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NFL notebook: QB McCown to start for Jets Sunday

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09 Nov 2018, 10:16 GMT+10

New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has been ruled out as a starter for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills because of a foot injury.

That means veteran quarterback Josh McCown will make his first start of the season on Sunday.

While Jets coach Todd Bowles announced on Thursday that Darnold would not be the starter, he did not rule out the possibility that Darnold would be active and serve as McCown's backup against the Bills.

If the Jets decide not to have Darnold on the 53-man active roster, they could pull up quarterback Davis Webb from the practice squad.

Darnold played poorly in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins, throwing four interceptions with no touchdown passes. He suffered his injury during that game.

For the season he has more interceptions (14) than scoring passes (11).

The 39-year-old McCown has not attempted a pass this season, but he started 13 games for the Jets last season, when he completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,926 yards, 18 touchdown and nine interceptions.

--Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was cited Thursday morning after he allegedly was traveling more than 100 mph while driving on Pittsburgh streets, multiple media outlets reported .

The incident took place hours before the Steelers were scheduled to face the Carolina Panthers in a Thursday night game.

WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh reported that Brown, who was driving a black Porsche, was charged with reckless driving after speeding past an officer.

Brown has been selected to the first-team All-Pro squad each of the past four seasons, and he has 51 receptions for 594 yards and nine touchdowns through eight games this season.

--Wally Triplett, a Detroit Lions legend who was the first African-American player to be drafted and play in the league, died Thursday morning. He was 92.

Triplett was selected by the Lions in the 19th round of the 1949 NFL Draft, and he was a running back and return specialist for the Lions from 1949 through 1950.

In his second season, he had an NFL-record 294 kickoff return yards, a mark that stood for 44 years and still ranks third all-time.

His NFL career was interrupted when he began service in the Korean War. He played two more seasons after that with the Chicago Cardinals from 1952 through 1953.

Triplett was a three-year letterman at Penn State, where he was the first African-American to ever start for the Nittany Lions.

--Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said that a moment of silence will be held prior to the start of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in memory of the victims of Wednesday's shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

A gunman killed 12 people, including Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night. The gunman then killed himself.

The incident occurred less than five miles from the Rams' practice facility on the campus of Cal Lutheran University.

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