Eagles: The season-long Darren Sproles injury debacle deepened with a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter stating that Sproles had aggravated his hamstring injury in his return to practice Wednesday, sidelining the back for Sunday night’s visit from the Dallas Cowboys. Bears: Two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson look as if they’re just about ready to return after missing Chicago’s past two games because of injuries.
Jets: Sam Darnold will not start for the Jets on Sunday against the Bills, coach Todd Bowles told reporters, but the rookie quarterback has not been ruled out altogether. Josh McCown will start for the Jets on Sunday. Darnold, is dealing with a right foot strain.
Raiders: Oakland defensive coordinator Paul Guenther denied there is any friction between him and coach Jon Gruden and said the two remain united in trying to improve a team that has been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL this season.
Obit: Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, has died. He was 92. The Detroit Lions and Penn State announced Triplett’s death Thursday. Triplett was the third AfricanAmerican selected in the 1949 draft, but he was the first of those draftees to play in a regular-season game. He played in 24 games for the Lions and Chicago Cardinals.