Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Roethlisberger remains gimpy

PITTSBURGH — Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger practiced Thursday but remains bothered by a sprained left ankle heading into Sunday's game at Denver.

"He's moving around okay," Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. "Not as good as he was but okay."

Roethlisberger was hurt Dec. 8 against the Browns. He played the following game, sat out the next one and aggravated the injury during the season finale.

The injury limits Roethlisberger's mobility, but Arians said there are no plans to start 37-year-old Charlie Batch.

Not as good news: Steelers Pro Bowl C Maurkice Pouncey did not practice after his sprained left ankle developed additional soreness. Arians said he's concerned the former Gator might not be able to play. "I'm aggravated with it. I'm kind of stressed about it," said Pouncey, who has missed two games because of the injury. "I mean an injury prolonged this long is aggravating. Hopefully, I can push through it and see how this week goes."

Lots of yards, but … : The Broncos had the best running game in the league at 164.5 yards per game. But they scored just 11 rushing touchdowns, six by scrambling QB Tim Tebow. The other four seasons in which the Broncos rushed for at least 2,450 yards, they scored 20, 25, 26 and 15 rushing touchdowns.

Then there is the passing, which at 152.1 yards per game was better than only the Jaguars.

"(The running game has) definitely helped us get to where we are," coach John Fox said. "We're doing it against loaded boxes, which is why we need to get the other phase of our offense rolling."

Bengal back: Bengals QB Andy Dalton returned to practice after missing a day because of the flu. The rookie said his illness came on suddenly and he went to a hospital in order to recover quicker. He was eating again Thursday and watched video of Wednesday's practice.

Texan back: Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips revealed he had gall bladder surgery. Phillips, 64, went on medical leave Dec. 14 and missed two games. He returned last week and worked from the press box, which he will do again Saturday.

Phillips said his energy level remains low but didn't disclose details about his condition.

"The bottom line is I'm fine," he said. "Things are progressing well, and it's going to take me about six weeks total to get full energy back and be moving around and start lifting and things like that."

Feeling okay: WR Andre Johnson missed nine games because of hamstring issues. But he said he feels healthy just in time for the most important game of his career: the Texans' first playoff game. "I always said that I wanted to … help this organization get to their first playoff appearance and, hopefully, win their first Super Bowl," said Johnson, drafted out of Miami in 2003 and who signed an extension in 2010. "I didn't think it would take this long, but we're here now."

Roethlisberger remains gimpy 01/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 9:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31


    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win


    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi admitted he probably should have gone on the DL sooner than late July for the back stiffness that was keeping him from throwing the ball where he wanted to. He has since found an impressive groove, with another strong outing Saturday.

  4. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State


    RB Cam Akers still looks like a former high school quarterback at times. His first two touches (30 yards) were special, but the freshman juked instead of powering ahead on his third (an unsuccessful third-and-1 rush). That's why the Seminoles are easing him in, as they did with Dalvin Cook three years ago.

    Running back Cam Akers carries for a first down during the third quarter as FSU eases the freshman into the college game.
  5. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.