NFL roundup: Latest league news from Monday, Sept. 20

Baker Mayfield's trustworthy receiver might not miss much time, if at all.

Jarvis Landry is week-to-week following an MCL sprain suffered in Sunday's win over the Texans, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters Monday.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport added that the injury is relatively minor and could have an estimated recovery timetable of 2-3 weeks.

Landry suffered the injury very early in Cleveland's Week 2 game against Houston, playing just two snaps before leaving the game for good. Landry caught a screen pass from Mayfield on first-and-5 and gained nine yards, suffering the knee injury on the play and immediately exiting.

Without Landry, Mayfield completed 18 of his final 20 pass attempts for 204 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The quarterback also scored a touchdown on a scramble, helping the Browns down the Texans, 31-21.

Landry has proven to be a reliable pass-catcher for the Browns since he arrived via trade in 2018. He and Mayfield have established a rapport that has seen Landry catch 236 passes for 2,990 yards and 13 touchdowns from 2018-2020. With Odell Beckham still sidelined following a season-ending ACL injury suffered in 2020, Landry's involvement has been additionally important to Cleveland's chances offensively.

Without Landry and Beckham, Mayfield was forced to rely on a pass-catching corps of receivers Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz, as well as tight ends Harrison Bryant, Austin Hooper and David Njoku. Running back Demetric Felton caught Mayfield's lone touchdown pass Sunday, a 33-yard screen that saw Felton break multiple tackles and evade a handful of defenders on his way to the end zone.

The Browns will hope to have Landry and Beckham both back in action sooner rather than later. Chicago (1-1) awaits Cleveland in Week 3.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • Detroit Lions rookie cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu left Monday night's game with a thigh injury and head coach Dan Campbell said after the game the injury was a "bad one." Melifonwu was a third-round pick.
  • Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters Monday that running back Darrell Henderson is dealing with a rib cartilage injury, but the team is optimistic he will be ready for Sunday after resting this week. McVay added that Sony Michel will start Week 3 versus the Buccaneers.
  • Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden told reporters quarterback Derek Carr (ankle) had an MRI on Monday and believes Carr should be able to play Sunday against the Dolphins, but as of now he is questionable. Gruden characterized running back Josh Jacobs (toe/ankle) as "very questionable" for Sunday. Jacobs missed the Raiders' Week 2 win against the Steelers. The availability of offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood (back) is also in question for Sunday, per Gruden.
  • San Francisco 49ers running back JaMycal Hasty suffered a high-ankle sprain on Sunday and is now week-to-week, Rapoport reported.
  • Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday that wide receiver Amari Cooper is dealing with bruised ribs that bothered him in Week 1 and were aggravated against the Chargers on Sunday. McCarthy said more would be known Monday after practice.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (groin) has a chance to play in Week 3, per Rapoport. Watt was sidelined for the entire second half of Sunday's loss to the Raiders. Receiver Diontae Johnson, who was injured on the last play of Sunday's game, did not suffer a serious injury, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. Johnson's status for Week 3 is still to be determined but all signs indicate the injury is not a long-term one. Pittsburgh placed defensive lineman Tyson Alualu (fractured ankle) on injured reserve.
  • Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is good to go for Thursday night's matchup against the Texans after experiencing leg cramping on Sunday, per coach Matt Rhule. Left guard Pat Elflein (hamstring) is not expected to play and was listed as a DNP. Defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (ankle) also did not practice.
  • Denver Broncos linebacker Josey Jewell suffered a torn pectoral muscle, Rapoport reported. He will miss the remainder of the season. Coach Vic Fangio told reporters that pass rusher Bradley Chubb aggravated the ankle injury that held him out of Week 1 and limited him in practice ahead of Week 2.
  • Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is undergoing tests on his ankles to determine the severity of the sprains he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Rams, Rapoport reported.
  • Philadelphia Eagles guard Brandon Brooks suffered a pec strain and will likely go on injured reserve, per coach Nick Sirianni. Brooks is expected to return at some point this season. Sirianni also confirmed defensive end Brandon Graham is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles. Graham, a first-time Pro Bowler in 2020, is set to become a free agent after the 2022 season.
  • The X-rays on Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's bruised came back negative, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. His status for Week 3 will depend on his pain tolerance and functionality. Receiver Will Fuller, who sat out Week 2 with a personal issue, was back in the building Monday and participating in team functions. NFL Network's Cameron Wolfe reported Fuller will play Week 3 against the Raiders.
  • Early reports indicated Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a bone bruise in Sunday's win over the Bengals, per Rapoport. Coach Matt Nagy confirmed Dalton avoided an ACL tear. The QB is still being evaluated.
  • Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor is day-to-day with a hamstring injury, per coach David Culley. Taylor was listed as a DNP on Houston's estimated practice report, along with receivers Danny Amendola (thigh) and Nico Collins (shoulder) and cornerback Terrance Mitchell (concussion).
  • Jacksonville Jaguars tight end James O'Shaughnessy is out for a few weeks with a high ankle sprain. Receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (shoulder) and cornerback C.J. Henderson (groin) are dealing with mild injuries. The Jags placed offensive lineman Walker Little on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals placed practice squad guard Keaton Sutherland on their reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed linebacker Kevin Minter and practice squad wide receiver Travis Jonsen on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Roster signings

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers promoted defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux to the 53-man roster.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars signed running back Nathan Cottrell to the practice squad.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed linebacker Elijah Ponder to the practice squad.
  • The Cleveland Browns signed tight end Miller Forristall and guard Tristen Hoge to the practice squad.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders are signing quarterback Kyle Sloter to the practice squad, per Pelissero.
  • The Tennessee Titans signed offensive lineman Christian DiLauro to the team's practice squad.
  • The Green Bay Packers elevated wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown ahead of Monday night's game against the Lions.
  • The New York Jets elevated defensive back Adrian Colbert from their practice squad.

Roster cuts

  • The Las Vegas Raiders released cornerback Nevin Lawson. Rapoport reported the move was due to injuries at other positions and that the team hopes to add him back on the practice squad.
  • The Cleveland Browns released receiver Davion Davis and offensive tackle Jordan Steckler.
  • The Tennessee Titans waived kicker Ryan Santoso from the practice squad.
  • The New Orleans Saints released linebacker Wynton McManis and defensive back Jordan Miller.
  • The New York Jets waived guard Isaiah Williams.
  • The Minnesota Vikings cut tight end Brandon Dillon.
  • The Atlanta Falcons cut kicker Elliott Fry.
  • The Miami Dolphins released offensive tackle Bobby Hart.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released defensive back Herb Miller.

Visits

Suspensions lifted

  • Carolina Panthers cornerback A.J. Bouye has been removed from the reserve/suspended list and is now active.
  • Chicago Bears defensive tackle Mario Edwards has been removed from the reserve/suspended list and is now active.

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