Tomlin says there’s a chance Roethlisberger could play on Sunday

Ben Roethlisberger took a break from changing his newborn son’s diapers to throw a few passes with his sprained right shoulder on Monday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) saw enough to ask their franchise quarterback to throw a few more over the next few days, hoping he can recover in time to salvage a season in danger of slipping through their fingers.

Calling the session “a step in the right direction,” coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday there’s “a chance” Roethlisberger could play on Sunday in Baltimore (9-2).

Safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Antonio Brown could both play Sunday. Polamalu has been limited to just five quarters all season due to a right calf injury, though Tomlin said he’s “encouraged” by Polamalu’s progress.

Quick kicks

Chicago (8-3) has signed former Pro Bowl OL Andre Gurode, hoping to boost a short-handed unit. … Detroit (4-7) DT Ndamukong Suh was issued a traffic citation by a police officer who said he saw Suh driving fast and passing cars from the right lane of a suburban Detroit roadway. … San Francisco (8-2-1) and ILB NaVorro Bowman have reached agreement on a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season. … The 49ers also announced RB Kendall Hunter and WR Kyle Williams have had been placed on season-ending injured reserve. … Philadelphia (3-8) has released two-time Pro Bowl DE Jason Babin. …San Diego (4-7) placed SS Atari Bigby on season-ending injured reserve.

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