NFL notebook: Ingram getting closer to return

NFL notebook: Ingram getting closer to return
By Reuters

10/01/2020 at 02:02Updated 10/01/2020 at 02:05

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II returned to practice Thursday and participated for the first time since injuring his calf in Week 16 -- albeit mostly limited work with the rehab group.

Ingram is listed as questionable for Saturday's AFC divisional game against
the Tennessee Titans. Tight end Mark Andrews (ankle) also is questionable.

Ingram told reporters he "felt some tightness" during the bye week but was
able to run during the special teams portion of Wednesday's practice. He was
hurt Dec. 22 against the Cleveland Browns and had since been unable to
participate in practice.

The Titans ruled out inside linebacker Jayon Brown (shoulder) and receiver
Adam Humphries (ankle). Brown was injured during last weekend's victory over
the New England Patriots. Receiver Cody Hollister (ankle) is listed as
questionable.

--San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander (torn pectoral), defensive end
Dee Ford (quad/hamstring), safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) and right guard Mike
Person (neck) are all on track to return for San Francisco's first playoff
game in six years, when the 49ers host Minnesota on Saturday.

Ford, who is listed as questionable on the injury report, is likely to need
some pregame testing before he's pronounced fit to play. Alexander will be
activated off injured reserve before the 1 p.m. Friday deadline for roster
moves, head coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, however, sat out practice and is officially
questionable after hurting his ankle during Wednesday's practice. According to
multiple reports, Thielen's injury included a cut significant enough to
require stitches.

Coaching updates

--The Philadelphia Eagles fired offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide
receivers coach Carson Walch. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported head coach
Doug Pederson wanted the coaches back but owner Jeffrey Lurie did not.

--Former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is a candidate to join
the coaching staff of new Giants first-year head coach Joe Judge. The two
worked together at Mississippi State in the mid-2000s. Kitchens, 45, was fired
after one season as coach of the Browns. He previously served as an offensive
assistant in Cleveland and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2018 when
Todd Haley was fired midseason.

--The Dallas Cowboys are eyeing University of Texas associate head coach and
running game coordinator Stan Drayton as a possible candidate to be their
running backs coach, multiple outlets reported. Drayton coached Ezekiel
Elliott in college.

--Longtime NFL coach Mike Mularkey announced his retirement after more than 25
years on the sidelines. Mularkey, 58, coached the tight ends for the Atlanta
Falcons last season and previously served as head coach of the Buffalo Bills,
Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, going a collective 36-53.

--The Browns interviewed Minnesota offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski for
their head-coaching vacancy, according to multiple reports. Stefanski is the
seventh person to interview for the post. New England Patriots offensive
coordinator Josh McDaniels is slated to interview Friday and he will be the
final candidate to meet with club brass.

Around the league

--The NFL is reportedly investigating whether the Buffalo Bills violated
injury-reporting rules after defensive end Jerry Hughes tweeted he played with
torn ligaments in his wrist. The Bills lost 22-19 in overtime to Houston in
the wild-card round last weekend. Hughes' wrist was not mentioned on the
injury report prior to the game.

--The Washington Redskins announced the departure of salary cap expert Eric
Schaffer while moving Doug Williams into the role of senior vice president of
player development. Replacing Shaffer as new senior vice president of football
administration will be Rob Rogers, who has been executive of player finance
for the Carolina Panthers. Rogers and Williams, whose previous title with the
Redskins was senior vice president of player personnel, will report directly
to new head coach Ron Rivera.

--The Oakland Raiders signed guard Denzelle Good to a one-year contract
extension, preventing him from hitting free agency. Good, who earned $1.8
million on a one-year deal with Oakland last season, started five games this
season.

--The first wave of injury replacements for the Pro Bowl were announced
Thursday. Among them:

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper for Bucs WR Mike Evans

Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith for Panthers LB Luke Kuechly

Bears CB Kyle Fuller for Rams CB Jalen Ramsey

Browns OG Joel Bitonio for Steelers OG David DeCastro

Panthers OG Trai Turner for Eagles OG Brandon Brooks

Colts OG Ryan Kelly for Steelers OG Maurkice Pouncey

--Field Level Media