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Ben Roethlisberger’s left foot is good enough to play. James Harrison’s right eye is not, and he’ll need surgery.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he expects Roethlisberger to be under center when his struggling team faces surging Tennessee on Sunday at Heinz Field.

However, Harrison, a linebacker, will be out indefinitely after fracturing the orbital bone in his right eye. He’ll have surgery this week, and there is no timetable for his return.


WILLIAMS FALLOUT: Hank Williams Jr. is apologizing for using an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Obama that prompted ESPN to pull his classic intro song to Monday Night Football.

Williams said in a statement posted on Facebook and his Web site Tuesday that his passion for politics and sports “got the best or worst of me.”

It is not known if the intro, synonymous with Monday Night Football since 1989, would be used again.


PANTHERS: A day after Carolina coach Ron Rivera threatened to make changes on special teams, the ax fell on safety Sean Considine.

Considine, a seven-year veteran who was on all of the Panthers’ special teams, was released Tuesday – two days after the Panthers allowed a pair of momentum-changing returns to Devin Hester in a 34-29 loss to the Bears.


49ERS: The team has placed defensive tackle Will Tukuafu on the season-ending injured reserve list with a wrist injury.

He becomes the first player since the regular season began to go on IR.


BROWNS: Return specialist Josh Cribbs is not practicing because of a knee injury.

Cribbs suffered a “slight” knee sprain during Sunday’s loss to Tennessee. He was not on the field Tuesday as the Browns (2-2) began their bye week.



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