The Panthers placed Roberts (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Roberts, who dealt with a knee injury during the preseason, was diagnosed with a PCL sprain after playing in Sunday's season-opening loss to the Browns, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Though Roberts will avoid surgery, he'll be forced to miss at least four games after landing on IR. In his absence, Shi Smith is expected to take over as the primary punt returner, while Chuba Hubbard and Laviska Shenault would be options on kickoffs.
Sep 13, 2022 1:25 PM EST
Coach Matt Rhule said Tuesday that Roberts' knee injury "could be an issue," Schuyler Callihan of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Roberts has been dealing with his knee injury since the preseason, but he appears to have aggravated the issue Week 1. If the veteran wideout is forced to miss time, Shi Smith and Chuba Hubbard will stand step up in the return game.
Sep 13, 2022 8:52 AM EST
The Panthers signed Roberts to a one-year deal Monday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Roberts has caught just 19 passes over the last five seasons, but he's a proven return man, which was a glaring need for Carolina this offseason. The veteran has six career return touchdowns, including a 101-yard kickoff return against the Broncos last season.
May 3, 2022 10:02 AM EST
Roberts was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: The wide receiver missed Week 16 after testing positive for COVID-19 last Monday. Roberts will be back returning kicks for the Chargers in Week 17 against the Broncos, a spot where he has logged a total of 429 return yards.
Dec 28, 2021 5:15 PM EST
Roberts (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Roberts has mostly operated as a return specialist since joining the Chargers in October. If he's unable to clear the NFL's health and safety protocols by Sunday, then Nasir Adderley would likely take over as the primary kick returner during the team's Week 16 matchup with the Texans.
Dec 20, 2021 3:59 PM EST
Roberts signed a contract with the Chargers on Thursday.
Analysis: Roberts was let go by the Texans on Monday but will now have a week and a half to learn the Chargers' system prior to the Week 8 matchup against the Patriots on Oct. 31. He'll presumably serve as the primary kick returner if Nasir Adderley (hip) is unable to return after the bye week.
Oct 21, 2021 3:14 PM EST
The Chargers are expected to sign Roberts on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Roberts was released by the Texans on Monday and appears to have quickly found a new team. Nasir Adderley, the Chargers primary kick returner and starting free safety, had to leave Week 6 early with a hip injury, so if Roberts is signed, then he may take over return duties when the Chargers return from their bye week.
Oct 20, 2021 11:29 AM EST
Roberts was released by the Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Roberts was utilized primarily as a kick and punt returner through the first six weeks of the season, racking up 386 kick return yards and 33 punt return yards. He also hauled in one catch for 35 yards. Roberts will now look for work elsewhere following a brief stint with his seventh different NFL team.
Oct 18, 2021 8:07 PM EST
Roberts is expected to see more reps in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Patriots with Danny Amendola (thigh) inactive for the contest, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Houston's decision to release Anthony Miller earlier this week hinted that Amendola would likely be ready to play after missing the previous two contests, but the veteran slot man will ultimately sit out another game. Brandin Cooks and Chris Conley are locked in as starting receivers for Houston, and Roberts looks like the top candidate to fill out the No. 3 wideout spot ahead of Chris Moore and Davion Davis, who have combined to play just two snaps on offense this season. Roberts, meanwhile, has played 22 offensive snaps through Houston's first four games, recording a 35-yard reception across two targets.
Oct 10, 2021 9:29 AM EST
Roberts caught one of two targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: Roberts is normally a return specialist and played fewer than 200 offensive snaps in each season since 2016, but he was forced into action Sunday after injuries to Nico Collins (shoulder) and Danny Amendola (hamstring). This is the byproduct of carrying five running backs on the 53-man roster; the Texans only have six wide receivers and one, Roberts, is a return specialist. Collins and Amendola joined Anthony Miller, who was healthy but inactive after dealing with a shoulder injury during preseason, on the sidelines, forcing Houston offensive coordinator Tim Kelly to adapt.
Sep 20, 2021 6:01 AM EST
Roberts (knee) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coach David Culley previously said Roberts was expected to be available for the season opener, so it's not a major surprise to see him clear of the injury report. The 33-year-old is expected to handle return duties and work as a depth wideout during his first year in Houston.
Sep 8, 2021 6:49 PM EST
Coach David Culley said Monday that Roberts (knee) is on track for Sept. 12's season opener against the Jaguars, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Analysis: Culley said Roberts, who was sidelined for all of Houston's preseason matchups, "is progressing well." Per independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson, Roberts dealt with a bruised knee and had it drained. It will be a notable boon for the Texans if the Pro Bowl return specialist is indeed able to avoid missing any regular-season time.
Aug 30, 2021 2:17 PM EST
Roberts has been absent from practice as he rehabs from a bruised knee, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: Roberts was held out of all the Texans' preseason contests with an unknown injury which has now been disclosed as a bruised knee. Despite his inactivity there is no concern that he won't be ready for Week 1. The 33-year-old return specialist has amassed 200-plus punt-return yards in five straight seasons.
Aug 29, 2021 8:48 AM EST
Roberts hasn't been at practice recently for an unspecified reason, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: Roberts was held out of each of Houston's first two preseason games, and he apparently hasn't joined the team for practice recently. While the Texans haven't given a reason for the 33-year-old's absence, he's expected to be ready by Week 1. Assuming he's healthy for the start of the regular season, Roberts is expected to serve as the primary return man and depth at receiver.
Aug 26, 2021 9:44 AM EST
Roberts will not play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Packers, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: It has not been reported that Roberts is dealing with an injury, so it would appear the veteran is simply getting the night off. Roberts is in line to serve as the Texans' primary return man and as a reserve receiver for his new team.
Aug 14, 2021 4:21 PM EST
Roberts is signing a two-year contract with the Texans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The contract reportedly is worth up to $5.95 million, though some of that may be in unlikely-to-be-earned incentives. Roberts has primarily served as a return specialist throughout the second half of his career, reaching the Pro Bowl three straight seasons from 2018 to 2020. It's an odd luxury signing for a team that otherwise seems to be rebuilding, unless they for some reason think Roberts can re-emerge as a receiving threat in his age-33 campaign.
Mar 15, 2021 11:26 AM EST
Roberts (back) practiced fully Saturday after being limited in this week's other practice and does not have an injury designation for Monday's game at New England.
Analysis: The elite return man will resume his normal kickoff and punt return duties in the Monday Night Football matchup. Roberts leads the NFL by a good margin with 1,173 total return yards this season.
Dec 26, 2020 12:43 PM EST
Roberts, who exited the Week 15 win over the Broncos with a back injury, was listed as a limited participant on Thursday's practice report.
Analysis: Roberts has proven time after time that he's one of the league's best return men, so the Bills would love to have him back as close to full health as possible as they try to sweep the season series against the Patriots on Monday for the first time since 1999.
Dec 24, 2020 12:55 PM EST
Roberts (Achilles) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Roberts upgraded to a full practice Friday after a pair of limited sessions, clearing him to suit up. He has just two catches this season, but Roberts' value comes primarily as a return man on special teams, as he earned Pro Bowl honors in that role in each of the previous two campaigns.
Dec 11, 2020 11:51 AM EST
Roberts was limited for the second consecutive day Thursday due to an Achilles injury.
Analysis: Coach Sean McDermott tends to take it easy on his veterans, especially this time of year, so while Roberts' injury is something to keep an eye on, we're optimistic about him playing in such a big upcoming matchup this week when the Bills take on the Steelers.
Dec 10, 2020 12:37 PM EST
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