NFL roundup: Latest league news from Saturday, Sept. 11

Miami Dolphins starting left tackle and 2020 first-rounder Austin Jackson has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list the team announced Saturday.

Now the question becomes whether he’ll be able to play Sunday when the Fins open up against the AFC East-rival New England Patriots.

Following his activation, Jackson was placed on the Dolphins’ injury report with a questionable designation. The team’s announcement added Jackson is traveling separate from the team.

A player must be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list by 4 p.m. ET Saturday to have a chance to play on Sunday even though final clearance will not come until Sunday morning, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero noted. Should Jackson get clearance, he would be the first fully vaccinated player to test positive for COVID and return to play in the same week, Pelissero reported. Jackson tested positive on Monday along with teammate Adam Shaheen, who is unvaccinated and required to miss at least 10 days.

As a rookie last year, Jackson played in 13 games with 12 starts.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith was removed from the team’s injury report on Saturday and will play Sunday against the Bills, the team announced. Highsmith was originally listed as questionable with a groin injury.
  • The Detroit Lions are placing left tackle Taylor Decker on injured reserve, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Roster signings

  • The Seattle Seahawks activated linebacker Jon Rhattigan from the practice squad on Saturday. Rhattigan is an undrafted rookie out of Army and set to make his NFL debut on Sunday.
  • The Indianapolis Colts announced they had signed running back Nyheim Hines to a contract extension, which was initially reported on Friday.
  • The Cleveland Browns have elevated linebacker Elijah Lee and kicker Chris Naggar to the active roster.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles signed left tackle Jordan Mailata to a four-year extension through the 2025 season, the team announced. The deal is worth $64 million and up to $80 million with $40.85 guaranteed, Rapoport reported.

Roster cuts

  • The Seattle Seahawks released tight end DeShon Williams from the practice squad.

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