Steelers deny QB's foot is broken

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The Pittsburgh Steelers say quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn't have a broken right foot but instead is healing from an aggravation of a previous injury where scar tissue is present.

The Steelers issued a statement Thursday night refuting a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that Roethlisberger broke a metatarsal bone in his foot. He has worn a protective boot all week, and has been fitted with a protective game shoe.

Roethlisberger was limited in practice Thursday but plans to play Sunday against Baltimore.

Broncos: Kenny McKinley's former Denver teammates say they're saddened by revelations about the depth of the wide receiver's financial and personal problems leading up to his suicide.

Friends and family told authorities during a probe into the former South Carolina player's death in September that McKinley had a gambling problem, was deep in debt and had talked with three people about killing himself.

"Well, it (stinks) that stuff like this had to come out because it kind of takes away what he meant to this organization and this team," captain and former Georgia standout Champ Bailey said. "It is what it is. We loved him around here. I just hope it doesn't take away from how people feel about him."

VIKINGS: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson says his sprained right ankle is feeling better, and he hopes to play Sunday against Buffalo.

Peterson did not practice again Thursday, but the plan is for him to participate today and test the ankle he hurt last week at Washington.

- Wide receiver Percy Harvin is dealing with another migraine headache and didn't practice Thursday. Interim coach Leslie Frazier says he hopes Harvin can participate today.

49ERS: Takeo Spikes has never been to the NFL playoffs and he thought this finally would be the year with San Francisco.

Now the 49ers, preseason favorites to win the NFC West, are on the verge of missing the postseason again as they head into Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

But the two-time Pro Bowler and former Auburn and Washington County standout is doing everything he can to bring the streak to an end by playing some of the best football of his career.

"That's why I'm still playing," Spikes said. "I want to play until I get that ring. I think I've really got into a groove and am playing some of my best football right now. I feel I've progressed and taken it to another level."


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