Roethlisberger out again for Steelers
For the third consecutive game, the Steelers will be without their star quarterback. At least it appears as if they'll have the quarterback...
PITTSBURGH — For the third consecutive game, the Steelers will be without their star quarterback. At least it appears as if they'll have the quarterback of their defense and the reigning team MVP back on the field.
Ben Roethlisberger will not play Sunday in Baltimore, meaning Charlie Batch will make his second consecutive start at quarterback for the Steelers (6-5), who have lost each of the first two games Roethlisberger missed.
Unlike a defeat at home two weeks ago to the rival Ravens (9-2) and an upset loss this past Sunday in Cleveland, however, the Steelers likely will have safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) in uniform and active.
Polamalu and Brown both practiced fully all week and are listed as probable.
Roethlisberger threw briefly early in practice but was in a sweatsuit watching by the time practice ended. He will miss a third consecutive game since suffering a sprained right shoulder and a dislocated rib in a 16-13 win against Kansas City on Nov. 12.
With top backup Byron Leftwich (ribs) also out, the Steelers turn again to Batch, who is 5-3 as a starter over 11 seasons in Pittsburgh.
Raiders suspend linebacker
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders suspended linebacker Rolando McClain for two games for conduct detrimental to the team after sending him home from practice earlier in the week.
Coach Dennis Allen announced the suspension but has not said publicly what McClain did to warrant the punishment other than calling it a team-related issue.
McClain was present at the start of practice Wednesday before being asked to leave amid speculation he might be released. Allen asked McClain to stay home from the facility Thursday, saying there needed to be "consequences to his actions."
General manager Reggie McKenzie said: "We wouldn't suspend him unless it was something major."
McClain is eligible to return Dec. 10. He will lose about $114,000 of his $970,000 base salary.
• Philadelphia Eagles stars Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy are still sidelined by concussions and won't play Sunday against the Cowboys in Dallas. Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, is missing his third straight game and McCoy, the All-Pro running back, his second in a row.
• Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it "looks like" injured running back DeMarco Murray (foot) will end a six-game absence.
• Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been listed as doubtful to play the rival Packers on Sunday because of a sprained left ankle.
• Four Raiders and one Bengal were fined $26,250 each for fighting in last Sunday's game — Cincinnati tackle Andrew Whitworth and Oakland defensive linemen Desmond Bryant, Lamarr Houston, Tommy Kelly and Matt Shaughnessy.
• Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall drew two fines that totaled $35,750. He was docked $20,000 for a horse-collar tackle against Dallas and $15,750 for a late hit.
• Fined $21,000 were Panthers running back Mike Tolbert for a blindside block on a kickoff against Philadelphia, and Packers safety Jerron McMillian for helmet-to-helmet contact with defenseless New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett.
• Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was fined $20,000 for kicking the back of 49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone's helmet.
• Those fined $15,750 were Texans defensive end J.J. Watt for roughing the passer after he struck Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the head and neck area; Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson for unnecessary roughness against Denver; Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher for a horse-collar tackle on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson; and Rams DE Chris Long for striking Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley in the head.
• San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. The 49ers said Dobbs wouldn't travel with the team to St. Louis, where San Francisco faces the Rams on Sunday.