Fresh off an emphatic win on Monday night, the Chiefs have some finger-crossing to do.
Defensive tackle Chris Jones tweaked his groin in Kansas City's 34-20 victory over Baltimore, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. The team will see how Jones' injury feels Tuesday, per Pelissero, but it is not believed to be a serious ailment.
Jones' importance to Kansas City's defensive efforts can't be understated. When Patrick Mahomes signed his 10-year extension, he made sure to leave some money on the table for the Chiefs to spend on retaining Jones, a 2019 Pro Bowler and 2018 All-Pro who proved his value again Monday night, recording two sacks of Lamar Jackson.
With the Chiefs facing a quick turnaround ahead of Sunday's Week 4 meeting with New England, they'll have to hope Jones can recover in time to be fully available against the Patriots.
Here's other news, injuries and transactions we're tracking on Tuesday:
- Las Vegas Raiders rookie cornerback Damon Arnette is visiting a thumb specialist today after falling awkwardly on it Sunday and could be sidelined six weeks, NFL Network Ian Rapoport reported. That worst-case scenario would put him on injured reserve.
- Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert has a very small fracture in his ankle that won't require surgery but is expected to keep him out at least a couple weeks, Pelissero reported. Goedert also has a sprain but the fracture will determine how long he'll be out, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. The team placed Goedert on injured reserve on Tuesday, meaning the TE will be out at least three weeks. In a corresponding move, Philly signed tight end Hakeem Butler to the active roster off of the Panthers' practice squad.
- Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio said on KOA radio that right tackle Elijah Wilkinson will be placed on injured reserve.with a leg injury. Fangio also said running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) is close to returning and quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) might play next week versus the Patriots but there's more hope of him being back for Week 6 against the Dolphins.
- The Washington Football Team announced it has placed defensive tackle Matthew Ioannidis (biceps) on IR and elevated veteran defensive end Nate Orchard from their practice squad.
- The New York Giants are signing defensive back Madre Harper off the Raiders' practice squad, per Garafolo. New York gave the 2020 undrafted free agent a signing bonus to entice him to leave Vegas. New York also announced it signed running back Alfred Morris and quarterback Clayton Thorson, while terminating quarterback Cooper Rush and running back Rod Smith from the practice squad.
- New York Jets coach Adam Gase said rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton (shoulder), wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and offensive tackle George Fant (concussion) will be limited in Tuesday's walk-through and are trending toward playing Thursday against the Broncos.
- The Atlanta Falcons placed cornerback Darqueze Dennard on injured reserve. Atlanta also signed defensive end Austin Edwards to the practice squad and release linebacker Deone Bucannon and cornerback D.J. White from the team's practice squad. The Falcons are also bringing in kickers Kai Forbath and Elliott Fry for workouts after Younghoe Koo went down with an injury, Pelissero reported.
- Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan, who went down this past Sunday versus the Vikings, avoided a major injury, Pelissero reported. While it's too early to say whether Lewan will play this week against the Steelers, there's optimism in his absence being short-term, per Pelissero. The Titans placed long snapper Beau Brinkley and nose tackle DaQuan Jones on the reserve/COVID-19 list, along with practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson, according to the league's transaction wire. The Titans also added running back D'Onta Foreman and defensive back Maurice Smith to the practice squad.
- The Los Angeles Chargers placed cornerback Chris Harris on injured reserve and promoted defensive back Jahleel Addae.
- The Chicago Bears placed running back Tarik Cohen on injured reserve and elevated running back Artavis Pierce to the active roster.
- Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin characterizes fullback Derek Watt (hamstring) and safety Marcus Allen (plantar fasciitis) as doubtful for the team's Week 4 game against the Titans.