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.