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NFL News – Wednesday, December 30, 2020 • First and Ten

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In the midweek NFL news: Head coach Ron Rivera is upbeat about the availability of QB Alex Smith; RB Dalvin Cook will not play in week 17 and beyond.

Rivera, optimistic with Smith’s availability

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that QB Alex Smith can play in Sunday Night Football week 17 against the Eagles. The team is not directly sure if he will be ready until the veteran is training and testing his calf, which is what left him absent in week 16. Taylor Heinicke will be the starter if Smith cannot play.

Cook won’t play the Lions on Sunday

Sad situation within the NFL news. Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will not be available in week 17 against the Lions because he had to travel to Miami after the death of his father, James, at 46 years of age. The running back will be attending to the family matter during the week at home, so he will not report with the Vikings in Detroit.

Kupp placed on the COVID-19 list

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and is doubtful to face the Cardinals in week 17. The receiver would enter the five-day window to be reactivated to the roster, but it is unlikely to occur. The Rams will be without QB Jared Goff, without RB Darrell Henderson and probably without one of their top WRs when they meet Arizona.

NFL establishes new rule on practice squad

The NFL Board of Directors and the NFL Players Association agreed that from now on there will be unlimited rises from the practice squad to the active roster without a player having to pass waivers during the 2021 NFL Playoffs. Previously, a player could only be lifted twice straight for a match at standard lifts.

Robinson won’t play the Colts on Sunday

James Robinson, RB de los Jacksonville Jaguars. Foto: Getty Images.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said rookie RB James Robinson will not play for the second straight game due to his ankle discomfort. The first-year player finishes that season with 1,070 yards and 7 TDs. The coach also announced that QB Mike Glennon will be back under center for the Jaguars.

New positive cases within the Browns

The Cleveland Browns have new positive cases of COVID-19 after they learned that a coach and a player from the practice squad presented these results. LB BJ Goodson tested positive late last week and several colleagues were isolated as high-risk contacts. Yesterday another player tested positive and two close contacts were isolated. The facilities were closed in accordance with the security protocols.

This is today’s NFL news.

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