Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Roethlisberger out; Polamalu, Brown in

PITTSBURGH — For the third straight game, the Steelers will be without their star quarterback. At least they will have the quarterback of their defense and reigning team MVP.

Ben Roethlisberger won't play Sunday in Baltimore, the team said Friday, so Charlie Batch will make his second start for Pittsburgh, which is 0-2 without Roethlisberger this season. But unlike the losses to the Ravens and Browns, the Steelers likely will have safety Troy Polamalu (right calf) and receiver Antonio Brown (ankle).

Brown, voted MVP by his teammates last season, was hurt against the Giants on Nov. 5. Polamalu, a five-time All-Pro, has not played a full game since the opener. He returned Oct. 7 but left in the first quarter.

Roethlisberger threw only briefly Friday. He sprained his right shoulder and dislocated a rib against the Chiefs on Nov. 12. With top backup Byron Leftwich (ribs) also out, the Steelers turn again to Batch, 37.

Raider suspension: Oakland suspended linebacker Rolando McClain for two games for what it called only conduct detrimental to the team. McClain, the eighth overall pick in 2010, has struggled this year and seen his playing time reduced. In 41 games, he has 6½ sacks and one interception.

Bengals: Receiver Mohamed Sanu has a stress fracture in his foot and might be out for the season.

Cowboys: Owner Jerry Jones said it "looks like" running back DeMarco Murray will play Sunday. He has been out with a sprained right foot.

Eagles: Quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will miss their second straight games because of concussions.

49ers: Defensive lineman and special teams standout Demarcus Dobbs won't play after being arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Jets: Backup quarterback Tim Tebow might be inactive Sunday because of two broken ribs.

Ravens: Linebacker Ray Lewis, out with a torn triceps, is expected to return Dec. 16 to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos, ESPN reported.

Titans: Linebacker and Clearwater Central Catholic grad Colin McCarthy will sit with a concussion sustained last week against the Jaguars.

Fines: Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth and Raiders defensive linemen Desmond Bryant, Lamarr Houston, Tommy Kelly and Matt Shaughnessy were fined $26,250 each for fighting Sunday. Other fines: Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall $35,750, horse-collar tackle and late hit; Panthers running back Mike Tolbert $21,000, blindside block; Packers safety Jerron McMillian $21,000, helmet-to-helmet hit; Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley $20,000, kicking 49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone's helmet; Texans defensive end J.J. Watt $15,750, hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford; Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher $15,750, horse-collar tackle on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson; Rams defensive end Chris Long $15,750, striking Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley in the head; and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler $10,000, throwing the ball at Vikings corner AJ Jefferson.

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