Cavs’ list of injured players grows...Eagles optimistic Sproles will play again...Bruins grant Rask leave
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers’ injury list continues to grow, with starting forward Cedi Osman the latest addition. Osman will miss tomorrow’s game at Chicago with back spasms that forced him to leave Wednesday’s loss to Orlando. The 1-10 Cavs are missing three other starters — All-Star forward Kevin Love, point guard George Hill and backup forward Sam Dekker, who moved into the starting lineup before Love underwent foot surgery. Coach Larry Drew says Osman will miss one game and be reassessed.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles coach Doug Pederson says he optimistic running back Darren Sproles will play again this season despite suffering a setback with his hamstring injury. The 35-year-old Sproles returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the previous seven games but re-injured his hamstring and won’t play against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Sproles tore his ACL and broke his arm on the same play last September and missed the rest of the season. Cornerback Jalen Mills is unlikely to play Sunday because of a foot injury.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is listed as doubtful for the team’s game against Buffalo, making it unlikely he will serve as Josh McCown’s backup. Darnold didn’t practice all week after straining his right foot last Sunday in the Jets’ 13-6 loss at Miami. Davis Webb is likely to be signed from the practice squad to the active roster to provide insurance for the 39-year-old McCown, who will make his first start of the season.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott is backing off his previous commitment of having Nathan Peterman start against the New York Jets if rookie Josh Allen isn’t cleared to play. McDermott reversed course today after he ruled out Derek Anderson and said Allen’s status remains uncertain. Peterman has thrown seven interceptions in four appearances this season, including three in a 41-9 loss to Chicago last weekend. The other option to start Sunday is Matt Barkley, who was acquired by the Bills on Oct. 30.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins say goaltender Tuukka Rask (TOO’-kah rask) has been granted a leave of absence from the team for a personal matter. The team didn’t offer an explanation, but general manager Don Sweeney says it’s not health-related. Rask has started only seven of the Bruins’ 15 games this season and acknowledged being outplayed recently by Jaroslav Halak (YAR’-oh-slahv HAL’-ahk).