Browns claim Jaelon Darden off waivers

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December 7, 2022 - 9:23 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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Waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, receiver Jaelon Darden has found a new home.

The Browns claimed Darden off waivers, according to multiple reports.

A fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft, Darden had been a significant special teams contributor. He leads the league with 31 punt returns and 330 punt return yards, averaging 10.6 yards per attempt. He’s also recorded three kick returns for 67 yards.

The Browns, however, do not necessarily need a punt returner. Donovan Peoples-Jones was named AFC special teams player of the week after taking a 76-yard punt for a touchdown in the Week 13 victory over Houston.

Darden has caught eight passes for 69 yards in 21 games.

Josh Allen remains on practice report as full participant; Matt Milano, Jordan Phillips DNP

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December 7, 2022 - 9:17 PM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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Bills quarterback Josh Allen remains on the practice report with his right elbow injury despite being a full participant.

Allen went on the injury report with his injury in Week 10, missing two practices that week. He had seven limited practices in a row before returning to full participation last week.

Allen has not missed any games.

Linebacker Matt Milano (knee) and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

Phillips was injured while making a diving attempt at Patriots quarterback Mac Jones last Thursday night.

Bills coach Sean McDermott said Milano is “dealing with some kind of leg-knee issue” and deemed him day to day.

Fullback Reggie Gilliam and guard Rodger Saffold (knee/rest) also sat out Wednesday’s work.

Offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (ankle), center Mitch Morse (elbow/rest) and offensive lineman David Quessenberry (ankle) were limited.

Joe Mixon was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice

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December 7, 2022 - 9:12 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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It’s looking like the Bengals will have their starting running back available when they take on the Browns this weekend.

Joe Mixon was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, indicating that he’s cleared the concussion protocol.

Mixon has missed the last two games after suffering a concussion during Cincinnati’s Week 11 victory over Pittsburgh. Mixon had a five-touchdown game against Carolina in Week Nine, also rushing for 153 yards.

In 10 games, he’s tallied 605 yards on the ground and caught 41 passes for 314 yards.

The news isn’t as good on tight end Hayden Hurst, who missed Wednesday’s practice with a calf injury.

And while safety Jesse Bates is listed with a groin injury, he was still a full participant.

Safety Vonn Bell was limited with a rest day. Offensive tackle La’El Collins and defensive tackle D.J. Reader didn’t practice with a rest day.

Rams are leaning toward having Baker Mayfield active Thursday night

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December 7, 2022 - 8:49 PM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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The Rams claimed Baker Mayfield off waivers Tuesday, and he arrived at the team facility about 14 hours ago.

Coach Sean McVay said the Rams are “working through” the quarterback’s status for Thursday Night Football.

“I’ll lean toward him being active,” McVay said.

He acknowledged it would be “unprecedented” for a quarterback to be ready to play so soon, but believes Mayfield can do it.

“He’s a really sharp, smart, cerebral player that has a great competitiveness to him that you can’t help but like,” McVay said, via Greg Beacham of the Associated Press.

The Rams might not have a choice.

Backup John Wolford, who has started two of the three games Matthew Stafford has missed, is questionable with a neck injury. He was limited in the team’s walkthrough Wednesday.

Third-stringer Bryce Perkins started Week 12 with Stafford out and Wolford’s neck injury keeping him on the sideline as the emergency backup.

The Rams were the only team to put in a waiver claim on Mayfield, who the Panthers released Monday.

“When you have a player of his caliber become available and you look at just the circumstances and the situation surrounding our quarterback room, we felt like it was the right move for us,” McVay said, via Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register. “I’ve always respected his game.”

Trevor Lawrence plans to play this week despite toe injury

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December 7, 2022 - 8:43 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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Earlier on Wednesday, Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson called quarterback Trevor Lawrence day-to-day with a sprained toe on his left foot. Pederson noted that Lawrence wasn’t going to practice and admitted there was some concern about Lawrence’s availability for Week 14.

But Lawrence had his own media session on Wednesday afternoon and told reporters he plans to play against the Titans on Sunday.

“I’m feeling better today than I was Monday and yesterday. A little bit of the soreness is going down a little bit. Obviously, still sore and kind of taking it day-by-day. But, fortunate for sure. I feel pretty good.”

Lawrence noted that it’s probably the biggest injury scare he’s had on a football field. when he suffered the injury last week against Detroit, he initially thought he’d hurt his knee because of the way he’d been twisted down. But then as he was moving around he realized it was more in his foot. The soreness increased on Monday.

Lawrence said he’s getting as much treatment as possible and staying off his foot when he can to get it healed.

“All I can do is take it day-by-day. If I can, I’ll be out there,” Lawrence said.

In his second pro season, Lawrence has completed 66 percent of his passes for 2,834 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2022.

Patrick Queen and Ronnie Stanley practice, Lamar Jackson doesn’t

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December 7, 2022 - 8:27 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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The Ravens are not expected to have quarterback Lamar Jackson in the lineup against the Steelers this weekend and Wednesday’s practice didn’t do anything to change that outlook.

Jackson did not participate in the team’s first session of the week because of the knee injury that knocked him out of last Sunday’s win over the Broncos. A report indicated Jackson has a sprained PCL and could miss multiple weeks before he’s well enough to return.

While Jackson didn’t practice, two other Ravens were able to work despite injuries.

Linebacker Patrick Queen and left tackle Ronnie Stanley were both on the field on Wednesday. Queen left the win over the Broncos with a thigh injury and left tackle Ronnie Stanley missed the game with an ankle injury.

Najee Harris out of practice, T.J. Watt limited

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December 7, 2022 - 8:11 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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The Steelers handed in their first injury report of the week on Wednesday and it showed that running back Najee Harris wasn’t on the field.

Harris has been dealing with an oblique injury that he suffered in Week 12, but he played in last Sunday’s win over the Falcons and ran 17 times for 86 yards. Head coach Mike Tomlin said that Harris and other players who carried injuries into the Falcons game would likely work on a limited basis this week.

“Guys that were carrying bumps and bruises into play who were somehow limited during the course of last week’s work, but then were able to play, you just don’t want to assume that that’s behind them,” Tomlin said, via the team’s website. “I’m prepared for them maybe to be affected somewhere in the early portions of the week, but not as we lean in on game time. Guys like T.J. [Watt], Larry Ogunjobi, guys that kind of were partial participants at various times last week may be slowed as we come together and get this train out of the station.”

Watt (ribs) was a limited participant and Ogunjobi (toe) was held out of practice. Wide receiver Diontae Johnson (toe) was also limited while linebacker Malik Reed (back) and tackle Chuks Okorafor (shoulder) did not practice.

Kyle Shanahan: “Way outside chance” Jimmy Garoppolo returns

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December 7, 2022 - 7:54 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed a Tuesday report about the severity of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s foot injury when he met with reporters on Wednesday.

Shanahan confirmed that Garoppolo does not need surgery to repair his fractured foot and did not suffer a Lisfranc injury or ligament damage when he was injured against the Dolphins last Sunday. That report also indicated that Garoppolo could return during the playoffs if all goes well in his recovery, but Shanahan said that’s not something he will be counting on.

“Still going to be a big recovery,” Shanahan said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “There’s that way outside chance late in the playoffs but just an outside chance. Not real optimistic about it but never rule it out.”

Rookie Brock Purdy will be starting for the 49ers this weekend and is set to remain in that role as long as he stays healthy. Josh Johnson was signed off the Broncos practice squad to back him up.

George Pickens: Don’t make my frustration into something bigger than it is

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December 7, 2022 - 7:49 PM UTC
By Michael David Smith · Original Article
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Steelers wide receiver George Pickens was clearly unhappy on the sideline on Sunday in a game when he only caught one pass for two yards. But Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said yesterday that it’s not an issue, and today Pickens himself said the same.

Asked about his venting on the sideline about not getting the ball, Pickens said he thinks people have been making too much of it.

“Before we start this, I ain’t gonna be just saying stuff for you all to just paint a story, make a statement bigger than what it is, or make something bigger than what it is,” Pickens said today as reporters gathered around his locker.

Pickens invoked Terrell Owens as an example of a receiver who would get animated on the sideline if the ball didn’t come his way.

“Don’t try to make something it’s not because every player, literally every receiver in the past before — you got T.O., I can name so many names. It’s just what you want to make it out to be,” Pickens said. “I don’t want you guys to paint anybody in a different light.”

Cowboys open Tyron Smith’s practice window

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December 7, 2022 - 7:35 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last Sunday that the team planned to have left tackle Tyron Smith back at practice this week and nothing derailed that over the last few days.

The Cowboys officially designated Smith to return from injured reserve on Wednesday. Smith can now practice for the next 21 days and he can be activated at any point in that window.

Smith had surgery in August to repair an avulsion fracture to his left knee and went on injured reserve after the cut to 53 players. Jones did not rule out the possibility of Smith playing this weekend against the Texans, but further word isn’t likely to come until closer to Sunday.

Rookie Tyler Smith has been playing left tackle and the Cowboys plan to move him inside to left guard oncer the veteran is ready to return to the lineup.

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