PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw in practice Friday but remains questionable for Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game against Denver.
Roethlisberger is dealing with a sprained right shoulder sustained in last weekend’s wild-card win over Cincinnati. Roethlisberger was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant in the final major workout before the Steelers face the Broncos.
While the team remains optimistic Roethlisberger will play, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back DeAngelo Williams are officially out. Brown is still going through the NFL’s concussion protocol after getting hurt in the final moments against the Bengals. Williams will miss a second straight week with an injured right foot.
RB LYNCH PROBABLE: The Seahawks listed running back Marshawn Lynch as probable on their final injury report for Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game at Carolina.
Seattle announced the designation for Lynch on Friday afternoon. Lynch has not played since Week 10 against Arizona after undergoing abdominal surgery.
GINN QUESTIONABLE: Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was added to the team’s injury report as questionable for Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks after being held out of practice.
Ginn had been practicing all week and wasn’t listed on the injury report, but experienced some soreness in his knee Thursday. Coach Ron Rivera said Ginn met with doctors, who advised that he sit out Friday.
CALDWELL SAFE FOR ANOTHER YEAR: The Detroit Lions retained coach Jim Caldwell for a third season, giving him a chance to work with new general manager Bob Quinn.
It was Quinn’s call to keep or fire Caldwell during his first week on the job.
Caldwell is 18-15, including a wild-card loss last year, in two seasons with the Lions. Detroit dropped six of its first seven games in 2015 before finishing 7-9.
TWO COACHES TO INTERVIEW: The second NFL team to fire a coach this season, the Titans are finally picking up their coaching search now that Tennessee is the only franchise still with an opening.
The Titans confirmed Friday that they interviewed interim coach Mike Mularkey and Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.
The interviews come a day after the Titans hired Jon Robinson as their general manager and made ex-Buffalo coach Doug Marrone their first coaching candidate.
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