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.

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Oct 4, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions nose tackle Danny Shelton (71) warms up before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Lions place CB Trufant, DT Shelton on IR

The Detroit Lions placed two defensive starters on injured reserve Wednesday, losing cornerback Desmond Trufant to a hamstring injury and defensive tackle Danny Shelton to a knee injury.

Trufant and Shelton left last Thursday’s 41-25 loss to the Houston Texans with injuries. They will each miss at least three games, making them eligible to return in Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trufant, 30, has 20 tackles, one sack and one interception in six starts in his first season with the Lions. He signed a two-year, $20 million contract with $14 million guaranteed in March.

A first-round draft pick in 2013 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2015, Trufant spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

Shelton, 27, has 36 tackles, four quarterback hits and one sack in 11 starts in his first season with Detroit. He inked a two-year, $8 million contract with $4 million guaranteed in March.

A first-round selection (12th overall) by Cleveland in 2015, Shelton played three seasons with the Browns (2015-17) and two with the New England Patriots (2018-19).

The Lions also announced that defensive end Julian Okwara and cornerback Darryl Roberts will be activated from IR and return to practice Wednesday.

The team signed defensive tackle Kevin Strong from the practice squad to the active roster and activated tight end Hunter Bryant from IR. Cornerback Alex Myres was signed to the practice squad.

The Lions (4-7) play the Bears (5-6) in Chicago on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets cornerback Brian Poole (34) makes a one-handed catch during practice before the game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK

Jets CB Poole to have season-ending shoulder surgery

The New York Jets announced Thursday that starting cornerback Brian Poole will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder.

The Jets put Poole on injured reserve Tuesday, the same day they released CB Pierre Desir.

Poole, 28, played in all nine games (seven starts) for the Jets. He left their Week 9 loss to the New England Patriots after just eight defensive snaps. He reportedly also suffered a knee injury in the game.

Pro Football Focus rated Poole as the seventh-best cornerback in the NFL with a 77.1 overall grade. He had two interceptions, seven passes defensed, 44 tackles – two for loss — and a sack on the season.

Poole started his career as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. He played in 47 games (21 starts) for the Falcons before joining the Jets in 2019. He has seven career INTs.

Poole signed a one-year, $5 million contract extension in March. He is set to become a free agent after this season.

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Sep 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Washington Football Team offensive tackle Geron Christian (74) blocks Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) as Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) passes during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Washington puts OT Christian (knee) on IR

The Washington Football Team put starting left tackle Geron Christian on injured reserve Thursday with a knee injury.

Christian has missed the past three games and will have to miss at least three more. The 24-year-old would be eligible to return Week 14 at San Francisco.

A third-round draft pick in 2018, Christian started the first six games, playing every snap. He has played in 24 games in his career, making eight starts.

Cornelius Lucas replaced Christian the past three weeks, but he left last week’s loss to the Detroit Lions with an ankle injury. Right tackle Morgan Moses replaced Lucas, and David Sharpe took Moses’ place on the line.

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Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) catches a pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Packers activate WR Lazard from IR

The Green Bay Packers activated wideout Allen Lazard off injured reserve on Tuesday.

Lazard missed the Packers’ last six games with a core-muscle injury that required surgery.

The team designated Lazard for return on Oct. 28, opening a 21-day practice window for the Packers to activate him. Wednesday was the deadline to activate the third-year player or have him be shut down for the rest of the season, by rule. Whether he’s actually ready to return this week against the Indianapolis Colts remains to be seen. Lazard did not practice last Friday.

Lazard takes one of the Packers’ two open roster spots with running back AJ Dillon and linebacker Krys Barnes still on COVID-19 reserve.

Lazard’s last game, in Week 3 against New Orleans, was a monster. With No. 1 wideout Davante Adams sidelined, Lazard caught six passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Lazard has 13 receptions for 254 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

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Nov 15, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) holds up a finger as he is carted off the field during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

McVay: Whitworth’s injury likely not season-ending

While Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth won’t be playing anytime soon because of a knee injury, coach Sean McVay is finding some relief that the 15-year veteran could return later this season.

Whitworth, who was injured in the second quarter of Los Angeles’ Sunday win and needed to be carted off the field, was diagnosed with a grade 3 MCL and PCL tear in his left knee, McVay said Monday. His ACL was said to be intact, however.

“We were all worried it was for sure going to be season-ending,” McVay said, “and that’s not going to be the case.”

McVay added Whitworth would be out “for a handful of time” and that the tackle was going on injured reserve with no certainty whether he would be out for six or eight weeks.

Whitworth was hurt in the Rams’ 23-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks when he banged into Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright and ended up on the ground. Rams quarterback Jared Goff was sacked on the play.

Whitworth spent his first 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Rams prior to the 2017 season. The two-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl selection has played all 16 games in a season 11 times and started 220 of his 224 games overall.

Whitworth’s spot on the line falls to Joe Noteboom, who is in his third season out of TCU. He has played in 25 games, including three this season. Noteboom started twice this year, and he filled in for Whitworth after the injury on Sunday.

The Rams are tied with the Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals at 6-3 atop the NFC West. Los Angeles plays at Tampa Bay next Monday night.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots guard Jermaine Eluemunor (72) is helped off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots activate OL Eluemunor from IR

New England right tackle Jermaine Eluemunor has been activated from injured reserve, but linebacker Shilique Calhoun was placed on it Saturday with a knee injury.

Eluemunor, who started four of the first five games before suffering an ankle injury against the Broncos on Oct. 18, had moved atop the depth chart at right tackle after Marcus Cannon opted out of playing this season.

Calhoun, who has 14 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles in eight games while also playing on special teams, will miss at least the next three games.

New England (3-5), which hosts the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) on Sunday night, also activated linebackers Terez Hall and Cassh Maluia to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.

The Patriots signed tight end Paul Quessenberry to the practice squad and released defensive lineman Nick Thurman, who made seven tackles in six games, including one start, this season.

Running back Sony Michel (quadriceps) wasn’t activated from IR after he was eligible to return for a second straight week.

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Sep 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard (42) reacts after making an interception during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars activate K McLaughlin, S Wingard

The Jacksonville Jaguars made six roster moves Saturday, including promoting four players from their practice squad.

The Jags (1-7) activated kicker Chase McLaughlin from the commissioner’s permission list and safety Andrew Wingard from injured reserve ahead of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers (6-2).

Linebacker Joe Giles-Harris was activated from the practice squad to replace Dakota Allen (ankle), who was ruled out for the game, while receiver Terry Godwin will replace Laviska Shenault Jr., out with an injured hamstring.

Offensive lineman KC McDermott and safety Doug Middleton were also promoted from the practice squad. Starting center Brandon Linder (back) was ruled out and won’t make the trip.

The return of Wingard, who started three games before going on IR ahead of the team’s Week 6 game, was expected. He has 25 tackles and an interception.

McLaughlin replaces Josh Lambo, who is out for the season with a gluteus medius injury. McLaughlin has connected on 18 of 23 on field goals and made all 26 of his extra points in his career. The second-year player has spent time with the Colts, Chargers and 49ers.

Giles-Harris, who joined the team last season as an undrafted free agent, was activated for five games last season, playing mainly on special teams. As for Godwin, this marks the first time he has been elevated from the practice squad since joining the team last year.

McDermott will be on the active roster for the third time this season after playing on special teams against the Dolphins and Bengals. Middleton will be on the active roster for the fourth time, as he saw action against the Bengals, Chargers and Texans.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans running back David Johnson (31) runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans place RB David Johnson (concussion) on IR

The Houston Texans placed leading rusher David Johnson on injured reserve as he continues to recover from a concussion sustained last weekend in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The injury occurred when he was hit on a third-and-3 play with 9:58 left in the first quarter. A pass from Deshaun Watson intended for Johnson fell incomplete and he was slow to get to his feet.

In eight games this season, Johnson leads the Texans with 408 yards rushing, and he’s added three scores. Watson is second in rushing with 197 yards.

Johnson, 28, also has caught 16 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown.

Duke Johnson is expected to start at running back when the Texans (2-6) meet the Browns (5-3) in Cleveland.

In other transactions, the Texans moved inside linebacker Dylan Cole, who has a back injury, to injured reserve and signed running back C.J. Prosise from the practice squad to the active roster.

They also activated safety A.J. Moore Jr. from reserve/injured and elevated linebacker Nate Hall (COVID-19 replacement), defensive tackle Corey Liuget and offensive lineman Greg Mancz from the practice squad.

Players on injured reserve must sit out at least three weeks.

–Field Level Media