Sep 18, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Jamaal Williams (21) runs against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints RB Jamaal Williams to return vs. Jaguars

New Orleans Saints running back Jamaal Williams will be activated from injured reserve and is expected to play in Thursday’s game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL Network reported.

Williams, who is listed as questionable for the game, has been idle since sustaining a hamstring injury late in the first half of a 20-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sept 18.

Selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Williams spent four seasons with the Packers and two with the Detroit Lions. He rushed for 1,066 yards and a career-best and league-high 17 touchdowns in 2022.

Williams, 28, signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Saints in March. He has rushed 27 times for 74 yards in two games this season.

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Sep 18, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Jamaal Williams (21) runs against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints place RB Jamaal Williams on IR

New Orleans Saints running back Jamaal Williams was placed on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Williams, 28, left Monday night’s win against the Carolina Panthers late in the first half with a hamstring injury and missed Wednesday’s practice. He is required to miss at least four games.

Drafted out of BYU in the fourth round (134th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft by Green Bay, Williams spent four seasons with the Packers before signing with the Detroit Lions for two years, where he scored 17 rushing touchdowns in 2022, a career- and league-high mark.

This offseason, he signed a three-year deal with the Saints worth $12 million.

He started both games this season, finishing with 74 yards on 27 carries, including 29 yards on nine carries before leaving Monday’s game.

When the Saints face Williams’ old team, the Packers, on Sunday in Green Bay, they’ll still be without running back Alvin Kamara, who will miss one more game on a suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Tony Jones Jr. and Kendre Miller are expected to be the running backs on Sunday.

The team also announced that cornerback Paulson Adebo (hamstring) and tight end Foster Moreau (ankle) have been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. Safety Johnathan Abram and defensive back Cameron Dantzler Sr. were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.

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Aug 27, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) hands the ball off to running back Kendre Miller (25) against the Houston Texans during the first half at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Kendre Miller likely to start in NFL debut at Lambeau

Running back Jamaal Williams won’t be on the field for the Saints for his return to Green Bay this weekend.

Williams is dealing with a hamstring strain and head coach Dennis Allen said the injury could take “some time” to heal. Williams logged 18 snaps Monday at Carolina before leaving the game. He averaged 2.7 yards per carry in the first two games of the season with Miller (hamstring) inactive and starter Alvin Kamara serving a three-game suspension.

Miller would be making his NFL debut at Lambeau Field after gaining 49 yards on 22 carries in the preseason. He also caught seven passes for 47 yards.

The Saints are averaging 3.4 yards per carry as a team, with quarterback/tight end Taysom Hill leading the team with 79 yards on 12 carries.

Green Bay has allowed 333 rushing yards — and 4.5 yards per carry — in two games.

Miller, a rookie drafted in the third round out of TCU, was held out of Monday’s game due to limited practice reps. Allen said he’ll be “full go” at Green Bay.

The Packers drafted Williams in the fourth round in 2017. He spent four seasons with Green Bay before joining the Lions in 2021 and rushing for 1,667 yards and 20 touchdowns in 30 games.

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Nov 25, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: RB dominoes fall with David Montgomery leaving Bears for Lions

Bears running back David Montgomery is headed north to join NFC North rival Detroit, reportedly agreeing to a three-year, $18 million deal on Tuesday night with the Lions.

The signing comes as reports indicated Lions free agent Jamaal Williams is engaged with other teams, including the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, after widely being expected to return to Detroit.

ESPN reported Montgomery, 25, will receive $11 million guaranteed as part of the deal.

A third-round pick in 2019, Montgomery has 3,609 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns over the last four seasons.

Chicago could turn to the draft to restock at the position, and top prospect Bijan Robinson (Texas) is projected to be a top-15 pick. The Bears pick at No. 9 following a trade with the Carolina Panthers.

Williams, who rushed for 1,066 yards with 17 touchdowns in 2022, was also connected to the Panthers this week. Joining Carolina would reunite Williams with running backs coach Duce Staley.

The Bears reportedly responded by agreeing to a two-year deal with former Seattle Seahawks running back Travis Homer, according to his agent, Spencer Cannold. Khalil Herbert carried the load as the lead back for the Bears while Montgomery was sidelined due to injury last season.

Herbert has 232 carries for 1,164 yards and six TDs in two seasons.

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Jan 8, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Quay Walker (7) leaves the field after he was ejected from the game against the Detroit Lions during their football gam at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/Appleton Post-Crescent via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers’ Quay Walker fined for shoving trainer

The NFL fined Green Bay Packers rookie linebacker Quay Walker $13,261 for shoving a member of the Detroit Lions’ medical staff during the teams’ regular-season finale, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

Walker was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct with 7:24 left in the Packers’ 20-16 loss on Sunday after he shoved Dr. T. Sean Lynch, a Lions physician, who was attending to injured running back D’Andre Swift.

It’s the second time this season Walker has been ejected. His first came on Oct. 30 when he shoved a non-uniformed player on the Buffalo Bills sideline. Walker is the only player since 2000 to get kicked out of multiple games in a season, according to ESPN.

–The NFL fined Lions running back Jamaal Williams $18,566 for his touchdown celebrations in a Week 18 win at Green Bay, according to multiple media reports.

Williams had 16 carries for 72 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-16 win that knocked the Packers from playoff contention. He was not penalized for his hip-moving celebrations during the game.

He also had been fined $13,315.25 for a celebratory dance in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Williams, 27, was a fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in 2017 and spent the past two seasons with Detroit. This season, he had 262 carries for 1,066 yards and 17 TDs.

–The league fined Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was fined $13,261 for his coin-flip celebration in the regular-season finale, per multiple media outlets.

Mixon took a quarter from his glove and flipped it after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

The move caught the eye of the NFL, which does not allow props in touchdown celebrations.

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Sep 25, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (32) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jonathan Bullard (93) during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Lions RB D’Andre Swift likely out again in Week 5

Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift likely will be ruled out for a second consecutive game on Sunday with ankle and shoulder injuries, ESPN reported Thursday.

Swift, 23, did not participate in practice Wednesday. He hurt the shoulder in Detroit’s 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.

With a bye coming in Week 6, Swift can continue healing and be ready for Week 7, per the report. The Lions will face the Dallas Cowboys on the road on Oct. 23.

Swift was off to a hot start, rushing for 231 yards at a clip of 8.6 yards per carry in the first three games, with a touchdown. He also had eight catches for 77 yards and a score.

Jamaal Williams would continue as the starting running back in Swift’s place. He leads the NFL with six rushing touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards and two TDs last week in a 48-45 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Lions (1-3) travel to New England (1-3) on Sunday.

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Sep 25, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (32) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jonathan Bullard (93) during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Lions RB D’Andre Swift (shoulder) misses practice

Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday and is trending down to play in Week 4.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Wednesday that Swift would have to feel “significantly better” to play Sunday against the visiting Seattle Seahawks. Swift, who is considered week-to-week, is expected to miss time.

Swift hurt the shoulder in Detroit’s 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.

Campbell said he’s contemplating giving Swift time off with two games before a bye week. That would push Swift’s return to Week 7, after games against the Seahawks and at the New England Patriots on Oct. 9 as well as the scheduled Week 6 bye.

Jamaal Williams stepped into the lead role last season when Swift sustained a shoulder sprain in December.

Williams had 20 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns this past Sunday against the Vikings. He leads the team with four rushing TDs.

Swift is averaging 8.6 yards per carry in three starts this season, totaling 231 yards, good for eighth in the NFL.

Williams has a team-leading 43 carries for 168 yards.

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Nov 25, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (32) stands on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Lions RB D’Andre Swift (shoulder) ruled out vs. Vikings

Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift on Friday was ruled out of this weekend’s game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings due to his right shoulder injury.

Swift was injured on a hard tackle by Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith in the second quarter of Detroit’s 16-14 loss on Thanksgiving Day.

“Right now, I feel like he’s maybe a week away. I’m hoping that, as a matter of fact,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said on Friday. “He’s still pretty sore, but he’s getting better, he’s improving, but we’ll see where it goes.”

Swift, 22, carried just three times for no yards and caught three passes for nine yards against the Bears.

The second-year back leads the team with 984 yards from scrimmage (555 rushing, 429 receiving). He has six touchdowns in 11 games this season for the Lions (0-10-1), who host the Vikings (5-6) on Sunday.

Jamaal Williams is expected to receive the bulk of the carries in Swift’s absence.

Williams has rushed for 388 yards and two touchdowns this season.

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