NFL injury updates, latest league news from Saturday, Jan. 1

Two of the Carolina Panthers‘ top defenders will be available to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Defensive end Brian Burns and linebacker Shaq Thompson have cleared COVID-19 protocols and will travel Saturday and play Sunday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday morning.

Burns and Thompson were each placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Burns has produced nine sacks, 48 tackles, 17 QB hits and 13 tackles for loss through 15 games and was voted to his first Pro Bowl.

Thompson’s compiled 91 tackles in just 12 games.


  • The Pittsburgh Steelers activated defensive end Isaiah Buggs from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Roster moves

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers signed linebacker Tegray Scales from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.

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