A man who has performed as the Kansas City Chiefs’ mascot for more than two decades is in stable condition after suffering a serious injury Saturday while rehearsing a zip line routine ahead of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. Dan Meers, 46, reportedly had back surgery Sunday. His attorney said his injuries appear to have been caused from how an outside company secured the riggings.


Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond has been suspended by the NFL for the team’s next four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He will be eligible to return to the active roster Dec. 23.

Eagles starter

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been named Philadelphia’s starter for the rest of the season.

Coach Chip Kelly made the announcement as the team returned from its bye week and began preparations for the Arizona Cardinals (7-4) Sunday.

The Eagles (6-5) are tied for first place in the NFC East with the Cowboys.


Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen is out for the season with a left knee injury. He will have surgery next week for cartilage damage. … Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has returned to practice on a limited basis but appears highly unlikely to play against the Detroit Lions on Thursday. Rodgers has been out since Nov. 4, when he hurt his left collarbone against Chicago. … Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has been activated from the 49ers’ physically unable to perform list. He hopes to make his season debut for San Francisco (7-4) in Sunday’s home game against St. Louis. … Quarterback Mark Sanchez (injured shoulder) says he “absolutely” could be back with the New York Jets next season.

Not a fan

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not a fan of his team’s wildcat formation, saying “it makes you look like a high school offense.”

In Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, the Ravens employed backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the wildcat. Taylor took five snaps and lined up as a receiver on seven other plays.