Saturday's NFL injury and roster news for Week 9

Sammy Watkins will miss another game.

The Chiefs announced they have ruled out the receiver for Sunday against the Panthers as he continues to battle a hamstring injury. Watkins had initially been listed as questionable after being a limited participant in practice all week. Instead he's out for the fourth consecutive week.

Watkins had gotten off to a strong start before the injury, leading the team in receiving in wins over the Texans and Ravens. His absence just hasn't affected the Chiefs, who've won three games in a row and continued to score in bunches.

The league's most loaded offense will welcome Watkins when he's ready.

In other Chiefs news, tight end Travis Kelce was fined $12,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct for dunking the ball over the crossbar after scoring a touchdown last week against the Jets, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Also, Kansas City activated receiver Gehrig Dieter and guard Bryan Witzmann from practice squad

Here are other injuries and roster moves we're tracking on Saturday:

  • The Carolina Panthers activated running back Christian McCaffrey ahead of Sunday's game against the Chiefs. The All-Pro has missed the past six games with a high-ankle sprain. Carolina also ruled out offensive tackle Russell Okung (calf).
  • Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen was added to the injury report Saturday with an illness. He is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Raiders. The team also announced it signed defensive end Jessie Lemonier to the active roster, activated running back Kalen Ballage and defensive back Quenton Meeks from the practice squad, placed cornerback Brandon Facyson on the reserve/COVID-19 list and signed safety Jaylen Watkins to the practice squad.
  • The Chicago Bears activated quarterback Tyler Bray, receiver Dwayne Harris and defensive lineman Dan McCullers (COVID-19 replacements), as well as offensive linemen Dieter Eiselen and Badara Traore from the practice squad to the active roster. Chicago also placed defensive back Deon Bush on the reserve/COVID-19 list. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per an informed source, that Bush was because of a close contact away from the team and facility, not a positive test. Bush is in Nashville, but he's quarantining away from the team and will not play Week 9.
  • The Baltimore Ravens elevated receiver Dez Bryant from the practice squad, Rapoport reported, per the wire. Baltimore linebacker Matt Judon was fined $35,096 for inadvertently contacting an official's arm, Rapoport reported. The contact led to Judon's ejection last week versus the Steelers. The Ravens also activated the following players from the reserve/COVID-19 list: linebacker Tyus Bowser, safety DeShon Elliott, linebacker L.J. Fort, linebacker Malik Harrison, linebacker Patrick Queen and cornerback Terrell Bonds, who was signed to the 53-man roster. The six were placed on the reserve list earlier this week as a result of contact tracing following Marlon Humphrey 's positive COVID-19 test. While Fort was added to the injury report and ruled out with a finger injury, the others are eligible to play Sunday against the Colts. Linebacker Kristian Welch was also signed to the 53-man roster while receiver Chris Moore was placed on injured reserve.
  • New Orleans Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was fined $5,128 for unsportsmanlike conduct as part of an altercation with Bears receiver Javon Wims, Pelissero reported. Wims was suspended two games earlier this week for punching Gardner-Johnson.
  • The Dallas Cowboys elevated running back Sewo Olonilua from the practice squad. Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Elliott would warm up pre-game to see if he's "full go." Quarterback Cooper Rush was also elevated from the practice squad; he's expected to back up Garrett Gilbert on Sunday, per Pelissero and Rapoport. Cornerback Saivion Smith has been activated from the practice squad (COVID-19 replacement) for Andy Dalton this week. Punter Chris Jones has been placed on IR after undergoing core muscle surgery and P Hunter Niswander was signed from the practice squad. Free-agent P Marquette King is trying out for Dallas, Rapoport reported, per the wire.
  • The Houston Texans elevated defensive tackle Corey Liuget, linebacker Nate Hall and offensive lineman Greg Mancz to the active roster as COVID-19 replacements. The Texans also signed free-agent QB Josh McCown and placed him on the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list. Cornerback Bradley Roby will not travel with the team and has been ruled out for Sunday's road game versus the Jaguars. Houston noted that Roby's absence is not related to injury or COVID-19. Roby has started all seven games this season, although he exited early last week with a knee injury.
  • Atlanta Falcons defensive end Charles Harris was not fined for a hit on Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater that prompted a melee between the two teams last week, Pelissero reported. Bridgewater was temporarily sidelined afterward and Harris was ejected. Falcons DE Dante Fowler also wasn't fined for tripping Bridgewater on the play, Pelissero added. The Falcons activated cornerback Darqueze Dennard from IR to the 53-man roster and placed CB Jordan Miller on IR. Atlanta also elevated practice squad linebackers Edmond Robinson and Pita Taumoepenu to the active roster.
  • Green Bay Packers running back Dexter Williams will miss at least three weeks with an MCL sprain, Rapoport reported. Williams was banged up in Green Bay's win over the 49ers on Thursday, just hours after being elevated from the practice squad. He's a candidate for injured reserve, Rapoport added.
  • Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates was fined $20,000 for his hit last week on Titans receiver Adam Humphries, Pelissero reported. Humphries suffered a concussion from the play.
  • The Indianapolis Colts elevated receivers Daurice Fountain and DeMichael Harris to the active roster from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Ravens. They also activated linebacker Matthew Adams from injured reserve, placed WR Ashton Dulin on IR, signed kicker Matt Gay to the practice squad and released practice squad running back Darius Jackson.
  • New York Giants receiver Golden Tate will not travel with the team for its Week 9 game at Washington over issues with his effort and performance, NFL Network's Kim Jones and Rapoport reported. New York activated defensive back Montre Hartage, running back Alfred Morris and guard Chad Slade from the practice squad, and DB Brandon Williams from the reserve list.
  • The Detroit Lions activated quarterback Matthew Stafford from the reserve/COVID-19 list. If he tests negative Sunday, he'll be cleared to play versus the Vikings. Detroit also ruled out guard Joe Dahl (back).
  • The Denver Broncos downgraded receiver Diontae Spencer to out versus the Falcons.
  • The Washington Football Team activated receiver Steven Sims from IR and released defensive end Nate Orchard. Washington also elevated WR Jeff Badet and offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher for Sunday's game against the Giants.
  • New York Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters that Sam Darnold won't practice Saturday and is doubtful to play Monday night against the Patriots because of an injured AC joint in his throwing shoulder. Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (hamstring) and kicker Sam Ficken (groin) were also listed as doubtful.
  • Tennesse Titans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney is dealing with a meniscus injury that could require surgery, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, per sources. Clowney is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, but Garafolo added that he's unlikely to play after not practicing all week. The Titans signed punter Ryan Allen to the active roster, and cornerback Breon Borders, receiver Cameron Batson, running back D'Onta Foreman and defensive lineman Teair Tart to the active roster from the practice squad. Tennessee also elevated long snapper Matt Overton and linebacker Wyatt Ray from the practice squad, placed punter Brett Kern and CB Tye Smith on IR and kicker Tucker McCann on practice squad IR. Offensive lineman Daniel Munyer was released from the active roster and punter Trevor Daniel was added to the practice squad. The team announced CB Desmond King, acquired via trade with the Chargers, completed the NFL COVID-19 protocols and officially joined the roster.
  • New England Patriots receiver N'Keal Harry (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday against the Jets. Kicker Nick Folk (back) was added to the injury report and is listed as questionable.
  • The Miami Dolphins activated rookie offensive tackle Austin Jackson off IR, and elevated receiver Kirk Merritt (COVID-19 replacement).
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated defensive lineman William Gholston from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars elevated linebacker Joe Giles-Harris and cornerback Josh Nurse from the practice squad, promoted safety Doug Middleton to the active roster from the practice squad and placed LB Shaquille Quarterman (knee) on IR.
  • The Minnesota Vikings elevated center Brett Jones and defensive tackle Abdullah Anderson (COVID-19 replacement) from the practice squad.
  • The Arizona Cardinals activated tight end Maxx Williams from IR and elevated running back D.J. Foster and cornerback Jace Whittaker from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements. Arizona also elevated defensive lineman Michael Dogbe to the active roster from the practice squad as a standard elevation and released TE Jordan Thomas.
  • Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano, who's been dealing with a pectoral injury since Week 4, has been placed on injured reserve. The team announced rookie cornerback Dane Jackson and receiver Jake Kumerowwill be elevated from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Also, LB Del'Shawn Phillips has been activated from IR.
  • The Seattle Seahawks elevated running back Alex Collins from their practice squad and defensive lineman Rasheem Green from IR.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders activated defensive tackle Daniel Ross from IR and waived receiver Rico Gafford.

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