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 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 3-to-4 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 suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday's loss to the Texans and was originally expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks. As evidenced by this news, the injury could be worse than what was first reported. Payne will need sit out a minimum of eight weeks on IR, so it's possible his season could be over. Fellow linebacker Blair Brown could see an up tick in snaps with Payne sidelined.
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 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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