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  • Report: Steelers RB Conner, assistant coach test positive for virus
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner and an unidentified assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network reported on Saturday.

    • Per the report, Conner is awaiting a second test on Sunday to confirm the results. He is a cancer survivor -- a group that the medical community has said could be at increased risk for complications from the virus.

      The report comes on the heels of the Steelers placing defensive end Stephon Tuitt, defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs and offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

      It also comes after the NFL moved the initially scheduled game between the Steelers (10-0) and the visiting Baltimore Ravens (6-4) from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon to now Tuesday night. NBC will televise the game, set for 8 p.m. ET.

      The moves have been necessitated because of an outbreak of COVID-19 among the Ravens.

      If this game occurs as now planned on Tuesday, the NFL will move the Ravens' Week 13 game as well.

      "Should the game be played on Tuesday, the Week 13 Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens game, originally scheduled for Thursday, December 3, will be moved to Monday, December 7, at 5:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on FOX/NFL Network/Amazon," the league said in a statement.

      "These decisions were made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts."

      The Steelers remain set to host the Washington Football Team in Week 13 on Dec. 6.

      The Steelers earlier saw their game against the Tennessee Titans rescheduled because of an outbreak affecting the Tennessee team. That moved forced the Steelers to have a Week 4 bye and gave them games in 13 straight weeks to end the season. Pittsburgh hoped to play on Thanksgiving to have the weekend off.

      Conner, 25, leads the Steelers in carries (145), rushing yards (645) and rushing touchdowns (five). He also has 25 catches for 145 yards.

      --Field Level Media

  • WR Bryant signed to Ravens' 53-man roster
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Dez Bryant signed a contract with the Baltimore Ravens, becoming a member of the 53-man roster.

    • He shared the news on social media on Saturday.

      "Officially signed to the 53... beyond thankful," wrote Bryant, who posted a photo of him smiling, his contract on a table in front of him.

      The Ravens added Bryant to their practice squad in late October. Since then, he's been elevated to the team as a fill-in for two games.

      Bryant, 32, was a big part of the game plan for the Ravens in their 30-24 loss to the Tennessee Titans last weekend. He played 54 percent of the team's snaps and caught four passes for 28 yards.

      The three-time Pro Bowl selection tore his right Achilles tendon two days after signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints in November 2018.

      Prior to signing with the Saints, Bryant reportedly turned down a multi-year offer from Baltimore in April 2018 after the Dallas Cowboys released him.

      The Cowboys selected Bryant with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he spent eight seasons there. He caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and a franchise-best 73 touchdown receptions in 113 games in Dallas.

      The Ravens (6-4) are scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) on Tuesday night in a game twice delayed by a coronavirus outbreak among the Ravens.

      --Field Level Media

  • Colts RB Taylor placed on COVID-19 list, out vs. Titans
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday and ruled out against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced.

    • Also on Saturday, the Colts downgraded center Ryan Kelly (neck) to out and cornerback Isaiah Rodgers (knee) to questionable.

      Taylor leads the team in carries (135), rushing yards (518) and rushing touchdowns (four). He also has 26 catches for 227 yards in 10 games this season for Indianapolis.

      Fellow running back Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines are expected to handle the rushing duties for the Colts (7-3), who are looking defeat the Titans (7-3) for the second time this month. Indianapolis posted a 34-17 win over Tennessee on Nov. 12.

      Defensive end Cassius Marsh and center Joey Hunt were elevated for COVID-19 roster spot fill-ins on Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Eagles Pederson: TE Ertz unlikely to play vs. Seahawks
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is unlikely to return to action for Monday's game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, coach Doug Pederson announced.

    • Pederson added on Saturday morning that there was "no setback" involving Ertz, who has been sidelined since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Philadelphia's 30-28 loss to Baltimore on Oct. 18. Ertz was designated to return from injured reserve last week.

      Also on Saturday, Pederson confirmed that Jason Peters will move to right guard and Jordan Mailata to left tackle. The decision comes on the heels of offensive tackle Lane Johnson announcing on Friday that his ankle essentially has collapsed.

      A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Ertz has recorded 24 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown in six games this season. His average of 7.4 yards per catch serves as a career low.

      Ertz has 549 receptions for 5,921 yards with 36 touchdowns in 112 career games since being selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

      Tight ends Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers will continue to hand the workload on Monday as the Eagles (3-6-1) host the Seahawks (7-3).

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL issues facilities closure for Monday, Tuesday
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    The NFL is taking drastic steps to try to halt the impact of COVID-19 on its already battered schedule.

    • According to a league-wide memo distributed Friday, all team facilities will be closed to in-person activities on Monday and Tuesday, ESPN and NFL.com reported.

      The facility lockout does not apply to teams scheduled to play on either Monday or Tuesday, and the Sunday slate is also unaffected.

      Citing a spike in COVID-19 cases across the nation, and the possibility of an influx of exposure resulting from the holiday weekend, the NFL is trying to stop more issues from arising. Both NFL.com and ESPN reported that the NFL is taking the step "understanding that a number of players and staff celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests" as a reason for the closure.

      The Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams, Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals were among the teams that saw a rise in COVID-19-related issues Friday, according to NFL.com.

      The NFL Players Association also told players to let teams know if they had guests in for the holiday for the purpose of additional testing when facilities reopen.

      All team activities will be conducted in a virtual environment Monday and Tuesday except for medical treatment and rehab.

      COVID-19 issues forced the Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers game, originally set for Thanksgiving but pushed back to Sunday, to be rescheduled another time. The teams are now due to meet Tuesday.

      --Field Level Media

  • 49ers ready to active CB Sherman, RB Mostert
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    The San Francisco 49ers will add cornerback Richard Sherman and running backs Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. to the active roster on Saturday, coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday.

    • All three players are currently on injured reserve. Sherman sustained a calf injury in Week 1 while Mostert and Wilson are both sidelined with ankle injuries.

      "We'll get them on the roster tomorrow," Shanahan said of the trio amid the hope they can play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. "They got better each day, we'll put them on the active roster and they'll be questionable going into the game."

      Mostert, a postseason force as the 49ers reached the Super Bowl last season, leads the team with 303 rushing yards despite playing in just four games.

      Another dose of good news is that receiver Deebo Samuel (hamstring) will be back on the field. He has missed the past three games but practiced in full on Friday.

      San Francisco ruled out four players: running back Tevin Coleman (knee), guard Tom Compton (concussion), linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring) and cornerback K'Waun Williams (ankle).

      Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday and is listed as questionable. Linebackers Dre Greenlaw and Azeez Al-Shaair and tight end Jordan Reed are all listed as questionable due to illness.

      Offensive tackle Trent Williams could be removed from the COVID-19 list prior to Sunday's game. Shanahan termed it as an "outside chance."

      --Field Level Media

  • Bengals RB Bernard (concussion) questionable for Sunday
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    The Cincinnati Bengals may be shorthanded at the running back position Sunday as starter Giovani Bernard was listed as questionable on Friday due to a concussion.

    • Bernard did have a full practice Friday. Head coach Zac Taylor seemed confident that the veteran back would be well enough to play Sunday when the Giants take on the New York Giants.

      Bernard has been the starter at running back for Cincinnati since Joe Mixon went down with a foot injury on Oct. 18.

      This season, Bernard has played in all 10 games for Cincinnati, starting four. He has rushed for 191 yards and two scores for the Bengals (2-7-1).

      In a Week 11 loss to the Washington Football Team, Bernard was held to just 18 yards rushing on nine carries in a 20-9 setback.

      The concussion was first reported by the team on Wednesday. If Bernard cannot go, the club likely turn to third-string running back Samaje Perine.

      Perine has run for just 102 yards on 24 carries this season.

      The Bengals also listed cornerback Mackensie Alexander and linebacker Markus Bailey as questionable. Both players have hamstring injuries. Also, receiver Mike Thomas (hamstring) is doubtful.

      Taylor has yet to name a starter at the quarterback spot against the Giants, but is reportedly leaning toward starting Brandon Allen over Ryan Finley.

      The Bengals will not have the services of regular starting quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Washington.

      Two of the team's coaches, defensive line coach Nick Eason and secondary/cornerbacks coach Steve Jackson, will miss the game due to the COVID-19 virus.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Colts down three defensive starters vs. Titans
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    The Indianapolis Colts will enter Sunday's key AFC South matchup with the Tennessee Titans minus three starters on defense.

    • Head coach Frank Reich stated Friday that defensive linemen DeForest Buckner and Denico Autry as well as linebacker Bobby Okereke are all out for the contest.

      ''This is normal in the NFL and good teams overcome it,'' Reich said on Friday about missing the three players.

      Both Buckner and Autry are currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which means that both have to wait at least 10 days after symptoms begin and 24 after symptoms pass to return to the team.

      Autry missed last Sunday's Colts overtime win over the Green Bay Packers at home after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

      Buckner was placed on the list on Wednesday after he tested positive for the virus.

      Okereke has been ruled out of Sunday's game with an injured ankle.

      Indianapolis will look for their second win over the Titans in 2020, having defeated them 34-17 in Nashville back on Nov. 12.

      Both teams enter Sunday's game with a record of 7-3. Both teams are coming off overtime wins Sunday, the Colts win over Green Bay and the Titans topped the Baltimore Ravens 30-24 on a game winning 29-yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry.

      Henry finished the game with 133 yards and the winning score. This season he has rushed for 1,079 yards and nine touchdowns.

      Reich said on Friday that it is nothing new to lose key players prior to a big game, but it is something the Colts will have to fight through.

      "I've seen it happen so many times through the years, the good teams overcome it and that's what we need to do," Reich said.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Falcons RB Gurley (knee) ruled out vs. Raiders
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders due to a knee injury.

    • Receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) is one of the Falcons who were listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.

      It is believed Gurley sustained the knee injury during last week's 24-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

      "Obviously he came out of the game with some battle wounds from the game that he got in that game, so we've gotta see where he is and see what he can do," Atlanta interim coach Raheem Morris told reporters. "But obviously that was a tough, physical game that we just played.

      "One time he came off with a little something, but he was able to go out there. He's such a tough warrior-mentality type of guy to go at all times. We know he's gonna try to go back out there when he can."

      Gurley leads the Falcons (3-7) with 610 yards and nine rushing touchdowns in 10 games. Backup Brian Hill, who has 261 rushing yards and 16 catches for 111 yards, will get most of the work against the Raiders (6-4).

      Jones sat out practice on Friday and a decision regarding his status will likely come close to kickoff.

      Jones has 45 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns in eight games.

      Tight end Hayden Hurst (ankle) and defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (hamstring) were also listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Hayden was a limited participant on Friday while Fowler missed the session.

      Hurst has 37 receptions for 411 yards and three touchdowns. Fowler has 17 tackles and two sacks.

      Receiver Calvin Ridley (foot) is ready to go after not receiving an injury designation on Friday. Ridley leads the squad in receptions (48), receiving yardage (747) and touchdown catches (six).

      --Field Level Media

  • Texans waive veteran WR Kenny Stills
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    The Houston Texans announced on Friday that they waived wide receiver Kenny Stills one day after he was inactive because of a quad injury for the team's Thanksgiving road win over the Detroit Lions.

    • In 10 games for Houston this season Stills had just 11 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown. He played in the Texans' 10-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 15, making just one catch for six yards in the loss. Then he played just four snaps the next week against the New England Patriots.

      Stills last season had 40 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns.

      He came to the Texans from the Miami Dolphins in a trade on Sept. 1, 2019 along with a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2021 sixth-round pick and tackle Laremy Tunsil. In return the Texans sent Miami a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-round pick, a 2021 second-round pick, Johnson Bademosi and Julie'n Davenport.

      The 28-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with the Saints before being traded to the Dolphins in March 2015.

      His best season came in 2014 with New Orleans when he had 63 catches for 931 yards and three touchdowns.

      Stills is in the last year of his contract and will hit waivers first. If he clears waivers he will become a free agent.

      If he is claimed on waivers a team will have to pay a prorated portion of his salary worth $6.975 million.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Bears' Trubisky to start at QB vs. Packers
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Mitchell Trubisky will start at quarterback when the Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night in a key NFC North matchup.

    • Bears coach Matt Nagy made the announcement on Friday.

      Trubisky started the first three games of the season and was replaced by veteran Nick Foles. Trubisky was 3-0; Foles has a 2-5 record.

      Foles injured his hip on the final series of the Week 10 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Trubisky has been out with a shoulder injury.

      "We're excited that Mitch is ready and it's an opportunity for him," Nagy said.

      Foles managed only 106 yards on 15-of-26 passing against the Vikings on Nov. 16. He was intercepted once. Tyler Bray came on to finish the game with Trubisky unavailable.

      Nagy said Foles will travel to Green Bay and hasn't ruled him out as a backup to Trubisky.

      On the season, Trubisky is 51 of 86 for 560 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. Foles, 31, has completed 65.0 percent (202 of 311) pass attempts for 1,852 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's been sacked 18 times.

      Nagy also said the defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (hamstring) and left tackle Charles Leno (toe) will be game time decisions vs. Green Bay.

      The Bears have lost four games in a row heading into the game against the Packers (7-3).

      --Field Level Media

  • Colts QB Rivers ready to roll; DL Buckner out
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Philip Rivers' consecutive starts streak of 234 games will live to see another Sunday.

    • Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich said Friday that Rivers "looked good" after being held out of practice the past two days as a precaution due to a toe injury.

      Rivers hasn't missed a start since breaking into the lineup as the starter for the then-San Diego Chargers in 2006.

      "It's certainly important to me and I'm thankful that I've been healthy enough to be out there," Rivers said Wednesday, when he didn't practice but watched Jacoby Brissett work with the first-team offense. "I do think there is something about that availability being there each and every week. I think there is a fine line there. You don't just try to keep that alive to keep it alive. This isn't one of those instances."

      The Colts will not have defensive lineman DeForest Buckner this week in a crucial AFC South showdown against the Tennessee Titans. Buckner is out due to a positive COVID-19 test.

      Rivers has played through worse -- including a torn ACL -- in his career.

      He signed a one-year deal with the Colts in March and continued his consecutive-games streak through the first 10 games for Indianapolis this season.

      Rivers said he understands his injury is nothing in the grand scheme and pushed the focus to the matchup of 7-3 division rivals.

      "You think about all the things you could deal with, they sound a little more legit than a toe," Rivers said. "We've all heard of guys that have had different toes that nagged them, and things. Thinking about defensive backs, running backs and all those guys, I can only imagine how tough it was to deal with something. It's a little different, but thankfully my position there is not a lot of cutting. I'll be good."

      --Field Level Media

  • Dolphins QB Tagovailoa's Sunday status up in the air
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

    • Dolphins coach Brian Flores said after practice Friday that Miami (6-4) hasn't determined the rookie quarterback's status. Flores said he will watch film of practice with the coaching staff and trainers before deciding if Tagovailoa, who has a thumb injury on his left, throwing hand, can play this week.

      Tagovailoa, 22, hurt his left thumb when he slammed his hand on a helmet during practice drills Wednesday.

      Ryan Fitzpatrick is in line to start and face one of his former teams if Tagovailoa sits out.

      Flores said running back Myles Gaskin (knee) is in the same boat for Sunday and the team will review his reps on film.

      Running back Salvon Ahmed is out with the shoulder injury that forced him out of last week's game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars WRs Chark, Conley ruled out for Sunday
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon won't have wide receivers DJ Chark or Chris Conley to throw to on Sunday when he makes his first start since 2017.

    • Both wideouts were ruled out for the 1 p.m. ET game against the visiting Cleveland Browns (7-3). Chark has a rib injury and Conley is dealing with a hip injury.

      Chark leads the Jaguars (1-9) with 41 catches for 534 yards and four touchdowns in nine starts this season.

      Chark, 24, made the Pro Bowl last season and has 128 receptions for 1,716 yards and 12 scores in 35 games since Jacksonville drafted the LSU product in the second round in 2018.

      Conley has 27 receptions for 332 yards and one score in 10 games (two starts) in 2020.

      The 28-year-old Conley has 178 career receptions for 2,345 yards and 12 touchdowns in 79 games with the Kansas City Chiefs (2015-18) and Jaguars. He was a third-round pick by Kansas City in 2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rams holding virtual meetings on Friday as precaution
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    The Los Angeles Rams called off practice on Friday as a coronavirus-related precaution.

    • "Out of an abundance of caution, the Rams canceled today's practice for precautionary reasons after two members of the organization received COVID-19 test results Thursday night that required additional testing today," a team statement said.

      The Rams will hold all team meetings virtually.

      Los Angeles (7-3) is scheduled to host the San Francisco 49ers (4-6) on Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET). The Rams are tied with the Seattle Seahawks for the division lead in the NFC West.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Cowboys tackles Martin, Erving out multiple games
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said tackles Zack Martin and Cam Erving both will miss multiple weeks with injuries suffered in Thursday's loss to Washington.

    • Martin, the starting right tackle, has a calf injury. Erving, the starter on the left side, has a sprained MCL in his right knee.

      Both players were hurt on the Cowboys' opening drive of the game. Both went directly to the locker room, with Erving later returning to the sideline without his helmet.

      Brandon Knight replaced Erving and Terence Steele, who started the first nine games at right tackle, took over for Martin.

      The Cowboys fell to 3-8 with the 41-16 home loss to Washington, which moved into first place in the NFC East with a 4-7 record.

      --Field Level Media

  • Eagles RT Johnson (ankle) says he is out for season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson told reporters on Friday that his season is over.

    • Johnson said he needs ankle surgery, with the Delaware News Journal reporting that the procedure will require four to five months of recovery time.

      "The inside of my ankle has collapsed," Johnson said, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

      Matt Pryor is expected to replace Johnson, 30, when the Eagles (3-6-1) host the Seattle Seahawks (7-3) on Monday (8:15 p.m. ET).

      Johnson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2017 first-team All-Pro, has appeared in seven games this season. He has started all 99 games in which he has played since being selected by Philadelphia with the fourth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL moves Steelers-Ravens to Tuesday night
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    The NFL moved Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens to Tuesday night.

    • NBC will televise the game, set for 8 p.m. ET.

      It's the second time the game has been moved because of an outbreak of COVID-19 among the Ravens. The game initially was set for Thanksgiving night in Pittsburgh, then shifted to Sunday afternoon.

      If this game occurs as now planned on Tuesday, the NFL will move the Ravens' Week 13 game as well.

      "Should the game be played on Tuesday, the Week 13 Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens game, originally scheduled for Thursday, December 3, will be moved to Monday, December 7, at 5:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on FOX/NFL Network/Amazon," the league said in a statement.

      "These decisions were made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts."

      The Steelers remain set to host the Washington Football Team in Week 13 on Dec. 6.

      Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called off Friday's practice, pending "clarification from the NFL" as to the status of their home game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, a Pittsburgh team spokesman said.

      Quarterback and reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson is one of 10 players -- eight of them starters -- on Baltimore's reserve/COVID-19 list. Placement on the list indicates a player has tested positive or is considered a high-risk close contact with an infected person.

      ProFootball Talk reported another Ravens player tested positive Friday in point-of-care testing. The result of a confirming PCR test was expected later in the day.

      The team said it "disciplined" a strength and conditioning coach for not following COVID-19 protocols, including not wearing a mask in the team facility, not reporting symptoms of the virus and failing to wear a required tracking device.

      ESPN reported Thursday night that Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the players their facility will be shut down until Monday at the earliest.

      The Steelers (10-0) earlier saw their game against the Tennessee Titans rescheduled because of an outbreak affecting the Tennessee team. That moved forced the Steelers to have a Week 4 bye and gave them games in 13 straight weeks to end the season. Pittsburgh hoped to play on Thanksgiving to have the weekend off.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets QB Darnold to start Sunday against Dolphins
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    New York Jets coach Adam Gase said quarterback Sam Darnold will start on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins barring any setbacks in practice Friday.

    • Darnold has missed four starts (Weeks 5, 6, 9 and 11) since suffering a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder in a Week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos.

      Darnold, 23, has completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,045 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions in six starts this season.

      Backup Joe Flacco, 35, has completed 55.2 percent of his throws for 864 yards with six TDs and three picks in five games (four starts).

      The winless Jets (0-10) will have a full complement of healthy wide receivers for Sunday afternoon's AFC East game against the Dolphins (6-4) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

      If Darnold plays, it will be the first time this season he has been on the field with Denzel Mims, Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bears activate S Jackson from reserve/COVID-19 list
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    The Chicago Bears activated safety Eddie Jackson from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Friday.

    • Jackson was placed on the list Monday, however the Bears were allowed to activate him provided he had tested negative for the virus on two occasions during a five-day period.

      Jackson, 26, is expected to start for Chicago (5-5) in Sunday night's game at the Green Bay Packers (7-3).

      A two-time Pro Bowl selection (2018, 2019), Jackson has 58 tackles, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 10 games this season.

      Jackson has recorded 242 tackles, 10 interceptions, seven forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries while starting in all 56 games he has played with the Bears. Chicago selected him in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bills G Ford out for season; WR Brown out vs. Chargers
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Buffalo Bills left guard Cody Ford will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn meniscus, coach Sean McDermott announced Friday morning on WGR 550.

    • Per McDermott, Ford was injured during practice this week. He was listed as limited due to an ankle injury on both Wednesday and Thursday.

      Ike Boettger, 26, started in place of Ford in Buffalo's 32-30 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 15.

      Ford, 23, has started all seven games in which he has played this season and 22 of 23 career contests with the Bills (7-3).

      McDermott also ruled out wide receiver John Brown for this Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers (3-7) in Orchard Park, N.Y.

      Brown, who is nursing an ankle injury, has 29 receptions for 386 yards and two touchdowns in eight contests this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos cancel practice following positive COVID-19 tests
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    The Denver Broncos canceled practice after a player and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Friday morning.

    • "Following confirmed positive COVID-19 test results from one player and two staff members, the Denver Broncos have closed UCHealth Training Center today with the team's safety in mind," the Broncos said in a statement.

      "The Broncos will continue preparation for Sunday's game remotely with virtual meetings and have postponed today's practice. Working closely with medical experts and the league office, we will take all steps necessary to ensure the well-being of the players, coaches and staff."

      KUSA reported that wide receiver and return specialist Diontae Spencer would be added to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

      Spencer, 28, has one catch for 7 yards and one rush for 9 yards in seven games this season. He is averaging 10.2 yards on nine punt returns and 18.6 yards on eight kickoff returns.

      Denver placed quarterback Jeff Driskel on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.

      The Broncos (4-6) are slated to host the New Orleans Saints (8-2) on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ravens QB Jackson reportedly tests positive for COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 26, 2020

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network and ESPN reported Thursday.

    • Jackson's positive test marks the fourth straight day a Ravens player has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, leaving the status of Baltimore's scheduled Sunday road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers uncertain.

      According to ESPN, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told his team Thursday that due to safety precautions, players will not be allowed back in the training facility until Monday at the earliest.

      Jackson, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, is arguably the highest-profile player in any sport to test positive for coronavirus.

      Not including Jackson, whose positive test has yet to be confirmed officially by the team, the Ravens have 10 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which indicates a player has tested positive or is considered a high-risk close contact with an infected person.

      The outbreak in Baltimore previously forced the NFL to reschedule the game between the Ravens (6-4) and Steelers (10-0) from Thanksgiving night to Sunday afternoon, but it is unclear if the pivotal AFC North game will be held.

      If Jackson can't play and the game is still contested Sunday, the Ravens likely would turn to Robert Griffin III, who has thrown two passes this season -- a 9-yard completion in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns and an interception in Week 4 against the Washington Football Team. He's rushed for one yard on five carries.

      Trace McSorley went on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week, leaving practice-squad rookie Tyler Huntley as the team's only available quarterback after Griffin, a former Heisman Trophy winner.

      Jackson has thrown for 1,948 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He has completed 63.4 percent of his passes while starting all 10 games.

      On Wednesday, the Ravens disciplined a staff member who didn't inform them of COVID-19-related symptoms and had not consistently worn a mask or tracking device, as required by NFL protocols, the team announced.

      Running backs Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins, defensive tackle Brandon Williams, linebacker Pernell McPhee, defensive ends Calais Campbell and Jihad Ward, offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura, McSorley and defensive back Iman Marshall are on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

      --Field Level Media

  • Packers DL Adams (toe) likely done for season
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 26, 2020

    Green Bay defensive lineman Montravius Adams will likely miss the rest of the season due to his toe injury, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday.

    • The Packers played the 25-year-old Adams on injured reserve on Wednesday after he aggravating an injury he initially sustained during training camp. He missed last Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts due to the injury.

      LaFleur said Adams tried to battle through the ailment.

      "I thought 'Mon' did a lot of great things this year," LaFleur said. "His endurability to battle and fight through injuries, the effort he gave every time was exceptional."

      Adams had 11 tackles -- two for losses -- in eight games this season.

      Overall, Adams has 44 tackles (four for losses) and 1.5 sacks in 45 career games (three starts) with Green Bay.

      Adams, a third-round pick from Auburn in 2017, is slated to become a unrestricted free agent after the season.

      Also, Green Bay added cornerback Kevin King (Achilles) and receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) to the injury report on Thursday. Both players were limited practice participants on Thursday.

      Star receiver Davante Adams (ankle) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) missed practice.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rams put leading tackler Kiser (knee) on IR
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 26, 2020

    The Los Angeles Rams put leading tackler Micah Kiser on injured reserve with an ailing knee, the team announced Thursday.

    • Kiser suffered the injury during Monday night's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The linebacker will have to miss at least three games before he can return, making the contest against the New York Jets on Dec. 20 the earliest he could be back on the field.

      The third-year pro leads the Rams with 77 tackles to go with three passes defensed and a forced fumble. He started nine games for the Rams this season.

      Kiser missed the 2019 season with a left pectoral injury that required surgery. He played in all 16 games as a rookie after the Rams selected him in the fifth round of the 2018 draft.

      Troy Reeder is expected to start in Kiser's place when the Rams (7-3) host the San Francisco 49ers (4-6) on Sunday. Reeder started eight games last season.

      --Field Level Media