Here are the NFL’s Boxing Day practice squad updates:
- Signed: LB Frank Ginda
- Released: P Pat O’Donnell
- Released: DB Keidron Smith
Los Angeles Rams
- Signed: LS Alex Matheson
- Released: RB Darrell Henderson
New England Patriots
- Signed: TE La’Michael Pettway
- Signed: LB Jaylon Smith
- Released: LB David Perales
San Francisco 49ers
- Released: DT Taylor Stallworth
- Released: LB Hamilcar Rashed
- Signed: RB Jaret Patterson
Smith will make his way to a third team this season. The Saints signed the former Cowboys mainstay just before the season, but the Raiders later poached the eighth-year veteran off New Orleans’ practice squad. The Steelers, who have lost regulars Cole Holcomb and Kwon Alexander for the season, will turn to him now. This move come after the Steelers added Mykal Walker, who is on team No. 4 this year, to their linebacking corps.
Henderson resurfaced with the Rams midway through this season, coming back after the team lost Kyren Williams and Ronnie Rivers in one game. Williams made his way back to action last month, while Rivers moved back to the 53-man roster last week. With Royce Freeman in place as veteran insurance, the Rams will again cut Henderson.
The Broncos are planning to bring Smith back to their P-squad soon, per the Denver Gazette’s Chris Tomasson. The team initially planned to cut Smith to clear a spot for Kareem Jackson. With the Texans making another high-profile waiver claim — this one to reunite with Jackson, who was primarily a Houston cornerback from 2010-18 — the Broncos no longer have to clear a P-squad spot.