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Latest NFL News & Rumors: Monday, November 21

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (8) prepares for a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts likely done for the season

  • Pitts suffered a torn MCL during Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears and is likely to undergo surgery. Pitts has been placed on injured reserve (IR), and there’s concern he might miss the rest of the season.
  • The former No. 4 overall pick has 28 receptions for 356 yards and two touchdowns on the season. His 72.7 PFF grade and 76.6 receiving grade are both top-10 among tight ends. 
  • With Pitts out, Atlanta currently has four other tight ends on their active roster: MyCole Pruitt, Parker Hesse, Anthony Firkser and Feleipe Franks

Denver Broncos move on from RB Melvin Gordon

  • Denver waived Gordon after he fumbled for a fifth time this season during Sunday’s loss to Las Vegas.
  • Gordon leads Denver in carries (90) and rushing yards (318) this season, mainly because second-year running back Javonte Williams tore his ACL in Week 4. 
  • Denver brought back Gordon on a one-year deal this past offseason. His 49.1 PFF grade is the lowest of his career.
  • Latavius Murray and Marlon Mack, both signed off other teams’ practice squads, will take over. Veteran Chase Edmonds, acquired in the Bradley Chubb trade, suffered a high-ankle sprain on Sunday and will miss a few weeks. Mike Boone is eligible to return from IR after Week 13 while Devine Ozigbo is on the practice squad.

New York Giants WR Wan'Dale Robinson tears ACL

  • The second-round pick out of Kentucky was having the best game of his young career, hauling in nine passes for 100 yards. He suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter.
  • Robinson's rookie season ends with 23 catches for 227 yards and a touchdown in six games. He earned a 72.0 PFF grade, fourth among qualifying rookie receivers.
  • Robinson is a key loss for a Giants team that is thin at the receiver position. Darius Slayton, Kenny Golladay, Isaiah Hodgins, Richie James, David Sills and Marcus Johnson are currently the only healthy receivers on the Giants' active roster.
  • The Giants also got bad news on top CB Adoree’ Jackson, who will miss 4-6 weeks due to a knee injury.

Detroit Lions designate WR Jameson Williams to return

  • The Lions traded up from No. 32 to No. 12 to draft Williams in April’s draft. They’ve taken the slow approach with him as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered in the National Championship Game while playing for Alabama in January.
  • Williams was one of the most electric players in all of college football last season, hauling in 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. He ranked among the top five among FBS receivers in touchdowns on deep passes, yards after the catch per reception and yards per deep route run.
  • Detroit is on a three-game winning streak. It takes on the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, and Williams should be joining the team in the near future.

Washington Commanders activate Chase Young

  • There’s no guarantee Young plays this week, but he’s getting very close. Head coach Ron Rivera said the team will ease him in once he’s on the field, playing roughly 12-16 snaps before eventually ramping up to 20-30 snaps per game.
  • The former No. 2 overall pick suffered a torn ACL in Week 10 of last season and there was some additional damage as well. 
  • Young earned the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2020 with 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. His 87.1 PFF grade that season ranked fifth among all qualifying edge rushers.
  • He’s also been one of the more productive players at the position against the run, grading in the 92nd percentile among all edge defenders in PFF run-defense grade since entering the league.
  • Washington has won five out of their last six games and are all of a sudden over .500 on the season. They’ll host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12.
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