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Elway does not want Tebow to play it safe

DENVER — John Elway, the Broncos star QB now their vice president, said QB Tim Tebow needs to be willing to "pull the trigger," instead of playing it safe.

The ex-Gator has thrown four interceptions over Denver's last three games, all losses. Elway said he's worried Tebow started playing it too safe as the Broncos competed for a playoff berth.

"That's human nature, especially when you're young, to become more cautious," Elway said. "The key thing for (Tebow) is to go out, put everything behind him, go through his progressions and pull the trigger."

Asked about the remarks Wednesday, Tebow agreed.

"The more you get into tighter games, playoff games, you have to be aggressive," Tebow said. "You also have to be smart but be aggressive and pull the trigger at times."

Broncos coach John Fox said it's nothing new.

"That's what we've been telling him for some time," Fox said. "Hopefully, that's what he'll do on Sunday (against the Steelers)."

Roethlisberger hobbled: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he had a "setback" with his sprained left ankle during the regular-season finale but expects to play Sunday. He was limited in practice and walked to the trainer's room with a limp. He was hurt against the Browns on Dec. 8 and missed one game.

More Steelers: S Ryan Clark said he was grateful coach Mike Tomlin did not give him a choice about playing. He has a sickle-cell trait that becomes aggravated when playing at high elevations such as Denver. "It wasn't any fight," Clark said. "Does he seem like a man who changes his mind anyway?"

Bengals: QB Andy Dalton missed practice with the flu but is expected to return today.

Temperatures in Cincinnati dipped to 35 degrees with a wind chill of 27. Tuesday, it was 22 with a wind chill of 14.

The Bengals, who will play under a retractable roof in Houston, are the only northern team without a covered practice field in use or under construction. Under their stadium lease, they can cover one of the adjacent practice fields but would have to pay for it.

The University of Cincinnati previously approached the team about jointly building a covered field, but the Bengals declined. The school built one on its own, which the Bengals have declined to rent for $2,500 for four hours.

Said Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan: "The coaches determined there was not sufficient reason for us to get out of our regular element this week."

Texans: QB T.J. Yates, who missed most of the regular-season finale with a left shoulder injury, practiced fully for the second straight day. "I was able to throw the ball just fine," he said; "no pain."

Elway does not want Tebow to play it safe 01/04/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 11:00pm]
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