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An MRI was sched­uled to con­firm the ini­tial di­ag­no­sis.

Wild­fires im­pact Cal­i­for­nia teams: The Los An­ge­les Rams can­celed prac­tice af­ter a wild­fire forced about 20 play­ers and coaches to evac­u­ate their homes. They’ll cram their nor­mal Fri­day prep into a work­out at USC on Satur­day be­fore they host Seat­tle on Sun­day.

The 49ers and Raiders al­tered their work­outs as smoke from a North­ern Cal­i­for­nia blaze af­fected air qual­ity.

Safety rank­ings: Min­nesota’s Har­ri­son Smith was voted the top safety in the league by a panel of 10 foot­ball writ­ers, gar­ner­ing eight first-place votes to out­dis­tance the New York Gi­ants’ Lan­don Collins. Ea­gles: Coach Doug Ped­er­son says he op­ti­mistic run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les will play again this sea­son de­spite a set­back with his ham­string in­jury. Jets: Quar­ter­back Sam Darnold (foot) was listed as doubt­ful against Buf­falo, mak­ing it un­likely he will serve as Josh McCown’s backup.

Bills: Rookie quar­ter­back Josh Allen’s sta­tus with an el­bow sprain re­mains un­cer­tain and Derek An­der­son (con­cus­sion) def­i­nitely is out, mean­ing it might be Matt Barkley time for Buf­falo. Jaguars: Jack­sonville run­ning back Leonard Four­nette prac­ticed without lim­i­ta­tions, prompt­ing coach Doug Mar­rone to de­clare him “com­pletely healthy.”

Chiefs: Kansas City could be get­ting some much­needed help for its leaky de­fense with linebacker Justin Hous­ton (ham­string) and safety Daniel Sorensen (leg) ex­pected to play against Ari­zona. Cow­boys: Dal­las is do­ing more shuf­fling at re­ceiver as it tries to re­vive one of the NFL’s worst pass­ing at­tacks be­fore a crit­i­cal game at Philadel­phia. Waived was key off­sea­son free-agent pickup Deonte Thomp­son, while Noah Brown was ac­ti­vated off in­jured re­serve and Lance Lenoir pro­moted from the prac­tice squad.

Ti­tans: The NFL fined safety Kevin Byard

$10,026 for cel­e­brat­ing on the Cow­boys star af­ter an in­ter­cep­tion.

Rat­ings: Three of the league’s TV part­ners have shown rat­ings in­creases through nine weeks, wel­come news af­ter a 9.7 per­cent de­crease last sea­son and 8 per­cent in

2016. NBC’s “Sun­day Night Foot­ball” has shown the big­gest im­prove­ment at 8 per­cent, av­er­ag­ing

19.7 mil­lion view­ers.

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