New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is on his way back from the injured reserve list, as first reported by NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill. Underhill reported after the Nov. 1 Chicago Bears game in which Rankins was injured that he would miss about three weeks, and that’s been the case.
After landing on I.R. back on Nov. 6, Rankins was designated to return on Nov. 25 after sitting out games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, and Atlanta Falcons. The NFL tweaked injured reserve rules for the 2020 season due to expected COVID-19 absences, allowing teams to send players to and from I.R. as often as needed so long as they spend at least three weeks on reserve, and the Saints have again benefited from the rules change.