NFL injury updates, latest league news from Saturday, Jan. 1 –
Two of the Carolina Panthers‘ top defenders will be available to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Defensive end Brian Burns and linebacker Shaq Thompson have cleared COVID-19 protocols and will travel Saturday and play Sunday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday morning. The team later announced the move, with defensive end Marquis Haynes also being activated.
Burns and Thompson were each placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.
Burns has produced nine sacks, 48 tackles, 17 QB hits and 13 tackles for loss through 15 games and was voted to his first Pro Bowl.
Thompson’s compiled 91 tackles in just 12 games.
Bruce Arians is back. The Buccaneers HC has cleared COVID protocols and will be on the sideline Sunday against the Jets, Tom Pelissero reports.
Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday. Next up for Wentz will be testing out of COVID-19 protocols on Sunday to be able to take the field against the Raiders.
Chiefs second-year running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is out for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to a shoulder injury, the team announced Saturday. 
With plenty of signs pointing to Monday night being Ben  final home game at Heinz Field, Garrett’s focused on giving the rival signal-caller a not-so fond farewell. 
Dan Reeves, who was a head coach of the Broncos, Giants and Falcons after playing with the Cowboys, has died at the age of 77. Reeves participated in nine Super Bowls as a coach and player. 
Lions RB D’Andre Swift makes his return vs. the Seahawks after a four-game absence, and coach Dan Campbell believes it could make for a strong finish to Detroit’s season. 
Ahead of a Week 17 matchup against the Jaguars, Patriots coach Bill Belichick gives his assessment on the rookie season of No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. 
Check out the each team’s injury report for Week 17 of the 2021 NFL season.
Jimmy Garoppolo was listed as doubtful with a thumb injury on Friday’s injury report following a week in which Garoppolo did not participate in practice. Rookie backup Trey Lance is expected to start, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
The Broncos have lost two key players for their pivotal Week 17 game. Receiver Jerry Jeudy and edge rusher Bradley Chubb are headed to the reserve/COVID-19 list, NFL Network’s James Palmer reported.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t rule out Lamar Jackson for Sunday’s game against the Rams due to the ankle injury that has kept the QB out the past two weeks.
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