NFL injury updates, latest league news from Wednesday, Dec. 29

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is taking a key step toward returning to the playing field Wednesday. He’s going to practice.

It will be the star quarterback’s first action since injuring his ankle in Week 14. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he’s “really hopeful” Jackson will be available for Week 17 versus the Rams.

“I really want to see him out there Sunday, I know the fans do. Most of all, Lamar does,” Harbaugh said. “So he’s going to do everything he can to be out here. You can’t make a promise, because we don’t know.”

While Harbaugh has expressed similar hope of Jackson’s return during the previous two weeks, it seemed unlikely when Jackson was unable to practice at all. Harbaugh said Jackson will likely be a limited participant to begin the week.

Backup Tyler Huntley, who was placed on the reserve/COVID -19 list last Saturday, is expected back Thursday.

In other news, the Ravens activated safety Geno Stone, linebackers Justin Houston, Tyus Bowser, Chris Board and Kristian Welch, offensive tackle David Sharpe and QB Chris Streveler from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • The Arizona Cardinals activated punter Andy Lee from the reserve/COVID-19 list and designated linebackers Ezekiel Turner (shoulder) and Tanner Vallejo (knee) to return from injured reserve.
  • The Buffalo Bills activated receivers Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, offensive lineman Jon Feliciano and defensive end A.J. Epenesa from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • The Carolina Panthers placed outside linebacker Haason Reddick and quarterback P.J. Walker on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Offensive linemen Pat Elflein and Dennis Daley were activated from the list.
  • Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy told reporters quarterbacks Justin Fields (ankle) and Andy Dalton (hand/groin) will be at practice. Both players missed Week 16.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals designated designated guard Xavier Su'a-Filo to return to practice, placed linebacker Germaine Pratt on the reserve/COVID-19 list and activated wideout Mike Thomas from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • The Cleveland Browns placed quarterback Nick Mullens on the practices squad/COVID-19 list.
  • The Denver Broncos placed receivers Tim Patrick and Tyrie Cleveland, safety Caden Sterns and offensive tackle Calvin Anderson, who is on injured reserve, on the reserve/COVID list, per coach Vic Fangio.
  • Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell said running back D'Andre Swift is expected back this week, but he’ll likely be shut down for part of the offseason.
  • The Green Bay Packers are activating cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder) from injured reserve, per coach Matt LaFleur.
  • The Indianapolis Colts activated guards Mark Glowinski and Quenton Nelson, defensive end Kemoko Turay, cornerback Rock Ya-Sin and tight end Farrod Green from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Quarterback James Morgan and tight end Eli Wolf were placed on the practice squad/COVID-19 list.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars safety Rudy Ford and practice squad wideout Josh Hammond on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to activate tight end Travis Kelce from the reserve/COVID-19 list, and welcome him back to practice, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
  • The Minnesota Vikings activated running back Dalvin Cook from the reserve/COVID-19 list, and placed receiver Adam Thielen (ankle) on injured reserve. Cornerback Tye Smith was activated from the COVID list while defensive Patrick Jones II was placed on it.
  • The New York Giants listed RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), K Graham Gano (illness), OL Billy Price (personal), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) and WR Kadarius Toney (shoulder) among those who did not practice.
  • The New York Jets activated quarterback Joe Flacco, tight end Kenny Yeboah, cornerbacks Michael Carter II and Lamar Jackson, defensive linemen John Marshall, Tanzel Smart and Foley Fatukasi, and linebackers Noah Dawkins and Hamsah Nasirildeen from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Head coach Robert Saleh was cleared to return from COVID protocol.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles activated offensive tackle Le'Raven Clark and Andre Dillard and defensive ends Tarron Jackson and Ryan Kerrigan from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Tennesee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan is off the COVID list, per coach Mike Vrabel.
  • The Washington Football Team placed cornerback Darryl Roberts and practice squad offensive tackle David Steinmetz on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Roster moves

  • The Arizona Cardinals released punter Ryan Winslow from the practice squad.
  • The Cleveland Browns signed kicker Chris Blewitt to the practice squad.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars signed linebacker Tyrell Adams to the active roster from the 49ers’ practice squad.

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