Roethlisberger wants to play: In his quest to get back on the field, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday. Earlier this week, coach Mike Tomlin said his quarterback had a “shot” to play Sunday against the Browns, but it depended on how he responded this week in workouts. With a win and a Baltimore loss, Pittsburgh could earn the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye, so there is definitely incentive for Big Ben to return this week. The rub? Cleveland has kept opposing fantasy quarterbacks on lockdown this season, which makes Roethlisberger a shaky option. And if the ankle isn’t 100 percent, it’s not worth taking the chance on having him in your lineup.
Finley, Jennings still out of practice: Neither TE Jermichael Finley nor WR Greg Jennings participated in Packers practice Wednesday. The team hasn’t made any declaration about the status of either player, but with everything already locked up for Green Bay, there’s certainly a chance that coach Mike McCarthy will limit the playing time for a lot of his stars during Sunday’s game against Detroit. Keep an eye on Packers camp during the week for updates, but have a contingency plan ready for guys like Finley, Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers, just in case.
Brady not on field at practice: Patriots QB Tom Brady wasn’t on the field during Wednesday’s practice. The veteran signal-caller suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder in last week’s win over Miami, so his absence could be something or it could just be a scheduled day of rest. With New England needing a win to guarantee the top seed in the AFC and a first-round bye, expect Brady to suit up as long as he’s able. And against Buffalo’s suspect defense, he should be in your lineup. Scratch that, he should be in your lineup because he’s Tom Brady.
– Marcas Grant