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Tank Dell WR, HOU
The Texans officially placed Dell (fibula) on injured reserve Tuesday.
Dell suffered a broken left fibula during this past Sunday's 22-17 win against the Broncos and underwent a procedure to repair it Monday. Per Ben Arthur of FoxSports.com, coach Demeco Ryans confirmed after Dell had surgery that the wide receiver will miss the remainder of the campaign, so Tuesday's transaction was merely procedural. Dell thus will end his rookie campaign with 47 catches (on 75 targets) for 709 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games.
Ezekiel Elliott RB, NE
Elliott (thigh) was removed from the Patriots' second Week 14 injury report Tuesday.
Elliott was included on Monday's estimated injury report as limited due to a thigh injury, which now appears to have been a precautionary measure. The Patriots did get on the practice field Tuesday, but Rhamondre Stevenson predictably wasn't among those present after Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the running back was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain. Because Stevenson almost certainly will be ruled out ahead of Thursday's game at Pittsburgh, Elliott should get a chance to lead New England's backfield Week 14. Through 12 games this season, Elliott has averaged 3.8 yards on his 112 carries, hauled in 24 of 31 targets for 154 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns.
Najee Harris RB, PIT
Harris didn't take part in Tuesday's walkthrough due to a knee injury, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Harris wasn't included on Pittsburgh's practice estimate Monday, so his addition one day later is somewhat concerning ahead of Thursday's game against the Patriots. He hasn't missed a game in his two-plus seasons as a pro, but it's now unclear if he may be in danger of sitting out this week. Harris' listing on Wednesday's injury report may be telling as it pertains to the state of the team's Week 14 backfield. If Harris is limited or sidelined Thursday, Jaylen Warren likely would take on a workhorse role for the Steelers.
Darren Waller TE, NYG
Waller (hamstring) relayed to Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record that he ran routes Tuesday for the first time since he was placed on injured reserve after Week 8.
Because he's missed the minimum four games on IR, Waller is eligible to be designated for return at any point, but the Giants have yet to make that transaction. Coach Brian Daboll said Tuesday that Waller is "making progress" in his recovery but wouldn't commit to the tight end being available for Monday's game versus the Packers, per Dan Salomone of the team's official site. If Waller remains out Week 14, Daniel Bellinger and Lawrence Cager will handle TE reps for New York.
Bailey Zappe QB, NE
Zappe implied Tuesday that he'll remain the Patriots' starting quarterback Thursday at Pittsburgh, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports. "Coach (Bill Belichick) has made it pretty clear, but I'll let him announce it to everybody," Zappe said.
Zappe didn't fare much better than previous starter Mac Jones this past Sunday during a 6-0 loss to the Chargers, completing 13 of 25 passes for 141 yards and no touchdowns while rushing four times for 16 yards. On a positive note, Zappe didn't turn the ball over after tossing picks in both of his prior two appearances. His available skill-position talent is in flux considering running back Rhamondre Stevenson has a high-ankle sprain and all of RB Ezekiel Elliott (thigh) and WRs DeVante Parker (knee) Demario Douglas (concussion), JuJu Smith-Schuster (ankle) and Kayshon Boutte (shoulder) also are on the Patriots' Week 14 injury report. As a result, once Belichick makes it official that Zappe will get the nod this week, he doesn't necessarily have the pieces available to produce on the field.
Christian Kirk WR, JAC
Coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday that Kirk will "miss some time" due to the core muscle injury that he suffered during Monday's 34-31 overtime defeat to the Bengals, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.
Kirk departed following a 26-yard catch on the Jaguars' first offensive play of the game with what was termed a groin injury at the time. He later was ruled out after halftime. Pederson already has said Kirk won't be available for Sunday's game at Cleveland, so Jacksonville's available wide receivers Week 14 will be Calvin Ridley, Zay Jones, Parker Washington, Tim Jones and potentially Elijah Cooks.
Trevor Lawrence QB, JAC
Coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday that Lawrence suffered a high-ankle sprain during Monday's 34-31 overtime loss to the Bengals, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.
Lawrence was bent backwards as he was taken to the ground in the fourth quarter Monday and was in clear discomfort as he attempted to get to his feet. He then needed assistance to make his way to the locker room, after which X-rays were returned negative. Tuesday's MRI revealed the severity of the injury, and Pederson added that the Jaguars "will see where he is in a couple days" before potentially making a ruling on his status for a Week 14 road matchup with the Browns. It's notable that Pederson is delaying ruling out Lawrence for Sunday's game, but C.J. Beathard will sub in for Lawrence if the latter ultimately isn't able to go.
Darren Waller TE, NYG
Coach Brian Daboll relayed Tuesday that Waller is "making progress" with his right hamstring injury, but he said "no" with regard to the tight end's potential to return for Monday's game against the Packers, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
That's not to say the Giants may designate Waller for return from injured reserve this week if they feel he's able to mix into drills, a decision that would open a 21-day window for him to get back on the active roster. He has missed the minimum four games on IR in order to be activated, but New York appears as if it'll continue to roll with Daniel Bellinger and Lawrence Cager at tight end for the foreseeable future.
Tommy DeVito QB, NYG
Coach Brian Daboll announced Tuesday that DeVito will be the Giants' starting quarterback Monday against the Packers, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
In the wake of the Giants' Week 13 bye, the team designated Tyrod Taylor (ribs) for return from injured reserve Monday, raising some question marks about who may be under center for the team Week 14. But DeVito will continue to be New York's No. 1 QB, at least Sunday, even if Taylor is activated from IR ahead of the contest. In three starts prior to the bye, DeVito completed 49 of 78 passes for 523 yards, six touchdowns and one interception, rushed 13 times for 54 yards and fumbled twice (one lost).