Tru­bisky will start

Bears re­move QB from in­jury list as team pre­pares to take on Nfc-lead­ing Rams

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The Chicago Bears re­moved quar­ter­back Mitchell Tru­bisky from their in­jury list Fri­day, clear­ing the way for a start Sun­day night against the Los An­ge­les Rams.

“Well, he put to­gether three re­ally good days in prac­tice,” coach Matt Nagy said. “I thought the ve­loc­ity on his throws was good, his de­ci­sion mak­ing just get­ting in and out of the huddle, that part was easy. The main thing was for us, see­ing con­di­tion­ing-wise, be­ing able to see can he hold up with that, and he did. He did well.”

Nagy said there should be no lim­i­ta­tions on Tru­bisky, who missed the last two games with a right shoul­der in­jury.

“We’re go­ing to play our of­fence and we’re go­ing to do what he does and then there’s some things that we may — de­pend­ing on what we feel like — but for the most part we’re not pulling back in any re­gards,” Nagy said.

Tru­bisky led all NFL quar­ter­backs in rush­ing with 363 yards be­fore his in­jury Nov. 18 against the Min­nesota Vik­ings. Nagy said how Tru­bisky’s shoul­der can hold up in the run­ning game and against a pass rusher is some­thing the coach­ing staff has ad­dressed while talk­ing with the quar­ter­back.

Signs POINT TO DARNOLD

The New York Jets’ start­ing quar­ter­back against the Buf­falo Bills is ... still to be de­ter­mined.

All signs in­di­cate it will be rookie Sam Darnold un­der cen­tre af­ter he was a full par­tic­i­pant at prac­tice all week fol­low­ing miss­ing three games with a strained right foot. Coach Todd Bowles de­clined, how­ever, to an­nounce Fri­day whether it will be Darnold or Josh Mccown.

“We’ll de­cide that on Sun­day,” Bowles said. “Be­tween him and Josh, they both had good weeks.”

If Darnold plays, it would be his first game ac­tion since be­ing in­jured against Mi­ami on Nov. 4. Darnold was re­placed the last three games by Mccown, who had one touch­down pass and four in­ter­cep­tions while the Jets went 0-3.

JETS’ lee SUS­PENDED

New York Jets line­backer Dar­ron Lee has been sus­pended four games by the NFL for vi­o­lat­ing its sub­stance abuse pol­icy.

The league an­nounced the sus­pen­sion Fri­day, a few hours af­ter the Jets com­pleted their last full prac­tice be­fore leav­ing for Buf­falo to play the Bills on Sun­day.

The sus­pen­sion be­gins im­me­di­ately, mean­ing Lee will sit out the team’s fi­nal four games of the sea­son.

Ea­gles line­backer Kamu Grugier-hill says he apol­o­gized to coach Doug Ped­er­son for trash talk­ing the Dal­las Cow­boys ear­lier this week.

Grugier-hill told a Philadel­phia tele­vi­sion re­porter on Wed­nes­day: “Look at Dal­las’ his­tory. They al­ways choke. So we’ll go down there and make them choke.”

The de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Ea­gles (6-6) visit the Cow­boys (7-5) on Sun­day with first place in the NFC East on the line.

Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott re­sponded Thurs­day first by ask­ing “who” when told of Grugier-hill’s com­ments.

“Coach (Ja­son) Gar­rett has a great say­ing, and I don’t know where he got it from, but win­ners worry about win­ning and losers worry about win­ners,” Prescott added.

Grugier-hill wasn’t avail­able un­til Fri­day. He ex­pressed re­gret to Ped­er­son be­cause he said he put his coach “in a tough spot.”

“It’s a ri­valry game. I didn’t think too much about it. I didn’t mean to dis­re­spect this or­ga­ni­za­tion or coach Ped­er­son,” Grugier-hill said. “I have a lot of con­fi­dence in the guys and in my­self go­ing into this game, and I’m ready to play.

Ped­er­son made it clear to the third-year player the com­ments were un­nec­es­sary.

“First of all, the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, my­self, we have a ton of re­spect for the Cow­boys,” Ped­er­son said. “It has noth­ing to do with that, we have a ton of re­spect for coach Gar­rett . ... It’s un­for­tu­nate that the com­ments were made. I talk to the team a lot about how we don’t need to post any­thing that can be used on other team’s web­site or bul­letin board.”

JONES EX­PECTED TO Play

Af­ter miss­ing prac­tice Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day with a foot in­jury, At­lanta Fal­cons wide re­ceiver Julio Jones had lim­ited par­tic­i­pa­tion on Fri­day and is ex­pected to play in Sun­day’s game at Green Bay. Jones was re­moved from At­lanta’s in­jury re­port.

Backup tight end Lo­gan Paulsen was ruled out with knee and an­kle in­juries. Kicker Matt Bryant is ques­tion­able with a back in­jury. Wide re­ceiver Calvin Ri­d­ley (hand, el­bow) and de­fen­sive tackle Grady Jar­rett (shoul­der) also were lim­ited on Fri­day but are ex­pected to play.

FOR­MER lb killed

For­mer two-time All-pro line­backer Isa­iah Robert­son was killed when the limou­sine he was driv­ing skid­ded on a rain-slicked curve on a dark, ru­ral East Texas high­way and was hit by two other ve­hi­cles.

The Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety re­ports the crash hap­pened about 10 p.m. Thurs­day 50 miles south­east of Dal­las.

Robert­son, a 69-year-old Gar­land, Texas res­i­dent, was taken to an Athens, Texas, hos­pi­tal 20 miles away, where he died.

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Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Tru­bisky led all NFL quar­ter­backs in rush­ing with 363 yards be­fore his in­jury Nov. 18 against the Min­nesota Vik­ings. He leads the Bears against the Los An­ge­les Rams on Sun­day.

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