PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice on Wednesday and appears on track to return this weekend against San Diego.
Roethlisberger hasnt played since spraining his right shoulder and dislocating a rib in a 16-13 overtime victory over Kansas City on Nov. 12. He was limited in practice but coach Mike Tomlin was encouraged by Roethlisbergers performance.
Tomlin called it a positive day for his franchise quarterback but isnt quite ready to say Roethlisberger is ready to start against the reeling Chargers (4-8).
Roethlisberger will throw again today and barring any setbacks he likely will be back in the lineup as Pittsburgh (7-5) tries to stay in the thick of the AFC playoff race. The Steelers are 1-2 without Roethlisberger.
Browns’ Thomas rips ex-teammate
Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas called former teammate Peyton Hillis a terrible distraction last season, and said the running back put his contract situation ahead of the team.
Hillis is returning to play in Cleveland this week with Kansas City. Thomas unloaded Wednesday on Hillis, saying he didnt always play hard and called his time with the Browns toxic.
Chiefs players attend memorial
Several Kansas City players attended a memorial service for teammate Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and then fatally shot himself in the head.
Belcher killed 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins on Saturday at the home they shared in Kansas City with their 3-month-old daughter. He then drove to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium, where he killed himself in front of team officials.
Around the league
Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner dropped the appeal of his suspension for using performance-enhancing substances and will miss the final four games of the regular season.
Green Bay defensive back Charles Woodson (collarbone) was back at practice on a limited basis. Mark Sanchez will start at quarterback for the Jets on Sunday at Jacksonville. Arizonas John Skelton will start at quarterback against Seattle. Tennessee put guard Steve Hutchinson (knee) on injured reserve and claimed guard Mitch Petrus off waivers. Oakland coach Dennis Allen returned to the team after the death of his father. Buffalo placed defensive end Chris Kelsay (neck) on injured reserve.