NFL injury updates, latest league news from Wednesday, Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Eagles activated the 21-day practice window for running back Miles Sanders.

Sanders remains on IR after suffering an ankle injury in Week 7.

Opening the practice window would allow Sanders to return this week if healthy. Coach Nick Sirianni said there's a chance Sanders will be available for Sunday's game against the Saints.

With Sanders on the shelf the past three games, the Eagles running game has surged behind Jordan Howard and Boston Scott. The Eagles lead the NFL with 208.7 rushing yards per game since Week 8.

The possibility of getting the dynamic Sanders back would only boost Philly's run game. Sanders generated 300 yards rushing on 63 attempts (4.8 yards per carry) in seven games played in 2021.

In Week 11, the Eagles will take on New Orleans and its top-ranked run defense.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts made his first career start in Week 14, 2020 against the Saints, an Eagles' 24-21 win in which both Hurts (106 rush yards) and Sanders (115 rush yards, 2 TD runs) surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark. In their last 63 games since Week 12, 2017, the Saints have only allowed 100-plus rush yards in a game to two players (Hurts and Sanders).

Injuries/COVID-19

  • Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle) will be considered a game-time decision for Thursday night against New England, coach Arthur Smith told reporters. He was listed as limited in the team's estimated participation report for Wednesday. Tight end Hayden Hurst (ankle) has been ruled out.
  • The New England Patriots do not have anyone officially ruled out on the official injury report versus Atlanta. Running back Damien Harris and wideout/returner Gunner Olszewski, who both missed last week's game with concussions, are no longer on the injury report. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport says Harris will play Thursday night. Tackle Trent Brown (calf), tight end Jonnu Smith (shoulder), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (ankle) and kicker Nick Folk (left knee) are among those questionable. The team also designated defensive end Chase Winovich to return off IR and placed LB Josh Uche on IR.
  • The Minnesota Vikings activated safety Harrison Smith from the reserve/COVID-19 list and designated cornerback Patrick Peterson to return to practice.
  • Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle), who has missed the past two games, was limited in practice Wednesday.
  • San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he believes running back Elijah Mitchell, who underwent finger surgery Tuesday, will be available to play Sunday versus the Jaguars. Mitchell did not practice while wideout Deebo Samuel (shin) was limited Wednesday. Linebacker Dre Greenlaw and safety Jaquiski Tartt were designated to return to practice.
  • Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did not practice Wednesday due to an illness and wide receiver Marquise Brown was also a DNP due to a thigh injury. Running back Latavius Murray (ankle) was limited.
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (toe), tackle David Bakhtiari (knee), Aaron Jones (knee) and wide receiver Allen Lazard (shoulder) did not practice. Linebacker Rashan Gary (elbow) and WR Davante Adams (shoulder) were limited participants.
  • New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (knee), who sat out Week 10, was limited Wednesday. Running back Ty Montgomery (hand) and quarterback Taysom Hill (foot) did not practice. RB Tony Jones was designated from return from IR.
  • Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (concussion) did not practice.
  • Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley said defensive end Joey Bosa, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, is a close contact and has tested negative. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Bosa is unvaccinated but will be available to play Sunday versus the Steelers if he doesn't test positive before the game. In related news, defensive end Christian Covington was placed on the reserve/COVID list.
  • Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (oblique) did not practice Wednesday. Coach Dan Campbell said backup Tim Boyle, who's on injured reserve but was designated to return to practice last week, would be getting the first-team reps. Running backs D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (thigh) were limited.
  • Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray participated in the open portion of Wednesday's practice. "I liked how he was moving today," coach Kliff Kingsbury said before adding, 'We'll see" when it comes to his availability for Sunday. Murray, who's missed the past two games, was limited last Friday after not participating earlier in the week. Murray was listed as limited on the teams' official injury report. Quarterback Colt McCoy (pectoral) was also limited, as was safety Budda Baker (heel). Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who's also missed the last two games, did not practice due to his lingering hamstring injury.
  • Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown (hip) did not practice Wednesday. DK Metcalf (foot), as has become a weekly occurrence, did not practice Wednesday, either. Quarterback Russell Wilson (right finger) was a full participant.
  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (left shoulder/foot) missed practice and told reporters that this is "probably the most beat up I've been." Coach Kevin Stefanski said he expects pass rusher Myles Garrett to be back this week, though he missed Wednesday's practice due to personal reasons. As for Kareem Hunt (calf), Stefanski said the running back won't return this week, making it his fifth straight game missed. The team announced running back Nick Chubb, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week and sat out Week 10, remains day to day.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars designated offensive lineman Brandon Linder and tight end James O'Shaughnessy to return to practice. Running back James Robinson (heel/knee) and linebacker Myles Jack (knee) did not practice.
  • The Washington Football Team designated cornerback Darryl Roberts (quad) to return from injured reserve. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel (groin) and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) did not practice. Running back Antonio Gibson (shin) and wide receiver Terry McLaurin (shoulder) were limited.
  • The New York Giants designated tackle Andrew Thomas (foot/ankle) to return from IR.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) on injured reserve and will be out at least three games. The team also designated long snapper Zach Triner to return to practice.
  • New York Jets coach Robert Saleh confirmed quarterback Joe Flacco will start Sunday versus the Dolphins. Rookie Zach Wilson (knee) will be limited in practice Wednesday. The Jets activated defensive end Kyle Phillips (ankle) from the physically unable to perform list.
  • Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson (ankle/toe) and linebacker Darius Leonard (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday.
  • Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring) and wideout Cole Beasley (ribs) didn't practice Wednesday. Coach Sean McDermott said Edmunds remains day to day, while defensive tackle Star Lotulelei remains on the reserve/COVID list. Linebacker Matt Milano (shoulder) was limited.
  • Tennessee Titans linebacker Bud Dupree (abdomen), guard Nate Davis (concussion) and running back Jeremy McNichols (concussion) did not practice. Tight end Tommy Hudson returned to practice but remains on injured reserve.
  • Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (knee) was limited in practice. The team placed safety Tyree Gillespie on IR.
  • Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (foot) and wideout Allen Robinson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.
  • The Carolina Panthers designated guard John Miller and defensive end Darryl Johnson to return from IR.

Roster moves

  • Ex-Ravens running back Le'Veon Bell and ex-49ers cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick passed through waivers unclaimed and are now free agents.
  • The Arizona Cardinals signed running back Tavien Feaster to the practice squad.
  • The Baltimore Ravens signed nose tackle Isaiah Mack to the practice squad.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders elevated linebacker Patrick Onwuasor to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed defensive lineman PJ Johnson to the practice squad.
  • The New York Giants have signed linebacker Benardrick McKinney to the 53-man roster and added running back Jonathan Williams to the practice squad.
  • The Los Angeles Chargers signed defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko to the active roster from the practice squad and DT Caraun Reid was signed to the practice squad.
  • The Houston Texans signed defensive tackle Carson Green to the practice squad and released linebacker Connor Strachan.
  • The Miami Dolphins signed defensive back Jamal Perry to the active roster from the practice squad and added quarterback Jake Luton and linebacker Kobe Jones to the practice squad.
  • The Tennessee Titans signed defensive lineman Kyle Peko to the active roster from the practice squad. Offensive lineman Bobby Hart and DL Amani Bledsoe were signed to the practice squad.
  • The New England Patriots waived running back Malcolm Perry from IR.
  • The New Orleans Saints signed defensive tackle Christian Ringo and kicker Brett Maher to the practice squad.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars signed defensive back Michael Jacquet to the practice squad.
  • The Seattle Seahawks signed linebacker Edmond Robinson to the practice squad.
  • The Atlanta Falcons released kicker Elliott Fry.

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