December 1, 2012 in Sports

Steelers quarterback out again

Associated Press
 

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.

The Steelers, however, likely will have safety Troy Polamalu and receiver Antonio Brown in uniform and active.

• Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been listed as doubtful to play the rival Packers on Sunday because of a sprained left ankle.

Harvin did some drills on Friday but did not participate in practice again. Coach Leslie Frazier said he wasn’t sure yet whether Harvin would travel with the team to Green Bay.

• The Philadelphia Eagles will again be without Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy when they play at Dallas on Sunday night.

Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, and McCoy, the All-Pro running back, have been ruled out because of concussions. Vick is missing his third straight game and McCoy his second in a row. Neither has even been cleared to begin practicing since getting hurt.

Vick remains in stage four of five in his recovery and McCoy is in stage two, according to head athletic trainer Rich Burkholder.

• Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it “looks like” injured running back DeMarco Murray will end a six-game absence Sunday against Philadelphia.

Jones said on his radio show Friday that Murray didn’t have the usual setbacks associated with someone returning to practice for the first time in weeks.

McClain suspended

The Oakland Raiders have suspended linebacker Rolando McClain for two games for conduct detrimental to the team.

Coach Dennis Allen announced the decision on Friday. Fox Sports first reported the suspension.

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