.
  • The Minnesota Vikings signed pass rusher Tashawn Bower off the New England Patriots practice squad, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
  • The Miami Dolphins announced Wednesday they have signed linebacker Vince Biegel to the active roster and claimed running back Phillip Lindsay off waivers from the Texans.
  • The Detroit Lions elevated guard Parker Ehinger to the active/inactive list.
  • The Houston Texans signed defensive lineman Derek Rivers to the active roster from the practice squad. The team also signed linebacker Connor Strachan to the practice squad.
  • The New York Giants signed tight end Chris Myarick to the active roster from the practice squad.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles have claimed cornerback Mac McCain III off waivers.
  • The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Luq Barcoo and wide receiver Devin Funchess to the practice squad. WR Austin Watkins Jr. was released in a corresponding move.

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