PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor returned to practice on Wednesday just one month after breaking his right arm.
Taylor, a former Louisiana-Lafayette standout, practiced in a limited capacity, running sprints and doing individual drills. He suffered a compound fracture in his right arm when teammate Lawrence Timmons slammed into it with his helmet while trying to make a tackle in a victory over Carolina on Sept. 21.
Taylor underwent surgery the next day and had two plates and several screws inserted. The 34-year-old said there remains no timetable for his return and he is awaiting clearance from doctors before he can take part in a full practice.
Linebacker Ryan Shazier was limited in practice on Wednesday. Shazier hasn’t played since spraining his right knee against the Panthers.
SOURCE SAYS GOODELL TOLD TO TESTIFY IN APPEAL: A person familiar with the case has told The Associated Press that an arbiter has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify in Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the appeal have not been made public.
The arbiter, former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, informed the parties of her decision Wednesday.
Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly. Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games.
Once the video became public, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice, and the league banned him indefinitely. The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to further suspend Rice.
The players’ union appealed Rice’s suspension, saying he should not be punished twice.
Jones was jointly picked by the commissioner and the players’ union.
FAVRE’S RETURN TO LAMBEAU ON HOLD: Brett Favre’s first visit to Lambeau Field since his retirement is on hold because of Bart Starr’s health.
Favre had hoped to attend the Green Bay Packers’ Nov. 9 game against the Chicago Bears and participate with Starr in a pregame coin toss. But Starr, 80, is recovering from two strokes and a mild heart attack he suffered last month.
“We tried to set it up so we could be there with Bart, but it’s not looking good,” Favre said.
The Packers plan to honor Favre next summer with his July 18 induction into the team’s Hall of Fame, and his No. 4 jersey will be retired at halftime of a game during the 2015 season.
REQUEST DENIED TO REMOVE JUDGE IN CASE: In Conroe, Texas, a prosecution request to remove the judge handling the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has been denied.
Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case will remain on the case following a recusal hearing on Wednesday in suburban Houston. Retired Tarrant County District Judge Jeff Walker denied a request by prosecutors, who had accused Case of being biased against them.
Peterson is charged with injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. He is on paid leave and Case has set a tentative trial date of Dec. 1. A motion to revoke Peterson’s bond for alleged marijuana use has been on hold until the recusal issue was resolved.