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Pittsburgh puts boot to story about broken foot

Associated Press / December 3, 2010

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The Steelers said yesterday quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t have a broken right foot, but instead is healing from an aggravation of a previous injury where scar tissue is present.

The Steelers issued a statement refuting a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that Roethlisberger broke a metatarsal bone in his foot. He has worn a protective boot all week, and has been fitted with a protective game shoe. Previously, the Steelers said Roethlisberger had a sprained right foot sustained during their 19-16 overtime victory in Buffalo last Sunday.

Roethlisberger was limited in practice yesterday, but said he plans to play Sunday against Baltimore.

Harvin ailing again Percy Harvin, who was dealing with another migraine headache, didn’t practice, although Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier says he hopes the wideout can participate today. Frazier will likely have several game-time decisions to make before the Vikings play the Bills. Sprained ankles have kept running back Adrian Peterson and defensive end Ray Edwards out of practice this week. Left guard Steve Hutchinson, who has a cast on his broken thumb, has also been absent . . . Bills starting defensive end Dwan Edwards is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury.

Stop No. 11: Oakland The Raiders signed backup quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan and placed Bruce Gradkowski on season-ending injury reserve. The move came a day after Gradkowski expressed hope that he could return from his second shoulder injury before the end of the season. But coach Tom Cable said it is unlikely Gradkowski would have been able to return before then. The Raiders are O’Sullivan’s 11th team since being drafted by New Orleans in 2002. He has played 17 career games, making eight starts for San Francisco in 2008. O’Sullivan was last on the Chargers’ roster before being cut in October; Oakland plays in San Diego Sunday . . . Giants safety Antrel Rolle apologized for comparing fans’ booing players after a bad half of football to fans booing troops returning home from Iraq after a tour of duty. Rolle says he used a very poor, inappropriate example to demonstrate how seriously he takes his job. “Obviously, there is no comparison between the men and women of our military putting their life on the line defending our country and what I do,’’ Rolle said in a statement issued by the Giants. “They risk their lives and that gives me the opportunity to play a game for a living.’’

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