Friday, April 27, 2018
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Roethlisberger not ruled out for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still in the mix to return to the lineup Sunday in Baltimore.

He was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. Roethlisberger is less than three weeks removed from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. He practiced in a limited capacity all week. If Roethlisberger can't go, Landry Jones will make his fourth career start.

Defensive end Cam Heyward, out a month with a hamstring injury, will return, as will right tackle Marcus Gilbert, out since a win over Kansas City last month with a left ankle injury.

FINE ROUNDUP: Packers linebacker Datone Jones was fined $36,464 by the NFL for his roughing-the-passer penalty against the Falcons on Sunday. Jones is a repeat offender. … The Cardinals' Calais Campbell and Rodney Gunter each was fined $18,231 for hits on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Also from that game, Carolina's Leonard Johnson has to pay $9,115 for unnecessary roughness after ripping Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer's helmet off. … The Bengals' Shawn Williams was docked $24,309 for spearing the Redskins' DeSean Jackson. … Also fined $24,309 for unnecessary roughness penalties were the Lions' Tavon Wilson and the Raiders' Karl Joseph, the latter in Oakland's record-setting penalty game against the Bucs on Sunday. The Raiders' Donald Penn was also hit with an $18,231 fine for unnecessary roughness against the Bucs, and receiver Michael Crabtree has to pay $9,115 for taunting. … The Bills' Nickell Robey-Coleman was fined $18,231 for unnecessary roughness after a late hit on the Patriots' Danny Amendola. … The Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey and Dante Fowler each were docked $9,115 for unnecessary roughness against the Titans.

Broncos: The team will be without Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib on Sunday night against the Raiders. Talib was sent for a cortisone injection in his lower back after missing a 27-19 victory over the Chargers on Sunday when his back stiffened during the walkthrough the day before. He missed practice all week.

Browns: Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler will start Sunday against the Cowboys and for the foreseeable future. Coach Hue Jackson wants to find out if Kessler, who returned to practice a few days ago after being sidelined since Oct. 23 with a concussion, can be Cleveland's long-term QB. Former Bucs QB Josh McCown, 37, started Sunday's loss to the Jets.

Chiefs: Quarterback Alex Smith and running back Spencer Ware won't play Sunday against the Jaguars because of blows to the head last weekend at Indianapolis. Smith is being held out as a precaution, the team said. Ware has a concussion.

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