Payne had seven tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 33-31 loss to the Texans.
The rookie first-round pick came through with the largest tackle total of his career in a game that saw the Texans unexpectedly go run-heavy. Payne has lived up to expectations with 34 tackles and three sacks in 10 games, but he may have a tough time against the stout Cowboys O-line on Thanksgiving day.
Payne (ankle) notched his first career sack during Thursday's preseason game against the Jets.
Payne missed some practice time due to an ankle issue, but he was aiming to return to the field during Thursday's preseason contest. He made his presence felt in his first preseason action, notching chasing down Jets rookie Sam Darnold. Assuming he can stay healthy, the big man is expected to rotate in on the defensive line this season.
Payne (ankle) returned to practice Saturday but is still questionable to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Jets, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
While Payne practicing is a good sign for his health, it doesn't look like the Redskins are going to force the rookie back onto the field. Payne had originally aimed to make a return this week, so his status for Thursday depends entirely on whether or not he can start putting together full practices in the next few days.
Payne (ankle) has removed the walking boot, Kimberley A. Martin of The Washington Post reports.
Payne is still expected to miss another week or two based on the initial timeline, but ridding himself of the walking boot is certainly a step in the right direction.
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