Payne (undisclosed) was cut by the Jaguars with a failed injury designation on Thursday, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports. Payne appeared in seven games in 2018 before suffering a sprained MCL. In those games, the Stetson product didn't see the field on defense and recorded both of his tackles and recovered a fumble on special teams over 111 snaps. Payne's injury played a role in his release from Jacksonville, but it's unknown exactly what that injury is -- it could very well have something to do with the MCL injury he sustained in the 2018 season. More information should surface about the 24-year-old's health as the offseason goes on and as he searches for another team.
The Jaguars activated Payne (knee) from injured reserve Friday, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports. Payne appears to have fully recovered from an MCL sprain sustained in late October, and rejoins Jacksonville's active roster in time for the season finale. The 24-year-old could see rotational snaps during Sunday's game against the Texans.
Payne (knee) was designated to return off injured reserve by the Jaguars on Wednesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports. Payne landed on injured reserve with an MCL sprain in late October but could now have a chance to play again this season. The 24-year-old's initial recovery timetable was three to four weeks, so even if the injury was worse than originally feared, there has been significant time for him to rehab extensively. Typically, there is a 21-day window in which players are allowed to practice before the team must decide to activate them off injured reserve, but that timeline is accelerated with only two weeks left in the regular season and the Jaguars out of the playoff picture. Payne didn't play a defensive snap in seven games before suffering the injury, and would likely return in a similar special-teams role if activated.
Payne is expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks after sustaining an MCL sprain in Sunday's 20-7 loss to the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Payne sees the overwhelming majority of his snaps on special teams, so his potential absence should go largely unnoticed in IDP leagues. Fortunately for Payne, the Jaguars are on bye in Week 9, so if his timetable holds true, he could be sidelined as little as one game with the injury.
Payne is questionable to return to Sunday's game with a knee injury, Tad Dickman of the Jaguars' PR Staff reports. Payne will have to convince the medical staff that he's good to go before he can trot back out there. In the meantime, Blair Brown and Lerentee McCray could be asked to slide into Payne's spot as the primary reserve to Myles Jack.
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