Pickett, Wilson, Huntley in Concussion Protocol; Purdy Getting MRI

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Monday, Dec. 12

Kyler Murray Carted Off  on Monday Night Football

On the third play of the game Kyler Murray was carted off after suffering a non-contact injury. Colt McCoy went into the game in relief of Murray.

After the game, Kliff Kingsbury stated, “Doesn’t look good. We’ll know more in the morning.” It is feared that Murray suffered a serious knee injury.

Pickett, Wilson, Huntley in Concussion Protocol

Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson and Steelers QB Kenny Pickett are both in the NFL’s concussion protocol, NFL Media reported. Additionally, Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley is also in concussion protocol, coach John Harbaugh told reporters.

All three signal-callers suffered serious blows to the head on Sunday, forcing their respective backups to enter the game.

Pickett was replaced by Mitch Trubisky in their loss to the Ravens, Wilson was replaced by Brett Rypien in their loss to the Chiefs and Huntley was replaced by Anthony Brown in their win against the Steelers.

Cowboys Signing Hilton

The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran wide receiver T.Y. Hilton on Monday, the team announced. Hilton spent 10 professional seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. It’s unclear if this move changes the team’s plans to pursue Odell Beckham Jr., who they were favorited to sign.

“Great addition,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We’ll get him out there Wednesday and get him acclimated. He had a workout. Everything passed with flying colors. The timing is right. He’s ready to go.”

Hilton will bolster a wide receiver group that already features CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup.

White, Williams Listed as Day to Day

Jets quarterback Mike White (ribs) and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (calf) are both day-to-day, coach Robert Saleh told reporters. Saleh also said the team will prepare this week like White will be the starting quarterback in Week 15 but was less clear on Williams’ status.

White is 1-2 as the Jets starter since taking over for Zach Wilson. White was removed from Sunday’s game against the Bills twice due to injury but returned both times. Williams was ruled questionable with his calf injury but did not return to action.

Purdy Getting MRI

49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is getting an MRI on his oblique on Monday, NFL Media reported. Purdy was hurt on the 49ers’ second drive of the game but continued to play well in their 35-7 win against the Buccaneers.

Although there’s reportedly not a lot of concern, San Francisco has already lost Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance to injury this season, so if Purdy can’t play on Thursday, they’ll be down to their fourth quarterback. In that scenario, Josh Johnson would likely start.

Deebo Samuel Likely to Miss Multiple Weeks

49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is believed to have suffered a high-ankle sprain and could miss the remainder of the 2022 regular season, though he should be healthy for the playoffs, NFL Media reported.

The 49ers playmaker will undergo further evaluation Monday as the team attempts to ready itself for a playoff push in the last few weeks of the season. Having lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo last week, Samuel’s subsequent loss could be devastating for a team with championship aspirations.

Steele Out for Season

Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Terrance Steele is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL, NFL Media reported. Steele was injured during the team’s Week 14 win over the Houston Texans.

Steele’s loss could be eased if the Cowboys can get back left tackle Tyron Smith, who returned to practice last week and could be ready to play in Week 15.

Ridder Officially Named Starter, Mariota to IR

The Falcons officially named rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder their starter, coach Arthur Smith told reporters. This move reportedly took place last week as the team was on its Week 14 bye.

Additionally, Marcus Mariota will likely be heading to injured reserve with a knee injury, Smith added. If that happens, it would end Mariota’s season. Logan Woodside will back up Ridder if Mariota is out.

Saints Sticking With Dalton

The Saints will start Andy Dalton at quarterback this week against the Falcons, coach Dennis Allen told reporters. There were some grumblings the Saints would go back to Jameis Winston after their Week 14 bye, but that is clearly not the case.

Dalton is 3-7 as the team’s starter this season, and Winston is 1-2. Winston began the season as the team’s starter but suffered a back injury that kept him out of the lineup for a couple of weeks.

Commanders Activate Wentz

Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz was activated off of injured reserve on Monday, NFL Media reported. Wentz suffered an injury to his right ring finger that required surgery in October.

In the meantime, Washington replaced him with Taylor Heinicke, who is 5-1-1 as the team’s start and will hold the job despite Wentz’s return.

Tyler Boyd Could Be Out 1-2 Weeks

Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd could miss the next one or two weeks with a finger injury, NFL Media reported. Boyd dislocated a finger during the Bengals’ win on Sunday over the Cleveland browns. The injury is not expected to be serious and would only potentially sideline Boyd in the short term.

DJ Moore Undergoing Tests

Panthers wide receiver DJ Moore is undergoing further imaging of his ankle, NFL Media reported. The severity of Moore’s injury is unknown. Further testing is necessary to understand the extent of the injury and how much time Moore could miss. He left Sunday’s game early with the injury.

Eagles’ Johnson Day-to-Day, Need New Punter

Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson is day-to-day with an abdominal injury, NFL Media reported. The Eagles initially feared Johnson’s injury could be more serious but got good news on Monday after further evaluation.

However, the team did not get good news on punter Arryn Siposs, who is out indefinitely after taking a big during the team’s win against the Giants on Sunday, NFL Media reported. Three-time Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern is scheduled to visit the Eagles this week.

Buccaneers Potentially Lose Starting CB

Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean suffered what is believed to be a minor toe injury against the 49ers that might cost him some time, NFL Media reported. The Buccaneers are considering Dean as “week to week.”

Pro Bowl Coaching Staffs Announced

The coaching staffs for the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl are official, NFL Media reported. The AFC’s staff will include head coach Peyton Manning, defensive coordinator Ray Lewis and offensive coordinator Diana Flores. The NFC’s staff includes head coach Eli Manning, defensive coordinator DeMarcus Ware and offensive coordinator Vanita Krouch.

Flores and Krouch are quarterbacks for the women’s flag football teams for Mexico and U.S., respectively. The Pro Bowl will be on Feb. 5, 2023.

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