Whether or not it holds any bearing on his playing status on Sunday is debatable, but Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger missed practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday because of his lingering shoulder injury. Coach Mike Tomlin told the Steelers’ official site that he expects Roethlisberger to start on Sunday night against the Jaguars.
Backup Byron Leftwich took the snaps with the first-team offense on Thursday.
“It’s the same situation he has been dealing with,” said Tomlin. “It got better last week and he was able to practice on Thursday. He wasn’t able to practice this Thursday. Is that any indication of where it is, probably not? But it’s an opportunity for Byron to get some snaps and drive the bus if you will.”
- Packers QB Aaron Rodgers did not practice on Thursday as the team waits to evaluate his separated right shoulder. Coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers used the practice to focus on rookie QB Matt Flynn, who would start in Rodgers’ place. CB Charles Woodson (toe) and S Aaron Rouse (knee) also missed practice, while S Atari Bigby (hamstring), who was been inactive the last two games, was limited in practice.
- The Bills’ official team site first reported that the Bills signed WR Lee Evans to a multi-year contract extension on Thursday. Adam Schefter reports its a four-year, $37.25 million extension that includes $18.25 million worth of guarantees.
- A day after he was listed as being limited in practice, Titans QB Vince Young participated in a full practice session on Thursday. Kerry Collins will start for Tennessee, but a healthy Young could be promoted to No. 2 quarterback against the Ravens on Sunday. RB LenDale White (shoulder), WR Justin Gage (knee), P Craig Hentrich (back) and CB Reynaldo Hill (hamstring) all missed practice for the second consecutive day.
- Patriots WR Wes Welker was listed as limited in practice on Thursday due to a groin injury.
- Ravens RB Willis McGahee took part in a limited portion of practice on Thursday for the second straight day. He is officially listed with a chest injury, although coach John Harbaugh has confirmed McGahee has a serious case of bruised ribs. McGahee, who had one second-half carry last week, has yet to finish a game this season.
- “I have one goal this week, and that’s to finish an entire game and help my team win,” McGahee told the Ravens’ team site before Wednesday’s practice. “I want to be a part of it. It’s no fun sitting on the sideline.”
- Texans RB Ahman Green was not listed on the team’s injury report on Thursday, and the AP reports he should play Sunday after missing two games with an ankle injury. Rookie RB Steve Slaton will remain the starter.