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Field goal as time expires lifts Titans

NASHVILLE — Rod Bironas' 40-yard field goal as time expired gave the Titans a 26-23 win over the Steelers on Thursday night.

Tennessee got the ball at its 45 with 48 seconds left after Pittsburgh's Shaun Suisham came up short on a 54-yard field goal. On the third play, tight end Jared Cook turned a short pass into a 25-yard gain to the 25.

The Titans tied it on Kenny Britt's 5-yard catch with 4:19 left. That capped an 80-yard drive that was extended when cornerback Ike Taylor was called for holding on a third-and-10 incompletion.

Earlier, Ben Roethlisberger passed Terry Bradshaw as the Steelers' career passing leader. He entered needing 286 yards to tie Bradshaw's 27,989, and he finished with 363. Bradshaw did it in 168 games; Roethlisberger in 119.

Pittsburgh also lost center Maurkice Pouncey. On the first play from scrimmage, the ex-Gator was blocking when it appeared Pittsburgh right tackle Marcus Gilbert rolled up on his leg. His status was unknown.

Ex-Gator calls his gay tweet a joke

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Pat­riots linebacker Brandon Spikes said he was joking when he tweeted he was "homophobic."

The former Gator tweeted Wednesday, "I'm homophobic just like I'm arachnophobic. I have nothing against homosexuals or spiders, but I'd still scream if I found one in my bathtub!"

After receiving several negative comments on Twitter, he tweeted, "PEOPLE !!!! It's a joke … seriously a JOKE !!! Chill out."

Discipline: Jets guard Matt Slauson was fined $10,000 by the league for Monday's season-ending hit on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, the Associated Press and Fox Sports reported. The league said only it was looking into the incident. Cushing tore his left ACL on a blindside hit.

Bills: Defensive tackle Kyle Williams missed his second straight practice because of an undisclosed ankle injury. His status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Broncos: Receiver Demaryius Thomas missed practice with a sore hip. His status for Monday has not been determined.

Browns: Linebacker and Seminole High graduate D'Qwell Jackson returned to practice four days after sustaining a concussion and likely will play Sunday.

Colts: Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Robert Mathis will miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained left knee sustained Sunday.

Dolphins: Leading rusher Reggie Bush was limited at practice by a sore left knee. He hurt it Sept. 23 against the Jets but has not missed any time. His backup, Daniel Thomas, hasn't practiced this week after sustaining his second concussion of the season Sunday. Their status has not been determined.

Giants: Receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has missed three games with knee and foot injuries, returned to practice. His status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Jets: Backup nose tackle Kenrick Ellis will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee sustained Monday against the Texans. And safety Eric Smith will sit out Sunday with a sprained knee sustained Monday.

Lions: Police in Dearborn, Mich., are investigating allegations that defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh sideswiped a car then tried to intimidate the other driver, a Detroit TV station reported. Steve Vines said police told him to meet them at the Lions' practice facility: "That's when (Suh) said, 'I advise you to leave, now.' " Suh was unavailable for comment.

Redskins: Coach Mike Shanahan said quarterback Robert Griffin III looked "good" in his second practice since sustaining a concussion against the Falcons and is expected to start Sunday.

Vikings: Reserve defensive end and special teams standout Everson Griffen was excused indefinitely from the team after the death of his mother.

London game: The 49ers and Jaguars will play a regular-season game at Wembley Stadium in 2013. Jacksonville previously agreed to play games there from 2013-16.

Field goal as time expires lifts Titans 10/11/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 12:39am]
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