TRUBISKY WILL START
Bears remove QB from injury list as team prepares to take on NFC-leading Rams
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.
LB SORRY FOR TRASH TALK
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.
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.