NFL injury updates, latest league news from Monday, Jan. 3

The Seattle Seahawks will have to conclude the season without their defensive leader.

Linebacker Bobby Wagner will miss Week 18 after suffering sprains to the MCL and PCL in his knee on Sunday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Monday's news did come with a bit of a silver lining for the 31-year-old All-Pro as Rapoport noted that the injuries are minor and are expected to cause no issues going forward once they heal on their own.

Wagner logged only one defensive snap before prematurely exiting Seattle's Week 17 win over Detroit. He did not record any stats in the game but he did enter the contest coming off a prosperous December in which he recorded a total 42 tackles, two passes defensed and one interception.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • The Chicago Bears activated tight end Jesper Horsted and linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is not believed to have suffered a serious knee injury late in Sunday's win over the Chiefs, per Rapoport. Burrow was not present for the final two kneel downs of the contest. The QB told coach Zac Taylor he could have gone back in the game if need be, Rapoport reported, per sources informed of the situation. The Bengals placed linebacker Jordan Evans on the reserve/COVID-19 list and activated CB Darius Phillips (hip) and WR Auden Tate (shoulder) from the reserve/COVID-19 list. All three players remain on IR.
  • Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters after Monday night's loss that running back Nick Chubb, who had just 12 carries for the game and four in the first half, was limited due to an injury to his ribs. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said after the game he would have surgery to repair his injured shoulder but did not specify when. Mayfield added he will discuss with his agent and family whether he'll play in the Week 18 finale. Cornerback Greedy Williams was ruled out in Monday night's game due to a shoulder injury. Linebacker Sione Takitaki was ruled out with a shoulder injury, as well. The team placed tight end Miller Forristall (hamstring) on practice squad/injured.
  • Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Gallup suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and will miss the rest of the year, per Rapoport.
  • Denver Broncos guard Dalton Risner suffered a partial UCL tear, Rapoport reported. No surgery will be required and he should be fully recovered in three to four weeks, Rapoport added. Broncos kicker Brandon McManus and punter Sam Martin on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list. Defensive tackle Jonathan Harris and wide receiver Seth Williams were promoted to the active roster.
  • The Detroit Lions placed OL Penei Sewell and Taylor Decker and LB Austin Bryant on the COVID list, per coach Dan Campbell. The team also activated DE Michael Brockers, WR Josh Reynolds, Halapoulivaati Vaitai and TE Brock Wright from the list. Running back Rodney Smith was placed on the practice squad COVID list.
  • Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that star tackle David Bakhtiari will return to practice this week. Bakhtiari (knee) was activated off the PUP list on Nov. 10, but has not played a game this season. He underwent a knee scope in late November and has not practiced since Week 15. Green Bay activated LB Chauncey Rivers (knee, IR) from the reserve/COVID-19 list, and placed OL Dennis Kelly and S Darnell Savage on the list. Receiver David Moore was placed on the practice squad reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • The Houston Texans placed defensive back Justin Reid on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The team also placed DBs Grayland Arnold and Jonathan Owens on IR.
  • Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich told reporters cornerback Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) will be considered day-to-day going forward. Indy activated linebacker Malik Jefferson off the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia anticipates tight end Darren Waller participating in practice this week. Waller has not played since Week 12 due to back and knee injuries. The team also activated linebacker Will Compton and linebacker Patrick Onwuasor from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Los Angeles Rams running back Raymond Calais was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Calais remains in injured reserve, however.
  • The Miami Dolphins activated defensive tackle John Jenkins and receiver Preston Williams off the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Dolphins also activated center Spencer Pulley and guard Durval Queiroz off the practice squad/COVID-19 list.
  • The Minnesota Vikings placed S Camryn Bynum, G Ezra Cleveland, T Christian Darrisaw, LB Eric Kendricks and T Brian O'Neill on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Vikings also activated DE Patrick Jones II from the list.
  • New York Giants quarterback Mike Glennon is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his wrist, per coach Joe Judge.
  • New York Jets left tackle Mekhi Becton won't return to practice or play this week after missing all but one game this season with a knee injury, coach Robert Saleh told reporters. Meanwhile, tackle George Fant is getting a second opinion on his knee and running back Michael Carter is in concussion protocol.
  • Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (hand) is not expected to play Saturday against Dallas, coach Nick Sirianni told reporters. The hope is Sanders is available to play on Super Wild Card Weekend. Philly clinched a playoff berth Sunday. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, TE Dallas Goedert and C Jason Kelce were among the "roughly a dozen" Eagles players who tested positive for COVID-19 today, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo. Pelissero noted that NFL's updated COVID protocol will give all of the players a chance to be cleared in time for Saturday's game vs. the Cowboys. The team later confirmed the news, and added the following players to the list also: LB Genard Avery, S Marcus Epps, G Nate Herbig, RB Jordan Howard, CB Avonte Maddox, S Rodney McLeod, RB Boston Scott, LB Alex Singleton, and TE Jack Stoll. The team also activated CB Andre Chachere from the COVID list.
  • The San Francisco 49ers placed safety Jimmie Ward, defensive back Dontae Johnson, running back Raheem Mostert and cornerback K'Waun Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin, who's out for the season with ACL and MCL tears, underwent successful surgery on Monday, Rapoport reported. There was no meniscus damage for the pending free agent, who is expected to make a full recovery.
  • The Tennessee Titans activated receiver Julio Jones, linebacker Jayon Brown and tackle Kendall Lamm from the reserve/COVID-19 list. The team also placed tight end MyCole Pruitt (ankle) on injured reserve. He is scheduled for surgery today. Practice squad defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun was activated from the COVID practice squad list, while tackle Paul Adams was moved to PS reserve/COVID list.
  • The Washington Football Team activated tackle Samuel Cosmi and cornerback Darryl Roberts from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Roster moves

  • The Arizona Cardinals are signing veteran cornerback Bashaud Breeland to the practice squad, Pelissero reported. Breeland was supposed to sign with the team a week prior, but tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival.
  • The Cleveland Browns elevated safety Adrian Colbert and guard Hjalte Froholdt from the practice squad.
  • The Green Bay Packers released kicker Elliott Fry from the practice squad.
  • The Minnesota Vikings released quarterback Kyle Sloter.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles released kicker Matt McCrane from the practice squad.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers elevated guard Rashaad Coward and running back Trey Edmunds from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not make any official move regarding wide receiver Antonio Brown on Monday, Pelissero reported Monday, via the transaction wire. On Sunday, Brown walked off the field during the Buccaneers' game against the New York Jets and head coach Bruce Arians announced Brown was no longer with the team following the game.
  • The Washington Football Team signed linebacker De'Jon Harris from the practice squad.

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