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Roethlisberger cleared to play for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was removed from the NFL's concussion protocol and said Wednesday he had been cleared to play in Sunday night's game against the Colts.

Roethlisberger was a full participant in practice three days after being struck in the head late in Sunday's 39-30 loss at the Seahawks. He said on his weekly radio show Tuesday that he had passed tests and didn't have a concussion. However, coach Mike Tomlin said during his weekly news conference that Roethlisberger had been diagnosed with a concussion.

"I said I didn't know the results then but I felt good because when I left the training room the trainers told me this looks good," Roethlisberger said Wednesday. "That's why I said I didn't have a concussion and would be ready to go."

Roethlisberger took another test Wednesday morning and was told by trainers that he would be able to practice.

Goodell requests look at officiating: Commissioner Roger Goodell asked the league's competition committee to look into how games are officiated and the size of the rule book. Owners at their meetings in Irving, Texas, discussed the officiating, which is an integrity issue, Goodell said. The NFL has been plagued by missed and erroneous calls this season. Also at the meetings, owners set a special meeting to deal with a possible relocation of teams to Los Angeles for Jan. 12-13 in Houston.

Broncos: The team isn't ready to name Brock Osweiler its starting quarterback for the rest of the season. "No decision has been made on our QB situation beyond this week, contrary to speculation," the team said on Twitter after a report said Peyton Manning wouldn't return as the starter even when healthy. Manning remained in a walking cast on his left foot, which has a partially torn plantar fascia.

Browns: Coach Mike Pettine picked Austin Davis over Johnny Manziel to start Sunday against the Bengals. Starter Josh McCown broke his right collarbone Monday night against the Ravens and will miss the final five games. Pettine said his decision to play Davis and not Manziel — demoted for breaking a promise to coaches to behave during the bye week — had nothing to do with punishing one player but rewarding another.

Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck, recovering from a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle, said he has been throwing passes without pain but is still not healthy enough to return to practice.

Eagles: After missing the past two games because of a concussion and a separated nonthrowing shoulder, quarterback Sam Bradford sounded optimistic that he would return Sunday against the Patriots. Bradford was a full participant in practice. Coach Chip Kelly said coaches must see how Bradford feels after practices.

Rams: Quarterback Case Keenum remained in the concussion protocol, with Nick Foles getting the majority of snaps.

Roethlisberger cleared to play for Steelers 12/02/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 10:15pm]
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