NFL injury updates, latest league news from Friday, Dec. 24

NFL injury updates, latest league news from Friday, Dec. 24

The Buffalo Bills‘ receiving situation grew even more dire on Friday.

Gabriel Davis joined teammate Cole Beasley on the reserve/COVID-19 list, coach Sean McDermott announced. Davis, who is unvaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Offensive lineman Cody Ford is also headed to the reserve/COVID-19 list, per McDermott.

The timing of Davis’ placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list makes a return in time for Sunday’s key game against the New England Patriots impossible and a return for next week’s clash with the Atlanta Falcons unlikely. Because Davis tested positive and is unvaccinated, he is subject to a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

Beasley landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday and will also miss Sunday’s game as part of his 10-day isolation period.

Davis has been a frequent contributor in the second half of the Bills’ 2021 season, catching two or more passes in every game from Weeks 10-15. Buffalo attempted 30 passes in its first meeting with New England, and Davis saw four targets on a windy night in Orchard Park, New York.

The Bills will have to find a way to replace Davis’ contributions in a receiving corps that — thankfully for Buffalo — still includes Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders.

Sanders (knee) does not carry injury designation after missing Week 15. Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (personal) is listed as questionable.

Injuries/COVID-19

Roster Moves

  • The Buffalo Bills signed punter Jamie Gillan and receiver Austin Proehl to their practice squad. Gillan was waived by the Browns on Wednesday. Offensive tackle Bobby Hart and WR Isaiah Hodgins were elevated to the active roster.
  • The Green Bay Packers elevated offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen to the active roster.
  • The Miami Dolphins elevated receiver Tommylee Lewis and center Cameron Tom to the active roster.
  • The New Orleans Saints are signing quarterback Blake Bortles, Rapoport reported.

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