Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson (12) stretches for a pass before it lands incomplete under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple (20) in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 56 between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The Rams came back in the final minutes of the game to win 23-20 on their home field.

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Rams place WR Van Jefferson (knee) on IR

The Los Angeles Rams placed wide receiver Van Jefferson on injured reserve Saturday as his recovery from two offseason surgeries continues.

He already had been ruled out for Sunday’s Week 3 road game against the Arizona Cardinals. The IR stint delays his potential season debut until after the Rams’ Week 7 bye week.

Jefferson, 26, appeared in all 33 games in his first two NFL seasons, including 17 starts in 2021, and caught 69 passes for 1,022 yards and seven touchdowns.

His most recent surgery came on Aug. 2 after tweaking his knee injury during training camp. He has not returned to the practice field.

The Rams also signed defensive back Grant Haley to the active roster and activated wide receiver Jacob Harris from the practice squad. Los Angeles signed linebacker Keir Thomas to the practice squad.

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (11) stiff arms Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson (4) while picking  up 14 yards on a reception during the fourth quarter of their game Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 27-10.

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Packers place WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) on IR

The Green Bay Packers placed wide receiver Sammy Watkins on injured reserve Saturday with a hamstring injury.

Watkins had already been ruled out for Sunday’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will be eligible to return from IR after missing a minimum of four games.

Watkins, 29, leads the Packers (1-1) with 111 yards on six receptions through two games.

He has 354 catches for 5,170 yards and 34 touchdowns in 101 games with the Buffalo Bills (2014-16), Los Angeles Rams (2017), Kansas City Chiefs (2018-20), Baltimore Ravens (2021) and Packers.

Green Bay elevated wide receiver Juwann Winfree and running back Patrick Taylor from the practice squad for the meeting with the Buccaneers (2-0).

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Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Atlanta Falcons inside linebacker Deion Jones (45) prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons place LB Deion Jones, 4 others on IR

The Atlanta Falcons placed starting linebacker Deion Jones and four others on injured reserve Thursday.

Cornerback Isaiah Oliver, defensive lineman Marlon Davidson, offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield and tight end John FitzPatrick will also miss at least the first four games of the season.

Jones, 27, is the Falcons’ highest-paid player with a base salary of $9.64 million and a cap hit of $20 million this season, per Spotrac. He signed a four-year, $57 million extension in July 2019.

Jones had offseason shoulder surgery and was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 24.

Jones recorded 137 tackles and two sacks in 16 starts last season. He has posted 652 tackles, 11 interceptions and 8.5 sacks in 85 games (83 starts) since the Falcons drafted him in the second round in 2016. He made the Pro Bowl in 2017.

In corresponding moves, Atlanta restocked its 53-man roster by re-signing defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson, linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski and offensive lineman Colby Gossett, and claiming offensive tackle Chuma Edoga and defensive tackle Matt Dickerson off waivers.

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Jul 29, 2022; Lake Forest, IL, USA;  Chicago Bears wide receiver N'Keal Harry (8) catches a pass during training camp at PNC Center at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Bears place WR N’Keal Harry (ankle) on injured reserve

As expected, the Chicago Bears placed WR N’Keal Harry on injured reserve as he recovers from surgery to repair a high-ankle sprain.

Harry, 24, was injured Aug. 6 during a training camp practice. With his placement on IR, he will be eligible to return in Week 5 when the Bears visit the Minnesota Vikings.

The 2019 first-round pick was traded to the Bears from the New England Patriots in July in return for a seventh-round pick in 2024.

Harry hauled in just 57 catches for 598 yards and four TDs in three seasons with New England.

Also Thursday, the Bears signed offensive lineman Kellen Diesch and linebacker Joe Thomas to the practice squad.

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Oct 3, 2021; Foxboro, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman (5) and linebacker Devin White (45) and offensive tackle Donovan Smith (76) celebrate a turnover against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers activate CB Richard Sherman from IR

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated cornerback Richard Sherman on Friday, clearing him to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

They also activated long snapper Zach Triner from the reserve/COVID-10 list.

Sherman was designated to return on Wednesday.

The veteran Sherman is three-time All-Pro at cornerback. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said on Monday that Sherman would begin crosstraining at safety upon his return to practice.

Sherman sustained a calf injury while warming up for a game against the Washington Football Team on Nov. 14. That day, he was set to make his fourth start since joining the team in late September.

The 33-year-old Stanford product has appeared in 142 career games (136 starts) in 10-plus seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Buccaneers. He has 495 tackles, 36 interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.

On the season, Sherman has 11 tackles and one fumble recovery for four yards.

Also, safety Jordan Whitehead (calf) was ruled out Friday and will miss his second straight game.

The Buccaneers (9-3) could clinch a playoff spot — or even the NFC South division title — with a win against the Bills (7-5) and some help from other teams.

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Nov 14, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Dan Arnold (85) celebrates the two point conversion in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars TE Dan Arnold going on IR with MCL sprain

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Dan Arnold is headed to injured reserve with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

NFL Network reported it’s a grade 2 sprain that is likely to sideline Arnold for four to six weeks, which could end his season. He’ll have to miss at least three games with the IR stint.

The Jags (2-9) have six games remaining.

Arnold, 26, was injured in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to Atlanta while fighting for extra yards on what was a 9-yard catch. He left the game and did not return. He has 28 catches for 324 yards in eight games in Jacksonville.

Arnold was traded to the Jags from Carolina on Sept. 27. He has 35 catches for 408 yards overall on the season.

He has 86 career catches for 1,123 yards and seven touchdowns for four teams.

James O’Shaughnessy is expected to take over as the starter. He has 10 catches for 101 yards in three games this season. He had just come off IR.

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Oct 24, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Darrynton Evans (32) runs for a short gain during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans RB Darrynton Evans back on IR, season over

The Tennessee Titans on Friday placed running back Darrynton Evans on injured reserve for a second time this season.

The move ends the 2021 campaign for Evans, who is nursing a knee injury.

Evans, 23, sat out the team’s first six games with a knee injury before being activated ahead of Tennessee’s 27-3 romp of the Kansas City Chiefs. He had two rushes for seven yards and two receptions for 11 yards on Sunday. He also participated in two plays on special teams.

Evans has 16 carries for 61 yards and four receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown in six career games. He was selected by the Titans in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Appalachian State.

Running back Jeremy McNichols serves as the primary backup to star Derrick Henry for the Titans (5-2), who visit the Indianapolis Colts (3-4) on Sunday.

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Sep 19, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) motions in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings place CB Patrick Peterson on injured reserve

The Minnesota Vikings placed eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson on injured reserve Monday with a hamstring issue.

Peterson will miss the team’s next three games as a result of the move, but the injury is not expected to be season-ending. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed the hamstring injury Monday.

Peterson dealt with what was labeled as cramping issues during the fourth quarter of the Vikings’ 34-28 overtime victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. He was replaced by Cameron Dantzler.

“Patrick has played really well and we’ll miss him for sure,” Zimmer said. “But Dantzler has done decent and so has (Bashaud) Breeland.”

Peterson, 31, recorded 13 tackles and two passes defensed in six games this season, his first with Minnesota.

Peterson has 512 tackles, 28 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries in 160 career starts with the Arizona Cardinals and Vikings.

The Vikings also added tackle Blake Brandel from the practice squad.

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Oct 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) returns to the sideline following a series against the Los Angeles Rams the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson headed to injured reserve

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said quarterback Russell Wilson would be placed on injured reserve with a finger injury.

During last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams Oct. 7, Wilson suffered a ruptured tendon and a fracture-dislocation of the middle finger on his throwing hand. He had surgery the following day, with a reported timetable of four to eight weeks to return.

“That’s what’s coming up, yeah,” Carroll said Friday when asked whether the team was planning to move Wilson to IR.

Players on IR must sit out a minimum of three weeks. Wilson will miss the Seahawks’ games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars. Then Seattle has a bye week, meaning the earliest Wilson can return to the field would be a Week 10 matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Wilson, 32, has not missed a game since entering the league in 2012. His ironman streak of 149 consecutive games officially will end Sunday when Seattle faces Pittsburgh. Geno Smith has been tapped to start in Wilson’s absence.

Starting running back Chris Carson (neck) was ruled out for the second straight game after not practicing all week. Carroll said the Seahawks were still considering whether Carson would need to be moved to IR.

Alex Collins started in Carson’s place last week and is likely to get the majority of the work in Week 6.

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Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) hands off to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs put RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on IR

The Kansas City Chiefs put running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on injured reserve Tuesday with a sprained MCL in his knee.

The move was expected for Edwards-Helaire, who likely will be sidelined for a few weeks. He’ll have to miss at least three games by virtue of the move.

Edwards-Helaire exited Sunday night’s 38-20 home loss to the Buffalo Bills in the third quarter after being tackled at the end of an 11-yard reception.

Teammates helped him off the field and he was taken to the locker room, where he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.

Edwards-Helaire, 22, finished the game with seven carries for 13 yards and the one reception. In five starts this year, he has rushed for 304 yards and no touchdowns and has eight receptions for 61 yards and two scores.

A first-round pick in 2020 out of LSU, Edwards-Helaire gained 1,100 yards from scrimmage (803 rushing, 297 receiving) and scored five TDs (four rushing, one receiving) in 13 games as a rookie.

Darrel Williams would be in line for more carries on Sunday when the Chiefs (2-3) visit the Washington Football Team (2-3).

–Field Level Media