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Week 12 Injured Reserve Return Tracker

After two years of giving teams free rein on injured reserve transactions, the NFL reinstated limitations this offseason. Teams can now activate up to eight players from their IR, PUP and NFI lists combined. That will reintroduce some strategy into how franchises proceed with their activations over the next few months.

Players who were carried over to 53-man rosters after cutdown day must reside on their respective injured list for at least four weeks. Once a team designates a player for return, meaning the player returns to practice, the activation clock starts. Teams have 21 days from those return-to-practice points to activate that player. If no activation commences in that window, the player reverts to season-ending IR.

Here is how teams’ IR, NFI and PUP situations stack up for Week 12 so far:

Arizona Cardinals

Eligible for activation:

Activated:

Activations remaining: 3

Atlanta Falcons

Designated for return: 

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 6

Baltimore Ravens

Designated for return:

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 4

Buffalo Bills

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 7

Carolina Panthers

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 5

Chicago Bears

Eligible for activation: none

Activations remaining: 3

Cincinnati Bengals

Designated for return:

Eligible for activation:

Activated: 

Activations remaining: 3

Cleveland Browns

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 4

Dallas Cowboys

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 6

Denver Broncos

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 3

Detroit Lions

Designated for return:

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 5

Green Bay Packers

Designated for return:

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 4

Houston Texans

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 3

Indianapolis Colts

Eligible for activation: none

Activations remaining: 6

Jacksonville Jaguars

Designated for return:

Activations remaining: 8

Kansas City Chiefs

Eligible for activation:

Activated:

Activations remaining: 6

Las Vegas Raiders

Designated for return:

Activations remaining: 6

Los Angeles Chargers

Eligible for activation: 

Activated:

Activations remaining: 6

Los Angeles Rams

Designated for return:

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 2

Miami Dolphins

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 6

Minnesota Vikings

Designated for return: 

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 7

New England Patriots

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 6

New Orleans Saints

Eligible for activation:

Activated:

Activations remaining: 3

New York Giants

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 3

New York Jets

Designated for return:

Eligible for activation:

Activated:

Activations remaining: 6

Philadelphia Eagles

Designated for return:

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 6

Pittsburgh Steelers

Designated for return:

Reverted to season-ending IR:

Activations remaining: 6

San Francisco 49ers

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 1

Seattle Seahawks

Designated for return:

Eligible for activation:

Activations remaining: 5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eligible for activation:

Activated:

Activations remaining: 6

Tennessee Titans

Eligible for activation:

Activated:

Activations remaining: 3

Washington Commanders

Designated for return:

Eligible for activation:

Activated:

Activations remaining: 4

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/26/22

The league’s minor moves and standard gameday elevations for Week 12:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Kansas City Chiefs

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Washington Commanders

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/24/22

Today’s minor moves around the league, including elevations for tonight’s conclusion to the Thanksgiving tripleheader:

Atlanta Falcons

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New York Jets

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/23/22

Today’s minor moves around the league:

Atlanta Falcons

Buffalo Bills

Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

Miami Dolphins

New York Giants

Thanksgiving will mark McKinley’s Cowboys debut after he signed to Dallas’ practice squad last week. The veteran will seek to be more productive in his reunion with Dan Quinn than his previous stops following the end of his Falcons tenure, while providing depth to a Cowboys edge group which has produced a league-leading 42 sacks this season.

Hobbs returning to the fold in the near future will be a welcomed sight for the Raiders’ secondary. The 2021 fifth-rounder was a full-time starter through the first five weeks of the season before landing on IR with a broken hand. Vegas has struggled against the pass, allowing more than 247 yards per game through the air in 2022. The team has three weeks to activate him before he becomes ineligible to play again this season.

Falcons To Sign LB Will Compton?

The Falcons may have added a veteran linebacker. Will Compton announced on Twitter last night that he’s signing with the Falcons. While ESPN’s Field Yates seemed to echo that announcement, Compton himself tweeted this evening that “[y]ear 10 might be in danger” … an indication that the announced deal with Atlanta may not materialize.

Compton had a two-year stretch with Washington that saw him collect more than 200 total tackles, but he’s mostly served as a backup or roster filler since that time. Since leaving Washington following the 2017 campaign, the linebacker has had two separate stints with both the Titans and the Raiders. He got into two games with Las Vegas in 2021, compiling a single tackle.

The 33-year-old, who continues to host a podcast alongside Taylor Lewan, worked out for Atlanta earlier this month. Special teams ace/linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski is currently dealing with an injury, so Compton could be a temporary fill-in.

“I could not have envisioned a better situation than signing with the Atlanta Falcons,” Compton said last night. “Ever since they blew that lead at the Super Bowl, the 28–3 lead, I knew at some point in my career, I’d have to do whatever it took to bring this city a little bit of hope.”

The Falcons did make one confirmed move today, adding Ryan Neuzil to the active roster, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Twitter. With Matt Hennessy sidelined, Neuzil has earned promotions for each of Atlanta’s last three games, with the former UDFA exclusively playing on special teams.

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 11/22/22

Today’s practice squad transactions:

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

  • Signed: RB Tyreik McAllister, LB Ray Wilborn
  • Released: LB Harvey Langi

Houston Texans

  • Signed: DB D’Angelo Ross

Indianapolis Colts

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 11/21/22

Today’s practice squad transactions:

Atlanta Falcons

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

  • Released: G Jordan Meredith

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

  • Signed: LB Benton Whitley

New England Patriots

Seattle Seahawks

  • Signed: DT Jarrod Hewitt

Tennessee Titans

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/21/22

Here are Monday’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Cincinnati Bengals

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

San Francisco 49ers

Tennessee Titans

Falcons Fear Torn MCL For TE Kyle Pitts

3:47pm: In a move which comes as little surprise given the severity of the injury, the Falcons have placed Pitts on IR, per a club announcement. He will miss at least he next four games as a result.

11:35am: The Falcons appear to be in line for an extended absence from one of their top young players. Following an MRI on Monday, tight end Kyle Pitts is believed to have suffered a torn MCL, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (Twitter link).

Rapoport notes that the injury, if confirmed, will require surgery. Pitts will seek a second opinion on the matter before deciding on his next steps. In any case, this news marks a major blow to Atlanta’s passing game, one which was already lacking in accomplished pass-catchers. Pitts was in the midst of a down year in terms of production compared to his Pro Bowl rookie campaign, but he nevertheless ranks third on the team in receiving yards in 2022.

Last year’s No. 4 pick entered the league with massive expectations as the highest-drafted tight end of all-time. He delivered last season, with 68 catches and 1,026 yards. With only one touchdown, though, he had plenty of room to improve heading into Year 2. He has found the endzone just once this season, however, and eclipsed 80 receiving yards in a game only twice. A hamstring injury kept him sidelined for Week 5, his first missed game in the NFL.

This latest ailment will be far more detrimental to the Florida product and the Falcons’ offense, of course. Atlanta ranks 31st in the league with an average of 171 passing yards per game, owing in part to the effectiveness of their rushing attack and in part to a distinct of playmakers in the air. Rookie wideout Drake London leads the team with 409 receiving yards, and will likely be forced to take on a larger role in the passing game moving forward.

With a lengthy – if not season-ending – absence looming, the Falcons will likely turn to a committee approach to replace Pitts at tight end. MyCole Pruitt logged a season-high 31 offensive snaps yesterday with Pitts exiting the contest. Parker Hesse is also in line for an increased workload for the remainder of the campaign, though that pair has combined to make just nine catches so far in 2022. Sitting at 5-6, the Falcons are still in the race for the NFC South title, but their playoff hopes have taken a serious hit.