Three and out: Roethlisberger still hobbling

Roethlisberger’s ankle still hurting: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has played for the past few weeks on a sprained ankle and told reporters Wednesday that it’s currently “a 5 on a scale to 10”. That’s good news for Von MillerElvis Dumervil and the rest of an aggressive Broncos’ defense. Roethlisberger was less than effective against a similarly aggressive 49ers’ outfit in Week 15, although he was still able to spread the ball to his receivers. Even if Big Ben isn’t 100 percent, it shouldn’t have a major impact on WRs Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown — although a matchup against Broncos CB Champ Bailey certainly could.

Lions’ Johnson sits out: Lions WR Calvin Johnson was a spectator at Wednesday’s practice, although it’s far too early to determine if it will have any impact on his status for Saturday’s game against the Saints. Johnson sat out most of last week’s practices as well before putting together a typical Megatron-type game against the Packers. The Lions are likely just being cautious, so consider Johnson good to go for the weekend and feel free to have him in your Playoff Challenge lineup until you hear otherwise.

Saints’ Moore questionable: Saints WR Lance Moore (hamstring) is uncertain for this weekend’s game against the Lions. Moore has battled the injury for the past few weeks and was inactive in Week 17. Combine that with WR Robert Meachem, who suffered a bruised knee last week, and New Orleans’ depth isn’t quite as deep. It should mean more targets for Devery Henderson, but the likely end result could be more passes in the direction of WR Marques Colston and TE Jimmy Graham.

— Marcas Grant

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