NFL roundup: Latest league news from Wednesday, Sept. 22

The Buccaneers may be without Antonio Brown in Week 3 versus the Rams.

Brown has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Wednesday.

The Bucs wide receiver, who is vaccinated, will need two negative tests 24 hours apart in order to be eligible to play on Sunday. Brown is the third Buccaneers player to land on the reserve/COVID list this week.

Brown has been a presence in the Bucs' high-powered offense through two weeks, playing in 70 offensive snaps and catching six balls for 138 yards and a touchdown. Brown also saw the field as a punt returner in Week 2, which is notable considering Tampa's main punt returner, Jaydon Mickens, is currently day-to-day with an abdomen injury. He did not practice Wednesday.

Stepping up in the would-be absence of Brown are Scott Miller, Tyler Johnson and rookie Jaelon Darden behind the one-two punch of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Miller and Darden, who was inactive for the first two games, are next in line to field punts as well.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Although Kevin Stefanski said he isn't committed to Beckham playing Sunday, the Browns coach said he "isn't ruling him out." Beckham has been inactive through the first two weeks of the season and hasn't played since sustaining an ACL tear midway through last season. Center JC Tretter (knee) and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, while guard Joel Bitonio (back), defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (knee), offensive tackle Jack Conklin (knee) and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (knee) were limited.
  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage is considered week-to-week after suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 versus the Bucs, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source. The team will see on Friday if he can possible face the Giants this week, Rapoport adds, but it appears 'a bit of a long-shot' at first glance. Gage did not practice on Wednesday, along with cornerback A.J. Terrell (concussion).
  • Carolina Panthers defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game versus the Texans.
  • Houston Texans wide receiver Danny Amendola (thigh) and defensive back Terrance Mitchell have been ruled out for Thursday's game versus the Panthers while safety Justin Reid (knee), linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee) are questionable. Quarterback Deshaun Watson (not injury related) remains out.
  • Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (knee) won't play in Week 3 versus the Browns, clearing the way for rookie Justin Fields' first NFL start.
  • Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and "is ready to go" for Week 3 versus the Dolphins, according to coach Jon Gruden. Raiders guard Richie Incognito (calf) and running back Josh Jacobs (toe/ankle), both of whom missed Sunday's win over the Steelers, did not practice Wednesday.
  • Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay was not able to attend Wednesday's walkthrough due to an illness, offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell announced. McVay has tested negative for COVID-19 and was able to do the game-planning sessions and participate in meetings. Running back Darrell Henderson (ribs) and linebacker Leonard Floyd (ankle) did not practice.
  • Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (groin) is nearing an eligible return from injured reserve after Week 3, but coach John Harbaugh wasn't keen on expecting the rookie's timely return. "We'll see," Harbaugh said on Wednesday. "It's hard to predict that stuff. Tried to predict it before and usually hasn't worked out. So, I try to stay away from that." Tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle), cornerback Tavon Young (knee), safety DeShon Elliott (concussion) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (hip/back) did not practice.
  • Denver Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb's clean-up ankle surgery was a "roaring success," coach Vic Fangio told reporters Wednesday. Sources tell NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that Chubb could be back on the field in 6-8 weeks and should be 100 percent upon his return. Chubb was officially placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
  • Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Joey Bosa (foot/ankle), cornerback Chris Harris (shoulder) and safety Derwin James (toe) did not practice Wednesday.
  • Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keanu Neal has been placed on the reserve/COVID list, the team announced. Whether he's cleared in time for Monday night's home-opener vs. the Eagles remains to be seen.
  • Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (ankles) says they're "throwing the kitchen sink" at his treatment over the past 48 hours in order to get healthy. Wentz said both ankles are still sore and that his right ankle his currently feeling worse than his left. The Colts QB exited Sunday's loss to the Rams after spraining both ankles. Wentz did not practice Wednesday, along with cornerback Xavier Rhodes (calf) and wide receiver Zach Pascal (illness).
  • Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger disclosed a left pectoral injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Raiders. Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday, along with wideout Diontae Johnson (knee) and linebacker Alex Highsmith (groin). Pass rusher T.J. Watt (groin) was limited.
  • Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) has been placed on inured reserve, as expected. Taylor is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with the hamstring injury.
  • New England Patriots linebacker Matt Judon (knee) is a new addition to the injury report and did not practice Wednesday. Tackle Trent Brown (calf) and running back Damien Harris (finger) were limited.
  • Detroit Lions linebacker Trey Flowers (shoulder/knee) and wide receiver Tyrell Williams (concussion) did not practice.
  • Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (ribs) did not practice.
  • Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (ankle) did not practice. Defensive lineman Everson Griffen (concussion), who missed last week's game, was limited. Cornerback Harrison Hand was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is dealing with a minor groin injury but was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He's not expected to miss Sunday's game. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (groin) and defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers (calf) were sidelined.
  • Detroit Lions cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu (thigh) has been placed on injured reserve.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars tight end James O'Shaughnessy (ankle) has been placed on IR.
  • New York Giants offensive lineman Shane Lemieux underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his patellar tendon and will miss the remainder of the season, per Rapoport. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hip), safety Logan Ryan (hamstring) and tight end Kaden Smith (knee) were limited in practice.
  • San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (adductor) and running back Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. Defensive end Javon Kinlaw (knee), cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (knee) and running back Trey Sermon (concussion) were all limited.
  • Green Bay Packers guard Elgton Jenkins (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
  • Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (wrist) was limited in practice.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (hand/shoulder) did not practice.
  • Tennessee Titans linebacker Bud Dupree (knee), cornerback Caleb Farley (shoulder) and tight end Anthony Firkser (knee) did not practice.

Roster signings

  • The Houston Texans are promoting quarterback Jeff Driskel from the practice squad to the active roster, a source tells Rapoport. Following the injury to Tyrod Taylor, Driskel will now be the backup QB to rookie Davis Mills as Houston hosts Carolina on Thursday night.
  • The Detroit Lions have signed cornerback Daryl Worley to the active roster from the practice squad and signed kicker Ryan Santoso to their practice squad.
  • The Denver Broncos have signed linebacker Micah Kiser off the Los Angeles Rams practice squad. Rapoport reports Kiser will get $600K fully guaranteed in his one-year deal with Denver. The Broncos also signed running back Damarea Crockett to the active roster.
  • The Dallas Cowboys are signing cornerback Holton Hill to their practice squad, Pelissero reports, per a source. The team has since announced the signing.
  • The San Francisco 49ers signed running back Chris Thompson and defensive lineman Eddie Yarbrough to their practice squad.
  • The Tennessee Titans have signed defensive lineman Naquan Jones to the active roster from the practice squad and added DL Andrew Brown to the practice squad.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed ex-Raiders cornerback Nevin Lawson to a one-year deal, Rapoport reports. The team has since announced the signing.
  • The Cleveland Browns signed wide receiver Davion Davis to their practice squad.
  • The Buffalo Bills have signed offensive tackle Bobby Hart to their practice squad.
  • The Seattle Seahawks are signing former Packers tight end Jace Sternberger to their practice squad, per his agent.

Roster cuts

Retirements

  • New York Jets linebacker B.J. Goodson has retired from football after five-plus seasons in the NFL, the team announced. Goodson signed with the Jets on Sept. 14 and played seven snaps on special teams in Sunday's loss to New England. In 66 career games, Goodson recorded 251 tackles, 12 pass deflections and four interceptions.

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