Tuesday, Dec. 20
Jackson Misses Practice
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed his seventh straight practice on Tuesday, the team reported. As Jackson continues to miss time with a knee injury, fellow offensive stars J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Devin Duvernay (foot) were also impacted by injuries.
Should Jackson miss another contest, it will likely be Tyler Huntley starting for Baltimore once again when they take on the Falcons Saturday.
Steelers’ Pickett Clears Concussion Protocol
Quarterback Kenny Pickett has cleared concussion protocol and is now on pace to start on Saturday against the Raiders, ESPN reported. Pickett suffered his concussion against the Ravens in Week 14 and was replaced by Mitch Trubisky in a 16-14 loss.
Trubisky started this past Sunday against the Panthers and led the Steelers to a win. Pickett is expected to take over starting duties despite the win as the team moves on with his rookie campaign.
Taylor Officially Placed on IR
Colts running back Jonathan Taylor was officially placed on injured reserve, which ends his season, the team announced. Taylor suffered an ankle sprain in the team’s collapse at the hands of the Vikings on Saturday.
Taylor played in just 10 games this season and finished with 861 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Taylor played in every game last season and accumulated an astounding 1,811 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Rams Lose Skowronek and Allen
Los Angeles Rams offensive players Ben Skowronek and Brian Allen will miss the rest of the 2022 NFL season with injury, ESPN reported. Wide receiver Skowronek and center Allen are both dealing with calf strains. Without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford and superstar receiver Cooper Kupp, there is little reason for the 4-10 Rams to rush anyone back.
Saints’ Ruiz to IR
The Saints added offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz to injured reserve on Tuesday, ESPN reported. The guard/center will miss the rest of the regular season with a foot injury.
Duvernay to IR
Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay is headed to injured reserve after suffering a foot injury in practice on Tuesday, NFL Media reported. The move will officially sideline Duvernay for the remainder of the regular season and at least a potential wild card round game.
Playoff Scenarios Announced
The NFL released the playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 16 on Tuesday. In the AFC, the Chargers, Bengals and Ravens can all clinch playoff spots while the Bills can clinch the AFC East.
In the NFC, the Giants can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a loss by the two of the Commanders, Seahawks and Lions. The Eagles can clinch the NFC East and the No.1 seed with a win against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Stafford Won’t Retire
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford won’t retire at the end of the 2022 season, he said on his wife Kelly’s podcast. Stafford has missed a good chunk of the season due to a neck injury. He is under contract through the 2026 season, but he is 34 years old, and he also had an elbow injury earlier this season.
Jets Will Start Wilson on TNF
Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will make his second straight start on Thursday night against the Jaguars, Robert Saleh told reporters. Mike White, who suffered a ribs injury in Week 14, was not cleared for contact.
Wilson started in the team’s loss to the Lions in Week 15 and showed some statistical improvement from his previous starts. He completed 18-of-35 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. However, the Jets still lost, making Thursday’s game critical to their playoff chances.
Giants Waive Crowder
The New York Giants waived linebacker Tae Crowder on Tuesday, the team announced. Crowder, a former “Mr. Irrevelant,” started the first eight games of the season for the Giants.
Last season he started all 17 games in New York and recorded one sack and 130 tackles, including three for a loss.
Chubb Out for Practice
Browns running back Nick Chubb did not practice on Tuesday, ESPN reported. Chubb suffered a foot injury in the team’s game against the Ravens on Saturday.
Bears’ Herbert Comes Off IR
Running back Khalil Herbert (hip) was added to the team’s 53-man roster on Tuesday, ESPN reported. Herbert was injured in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, which landed him on injured reserve. The Bears play on Saturday as they look to build momentum with a big win against the Bills.
Goedert Set to Return
Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert was added to the team’s 53-man roster on Tuesday, ESPN reported. Goedert was placed on injured reserve in Week 10 with a shoulder injury. The Eagles play the Cowboys on Saturday with a chance to clinch the NFC East and the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Kinlaw Off IR
49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw was designated for return from injured reserve on Tuesday, the team announced. Kinlaw was placed on injured reserve in Week 3 with a persistent knee injury. He now has 21 days to practice and be added back to the 53-man roster.
Ravens Claim Watkins
The Ravens claimed wide receiver Sammy Watkins off waivers on Tuesday, The Score reported. Watkins was released by the Packers on Monday. Watkins played in 13 games for the Ravens last season before signing with Green Bay in the offseason.
Watkins could make his return when the Ravens play the Falcons on Saturday.
Vikings Sign Rosen
Former first-round pick Josh Rosen is joining the Vikings practice squad, NFL Media reported. Rosen spent time with the Browns this season before they eventually released him. Rosen has bounced around the league, including stints with the Buccaneers and Dolphins since being traded from the Cardinals.
Browns Get Starting Center Back
The Browns designated interior offensive lineman Ethan Pocic to return from injured reserve on Tuesday, the team announced. Pocic had missed the last four weeks with a knee injury he suffered in Week 11 against the Bills.