Thursday's NFL injury and roster news ahead of Super Wild Card Weekend

The Titans got their kicker back.

Stephen Gostkowski was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. After missing the regular-season finale, the veteran is now on track to play Sunday against the Ravens.

Of course, he’s no stranger to the postseason. The three-time Super Bowl winner has also rebounded from an inauspicious start in Tennessee. Gostkowski has connected on eight of his last nine field goals, this after missing seven of his first 17.

The Titans also placed offensive lineman Aaron Brewer on the COVID list.

Here’s other injury and roster news we’re tracking Thursday ahead of Super Wild Card Weekend:

  • Former Colts safety Antoine Bethea announced via Twitter he is retiring after 14 seasons. He last appeared with the Giants in 2019 but spent the first years of his career in Indianapolis, where he won a Super Bowl and made two Pro Bowls. Bethea made a third with the 49ers and also played for the Cardinals.
  • Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke took first-team reps during the open portion of practice while Alex Smith (calf) was off to the side without a helmet.
  • Bills wide receivers Stefon Diggs (oblique) and Cole Beasley (knee) returned to practice after sitting out the previous day. While Diggs was limited Tuesday and has asserted he’s fine, Beasley’s status for Saturday against the Colts isn’t as clear after also missing last week’s regular-season finale.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers activated tight end Eric Ebron and linebacker Cassius Marsh from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman DeForest Buckner practiced Thursday after being listed DNP in Wednesday’s walk-through. Safety Khari Willis, who’s been in the concussion protocol, practiced without a non-contact jersey.

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