Running back Todd Gurley has been ruled out of the Rams’ regular-season finale against the 49ers on Sunday in Los Angeles because of a knee injury.
Safety Lamarcus Joyner also won’t play in Sunday’s game.
“Those guys are making progress, but we don’t feel like it’s going to be at the point where they’ll be ready to go,” head coach Sean McVay said Friday. “So we want to continue to be smart with that.”
The Rams can clinch a first-round postseason bye with a win over the 49ers or a loss by Chicago in Minnesota.
Gurley is the NFL’s second-leading rusher with 1,251 yards, and he leads the league with 21 touchdowns .
•Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown is questionable for his team’s must-win, regular-season finale against visiting Cincinnati on Sunday. He missed all three practices this week because of a knee injury.
•Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota is questionable for his team’s game against visiting Indianapolis on Sunday because of a shoulder stinger. Both the Titans and Colts are competing for a playoff berth.
•Kansas City safety Eric Berry missed practice after the heel injury that kept him out most of the season acted up, leaving his status for Sunday’s home game against the Raiders in question. The Chiefs can clinch the AFC West and No. 1 seed in the playoffs by defeating Oakland.
Hanging ’em up: Buffalo defensive tackle Kyle Williams, a five-time Pro Bowler, announced that he will retire after the Bills host Miami on Sunday.
“I love my team. I love competing. But at the end of the day, it comes down to what are the most important things,” said Williams, 35. “I don’t know if there’s ever a good time, whether it’s now or whether it’s two years from now. It’s going to hurt walking away.”
Raiders’ bonuses: The Raiders took a step this week toward locking in several players for next season.
ESPN’s Field Yates reported the Raiders paid 2019 roster bonuses to receiver Jordy Nelson ($3.6 million), linebackers Tahir Whitehead ($3.325 million) and Kyle Wilber ($500,000) and tight end Lee Smith ($1.1 million).
Nelson, 33, said this week he plans to return for the final season of the two-year, $14.2 million contract he signed with the Raiders in March. Nelson ranks second on the Raiders in receiving yards (661) and third in catches (54).
Whitehead, who signed a three-year, $19 million deal before this season, leads the Raiders with 117 tackles and has played all but three defensive snaps. Wilber is a versatile special-teams player who has also appeared in pass-rush situations lately. Smith is the team’s primary blocking tight end and has been used recently as a passing target in goal-line situations, with touchdown catches in three consecutive games from Weeks 13 through 15.
Briefly: Denver running back Phillip Lindsay was placed on injured reserve. Lindsay was scheduled for wrist surgery Friday after he was injured in the Broncos’ loss to the Raiders on Monday. He is expected to spend six weeks in a cast and six in a splint and will miss the Pro Bowl next month after becoming the first undrafted rookie offensive player to be selected for the game. … Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa signed a four-year, $36 million extension that includes $20 million in guarantees. Enunwa is a fifth-year player who has 38 receptions for 499 yards and one touchdown.
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