Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) rushes against New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets S Marcus Maye out 3-4 weeks with ankle injury

New York Jets safety Marcus Maye did not practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, and NFL Network and ESPN reported that he was likely to miss three to four weeks.

Maye’s appearance on the injury report was a surprise. He has played 100 percent of the Jets’ defensive snaps this season.

Maye, 28, is playing on the franchise tag in his fifth season in the NFL. Originally a second-round pick in 2017 — the same year the Jets selected safety Jamal Adams in the first round — Maye turned into one of the most important players on that side of the ball for New York, especially after the Jets traded Adams to Seattle last year.

Maye has recorded 23 tackles, one sack and one pass deflection in three starts this season. In 57 career games (all starts), he has six interceptions and 289 tackles.

The Jets (0-3) were already missing Lamarcus Joyner, signed in the offseason to start at the opposite safety position. Joyner tore a tendon in his arm in the season opener against the Carolina Panthers. Another free-agent addition, pass-rusher Carl Lawson, tore his Achilles during a joint practice with Green Bay during training camp.

The Maye news landed the same day that Jets wide receiver Jeff Smith sustained a concussion in a car accident while driving to the team facility in New Jersey.

–Field Level Media

Saints' Michael Thomas (13) makes a reception over Eagles' Darius Slay (24) Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 in Philadelphia. The Eagles won 24-21.

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Reports: Michael Thomas joining Saints for preseason game

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas will be on the sideline Saturday when his team visits the Baltimore Ravens for a preseason game, multiple media outlets reported.

Thomas will not be playing in the contest after undergoing ankle surgery in June, yet reports earlier in the week underscored discord between the player and team before he showed up for mandatory minicamp.

Earlier this week, Thomas took to social media to accuse the Saints of trying to damage his reputation over his ankle injury.

Thomas’ tweet on Monday came two days after The Times-Picayune reported that Saints’ officials were displeased with Thomas for his decision to elect rehab over surgery until June. Further, Thomas reportedly ignored offseason calls from the Saints checking in on his progress with rehab.

Thomas injured the ankle in Week 1 of the 2020 season and played in just seven games, finishing with 40 catches for 438 yards and no touchdowns.

Thomas, 28, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He set the league’s single-season record in 2019 with 149 receptions for a league-best 1,725 yards.

Thomas signed a five-year, $96.3-million contract extension in 2019. He is due to earn $12.6 million in 2021 between base salary and a restructured bonus.

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Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) holds on to the ball while being tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24)  during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Saints in ‘wait and see’ mode with WR Michael Thomas

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is set to test his injured ankle in practice on Wednesday, opening the possibility he will play in Sunday’s NFC wildcard game against the Chicago Bears.

Head coach Sean Payton plans a cautious approach with Thomas, with the expectation he will be limited to side work with trainers for at least the first two practices this week.

Thomas was placed on injured reserve to allow his high ankle sprain to heal. The ankle has been problematic since midseason for Thomas, a 2019 All-Pro who had 149 receptions a year ago.

Thomas had 40 receptions in 2020.

“Currently he’s still on reserve-injured. I know he’s been working at it. But we’ll get a better feel this week how he’s progressing,” Payton said Wednesday.

The Saints are 9.5-point favorites over the visiting Bears in a rematch of their Nov. 2 overtime game at Soldier Field. The Saints won that game, 26-23, but blew a 10-point lead.

Thomas did not play in that game and last took the field Dec. 13.

His long reception this season was just 24 yards. Last season, he had at least a 24-yard gain in 12 games, including the wildcard loss to the Vikings.

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Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) is unable to control the ball as Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye (21) defends in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Saints WR Thomas (ankle) sits out again

Wide receiver Michael Thomas missed a second consecutive practice Thursday due to an ankle injury.

New Orleans faces the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Thomas missed six games with an ankle injury suffered in Week 1. He also had a quadriceps strain and was suspended for one game by the team.

The Saints are also contemplating activating quarterback Drew Brees for Sunday’s game. Brees has missed four games with multiple rib fractures. Without him, New Orleans is 3-1 and Taysom Hill has accounted for 1,043 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns.

Head coach Sean Payton said Brees is limited but could be ready by Sunday.

“It’s just functionality, strength, throwing without soreness. There’s a process. Last week with the trainers he had one throwing day, and yesterday the same way,” Payton said.

Thomas could still play in Sunday’s game. He has 40 receptions this season after recording 149 catches for 1,725 yards in 2019.

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Nov 15, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bills designate WR Brown for return from IR

Buffalo Bills wideout John Brown will return to practice this week after a high-ankle sprain knocked him out of the past three games.

The Bills designated Brown for return from injured reserve on Tuesday.

Brown, 30, suffered the injury in a Week 10 loss at Arizona.

In eight games (seven starts) this season, Brown has 29 catches for 386 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His production is down from last season, when he had 72 catches for 1,060 yards and six touchdowns.

The AFC East-leading Bills (10-3) are riding a three-game winning streak as they prepare to visit the Denver Broncos (5-8) on Sunday.

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October 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) is tackled by Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) and strong safety Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Mostert (ankle) out against Saints

San Francisco running back Raheem Mostert will miss Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, as he’ll remain on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday.

Mostert could return as early as Nov. 29, when the 49ers travel to play the Rams in Los Angeles. The 49ers have a bye next week.

Mostert landed on IR after suffering his injury in Week 6 against the Rams. The injury halted what had been a stellar start to the season for Mostert, who had 453 yards, including 303 rushing, and two touchdowns.

With Tevin Coleman (knee) also expected to miss this week, Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty will likely continue to split time in the backfield until Mostert’s return.

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September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake (41) during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cardinals RB Drake needs MRI on ankle

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake is scheduled for an MRI exam on Monday to determine the extent of his ankle injury after X-rays were negative, NFL Network reported Monday.

Drake was carted off the field in the fourth quarter Sunday night. The Cardinals have a bye in Week 8.

Chase Edmonds replaced Drake on Sunday and had 145 total yards on just 12 touches against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Cardinals could look to the trade market for help at the position. Drake, 26, was acquired from the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28, 2019, for a conditional draft pick. He is playing on the one-year franchise tender after the sides failed to reach a long-term agreement.

In 15 games with the Cardinals, Drake has 1,155 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) injured his ankle in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook -USA TODAY Sports

Saints WR Thomas dealing with ankle injury

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s 34-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Thomas caught three passes for 17 yards in Week 1 and is planning to play through the injury, according to NFL Network.

Thomas led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards in 2019, setting a single-season record with 149 grabs.

The Saints have an extra rest day this week before playing the Las Vegas Raiders on “Monday Night Football.”

Thomas, 27, likely will not test his ankle on the practice field until late in the week. The Saints first hold a formal practice on Thursday, at which time head coach Sean Payton is obligated by NFL rules to provide an estimation of Thomas’ health.

If Thomas cannot play, the Saints could use veteran Emmanuel Sanders outside and adjust the depth chart behind him. Sanders caught a touchdown pass from Drew Brees in his Saints debut on Sunday.

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Nov 28, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (88) gets injured during a tackle by Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Lions’ Hockenson says he’s ready for season post-injury

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson said he still feels the effects of last season’s ankle injury but declared himself ready for his second campaign in the NFL.

Hockenson’s rookie season came to an end after he was placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury he sustained during the fourth quarter of the Lions’ 24-20 loss to the Chicago Bears last Thanksgiving Day.

Now, the 23-year-old is participating in practices after coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list.

“Yeah, I’m out there running around. I’m doing everything I was able to do last year, just trying to improve on it,” Hockenson said, per MLive. “The ankle is still there, I still notice it, but I’m getting there. I’m 100%.

“I think that’s one of the things I’m trying to keep using. Sometimes guys, after an injury, come back and baby that. That’s not something I want to do. That’s not something I even want to pay attention to, that’s what I’m getting towards and kind of where I’m at, at this point. I’m super excited for this year. I’m ready to go, out there running around and we’re all just trying to push forward.”

Hockenson, who was the eighth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, erupted for six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in Detroit’s 27-27 season-opening tie against Arizona on Sept. 8. He added just 26 more receptions and 236 more yards and another score over his next 11 games.

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Nov 28, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (88) gets injured during a tackle by Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Lions’ Hockenson says he’s ready for season post-injury

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson said he still feels the effects of last season’s ankle injury but declared himself ready for his second campaign in the NFL.

Hockenson’s rookie season came to an end after he was placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury he sustained during the fourth quarter of the Lions’ 24-20 loss to the Chicago Bears last Thanksgiving Day.

Now, the 23-year-old is participating in practices after coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list.

“Yeah, I’m out there running around. I’m doing everything I was able to do last year, just trying to improve on it,” Hockenson said, per MLive. “The ankle is still there, I still notice it, but I’m getting there. I’m 100%.

“I think that’s one of the things I’m trying to keep using. Sometimes guys, after an injury, come back and baby that. That’s not something I want to do. That’s not something I even want to pay attention to, that’s what I’m getting towards and kind of where I’m at, at this point. I’m super excited for this year. I’m ready to go, out there running around and we’re all just trying to push forward.”

Hockenson, who was the eighth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, erupted for six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in Detroit’s 27-27 season-opening tie against Arizona on Sept. 8. He added just 26 more receptions and 236 more yards and another score over his next 11 games.

–Field Level Media