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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 11/20/2011

NFL Week 11 live: Ray Lewis out, Adam “Pacman” Jones in; Steelers meet with commissioner


No Ray today. (Gene J. Puskar /AP)
For Baltimore, Ray Lewis is out; for Cincinnati, Adam “Pacman” Jones is in.

Lewis’s consecutive-starts streak ends at 57 today because of a toe injury, but the injury didn’t prevent him from giving his usual pregame pepper-upper speech. Dannell Ellerbe starts in Lewis’s place. Jones is replacing Leon Hall. A.J. Green is also out for the Bengals.

Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II and Coach Mike Tomlin met with Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL executives on Thursday in New York. Topic of discussion? What constitutes illegal hits.

“Mr. Rooney and Commissioner Goodell thought it would be a good idea to meet with our football staff and Coach Tomlin to review on-field issues that have been the focus of discussion recently,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Tomlin had publicly supported Ryan Clark’s tackle — deemed illegal and worthy of a $40,000 fine — on Baltimore tight end Ed Dickson on Nov. 6. Clark said Tomlin had used video of the tackle to illustrate a clean, hard tackle. And Tomlin called the fine “excessive” in a statement and said that “Ryan has my full support.”

It figures that the NFL would fine New York Jets Rex Ryan for cursing at a fan as he left the field at halftime Sunday night and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Ryan is expected to have to cough up $75,000-$100,000. Ryan was fined $50K by the Jets last year after flipping off a fan at a mixed-martial arts event.

There’ll be a new quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Vince Young starts in place of Michael Vick (ribs) against the New York Giants. (Jeremy Maclin also is out.) In Philly, they’ve gone from talking about a dream team to questioning Andy Reid’s future. Reid himself?

“I’m concerned about getting ready to play the New York Giants,” he said.

Tweet here with #nflwp. After the Redskins-Cowboys game, join me for a chat/therapy session.

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