Oct 24, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Carolina Panthers guard John Miller (67) is carted off the field after being injured at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers put OL John Miller (ankle) on IR

The Carolina Panthers placed starting right guard John Miller on injured reserve Tuesday with an ankle injury.

Miller, 28, started the past six games after missing Week 1 on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He’ll have to miss at least three games.

The Panthers also waived punter Ryan Winslow.

Miller was injured in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. He had to be carted to the locker room. He has started all 80 games he has played in for Buffalo (2015-18), Cincinnati (2019) and the Panthers.

The Panthers also released kicker Dominik Eberle from their practice squad and signed punter Lachlan Edwards to the 16-player squad. Edwards could be elevated to punt for the Panthers (3-4) in their Week 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons (3-3).

Winslow was averaging 38.6 yards per punt in two games with Carolina.

–Field Level Media

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

Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder (65) is assisted to a cart after he was injured during a fourth quarter play. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, October 10, 2021.  The Jaguars trailed at the half 24 to 13 and lost with a final score of 37-19. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jaguars put OL Brandon Linder (knee) on IR

The Jacksonville Jaguars put starting center Brandon Linder on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury.

Linder, 29, was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars’ loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. Linder got piled on in the aftermath of a fourth-and-goal run by Jags running back Carlos Hyde, which resulted in a 3-yard loss. Linder was clutching his right leg as the pile cleared.

Linder had played every snap of the season to that point. He has started all 84 games he has played for the Jags since being taken in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The team signed offensive lineman Rashaad Coward in a corresponding move. Coward, 26, spent the first four weeks of the season in Pittsburgh without appearing in a game. He previously played in 30 games (15 starts) in three seasons with the Chicago Bears.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (83) gestures after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Packers put WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) on IR

The Green Bay Packers put starting wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling on injured reserve Saturday.

Valdes-Scantling, 26, is dealing with a hamstring injury and will have to miss at least three games.

The team elevated WR Equanimeous St. Brown from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers are using the COVID-19 replacement option for St. Brown; defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Valdes-Scantling has six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown this season in three starts. He has 103 career receptions for 1,799 yards and 11 TDs in 51 games (35 starts), all for the Packers.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller (10) against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers WR Scotty Miller lands on IR with turf toe

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller was placed on injured reserve with turf toe on Wednesday.

The designation requires the speedy Tampa Bay deep threat to miss at least three weeks before he is eligible to rejoin the team.

Miller, a third-year pro, filled in for Antonio Brown in an extended role in Week 3. With Brown on the reserve/COVID list, Miller was targeted three times at Los Angeles and had two catches for 11 yards in the loss to the Rams last week before his injury.

Miller caught 33 passes for 501 yards and three touchdowns with the Bucs in 2020.

Tyler Johnson and Jaelon Darden would see more playing time at New England on Sunday night if Brown isn’t activated from the COVID list.

On the same day the team announced cornerback Richard Sherman signed a contract, the Buccaneers also opened the 21-day practice window for two players on short-term IR: offensive guard John Molchon and linebacker Cam Gill.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers cornerback Juston Burris (31) runs on to the field at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers put starting S Juston Burris (groin) on IR

The NFL’s top-ranked defense took another hit to its secondary Tuesday.

The Carolina Panthers put starting safety Juston Burris on injured reserve with a groin injury. He’ll have to miss at least three weeks before being eligible to return. The earliest he can return is Week 7.

In a corresponding move, the Panthers signed center Sam Tecklenburg from their practice squad. He had been promoted to the active roster for all three games, the limit.

Burris, 28, joins rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn and nickel Myles Hartsfield on injured reserve. The Panthers acquired cornerback CJ Henderson from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. Burris and Horn were injured during the team’s win over the Houston Texans in Week 3.

Burris had an interception and one pass defensed to go with 11 tackles in three games. He has six career interceptions.

Sean Chandler and Sam Franklin Jr. are expected to battle it out to replace Burris in the lineup.

The Panthers (3-0) lead the league in yards per game, giving up just 191.0, including a league-best 146.0 passing yards per game.

The team also signed cornerback Madre Harper to the practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Richard Rodgers (85) is carted off the field after suffering an injury against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Looser IR rules to return for 2021

Keeping a rule change first installed during the pandemic-ravaged 2020 season, NFL teams will be allowed to place an unlimited number of players on injured reserve during 2021 and those players will be eligible to return after a minimum of three games rather than eight.

NFL Network reported the update Tuesday, citing a league memo sent to the 32 clubs.

It is not clear if the NFL intends to keep the change long-term, but with the pandemic still active around the U.S., it chose to allow teams to have that flexibility for at least another season.

Normally, players placed on injured reserve cannot return from IR until they’ve missed at least six weeks’ worth of practice and eight weeks’ worth of games. Further, teams are usually allowed to activate only two players from IR during the course of a season, while any others must remain on IR for the rest of the season.

The league’s reserve/COVID-19 list remains separate from the standard injured reserve.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) is pressured by New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) in the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. The Jets defeated the Rams 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jets’ DL Williams to miss final two games of season

New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams will miss the final two games of the season with a neck injury and a concussion, coach Adam Gase said Wednesday.

The 23-year-old is expected to be placed on injured reserve.

Williams, in his second season, was a bright spot for the Jets (1-13) in an otherwise dismal season. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Williams has seven sacks, 55 tackles (10 for loss), 14 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles.

He left Sunday’s 23-20 win against the Los Angeles Rams with a head injury after he took a teammate’s knee to his helmet.

–Field Level Media

Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley (7) lays on the ground from an injury during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens put backup QB McSorley (knee) on IR

The Baltimore Ravens put backup quarterback Trace McSorley on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee sprain, leaving Lamar Jackson as the only QB on the active roster.

With Robert Griffin III (hamstring) already on IR, practice squad and undrafted rookie Tyler Huntley is next in line to back up Jackson, barring a pickup by the Ravens.

McSorley was hurt in Monday night’s epic win over the Cleveland Browns. McSorley came on for most of the fourth quarter when Jackson came down with cramps and was injured with two minutes remaining in the game when his knee buckled on a scramble.

The play set up a fourth-and-5.

Jackson returned to the field to replace McSorley for the fourth-down play and threw a touchdown pass to a wide-open Marquise Brown, who finished the 44-yard play to put Baltimore ahead with 1:51 left.

McSorley completed one pass for 13 yards on four attempts.

Also Tuesday, the Ravens activated wide receiver Dez Bryant from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Bryant is expected to practice and play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bryant tested positive on Dec. 8.

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media