December 5, 2012 in Sports

Taylor’s streak will end at 135 games

Associated Press

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There have been very few constants in Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s six years on the job.

The sight of Ike Taylor in his No. 24 uniform has been one of them.

Until now.

The veteran cornerback will miss at least two weeks with a fractured right ankle, meaning his streak of playing in 135 consecutive games will end on Sunday when the Steelers (7-5) host reeling San Diego (4-8).

“You can say a lot of things about Ike, and a lot of positive things, but probably the thing that sticks out the most is his durability and availability,” Tomlin said. “This guy hasn’t missed practices, let alone football games, since I’ve been here.”

Though Taylor doesn’t need surgery, the Steelers will have to rely on second-year reserves Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown against San Diego and Dallas, both of which have two of the more physical receiving corps in the leagues.

While one familiar face will be out of the lineup, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will practice this week with a chance to return since going down with a sprained right shoulder.

Detroit put WRs Titus Young and Ryan Broyles on injured reserve. The Lions also released former WSU standout S Erik Coleman. … Miami LT Jake Long has been placed on injured reserve because of a left triceps injury. … With LB Brian Urlacher nursing a hamstring injury, Chicago signed LB Dom DeCicco to a two-year contract. … Washington CB Cedric Griffin has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. … Jacksonville (2-10) waived LB Clint Session, parting ways with the veteran who has missed significant time following three concussions. … Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr collapsed during a speech in Madison, Wis. Conference organizers say he appears to be OK. … The father of Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen has died. The team said that former NFL LB GradyAllen died overnight at age 66 from cardiac arrest.

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