NFL injury updates, latest league news from Tuesday, Dec. 14 –
The Indianapolis Colts are welcoming a key member of their offensive line back into the fold in Week 15.
The team announced Tuesday that center Ryan Kelly has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Kelly, who was placed on the list on Dec. 4, told reporters he dealt with mild symptoms for a few days while in protocol but is “feeling good” now.
Kelly was officially listed as a limited practice participant on the injury report.
The 28-year-old former first rounder has been a fixture on the Colts’ O-line since joining the club in 2016. He’s started 12 of Indy’s 13 games this season with his lone DNP coming in Week 13 as result of his COVID-list designation.
With their bye week now behind them, the Colts can continue their preparation for a pivotal Saturday night showdown against the 9-4 Patriots (8:15 p.m. ET, NFL Network) with Kelly’s stout presence back in the lineup.
In other injury news, linebacker Bobby Okereke did not practice due to an undisclosed illness.
Giants RB Saquon Barkley wants to remain in New York and also backs head coach Joe Judge doing the same.
The salary cap will rise next year. The NFL informed clubs Tuesday that the 2022 salary cap is projected to be $208.2 million, Tom Pelissero reports. That is the maximum amount agreed upon by the NFL and NFL Players Association in May, and it’s a $25.7 million increase from the previous year.
Another star player for the Rams is going on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Wideout Odell Beckham tested positive for COVID, Ian Rapoport reports. Coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that L.A. was entering enhanced protocols.
Chase Claypool had a costly mistake late in the Steelers’ loss to the Vikings in Week 14. Mike Tomlin addressed the need for Claypool to address his missteps on Tuesday.
The Browns are dealing with COVID-19 issues ahead of Saturday’s game against the Raiders. The team announced Tuesday it entered the NFL’s enhanced COVID-19 protocols as it placed eight players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. 
Las Vegas is set to be named the host city for the NFL’s biggest game in 2024, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.
The Cowboys offense has struggled in recent weeks, with Dak Prescott’s woes taking center stage. On Tuesday, team owner Jerry Jones addressed the situation at-hand.
The first in-season edition of HBO’s Hard Knocks has brought plenty of intrigue and previously unseen insight. For Bill Belichick and the Patriots, the show could provide some noteworthy info about the Colts, their Week 15 opponent.
In a battle of two run-heavy teams, Colts LB Bobby Okereke says the club wants to do all it can to prevent the Patriots from exploiting them in the run game.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has no plans to make any hasty decisions about the future of coach Urban Meyer. Khan said he wouldn’t act “helter-skelter on emotion” after the team’s first shutout loss of his ownership, citing his patience with previous coaches Gus Bradley and Doug Marrone.
Hours before taking on the Cardinals, the Rams sent another rash of players to the COVID list, including star corner Jalen Ramsey. Amid panic bloomed opportunity, and L.A.’s secondary capitalized in a surprising win.
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