Tomlin: Roethlisberger expected to play against Raiders

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Pittsburgh Steelers expect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to participate fully in practice Wednesday and return to the lineup Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

Roethlisberger sat out Sunday night's loss at Baltimore after suffering a concussion a week earlier during a defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Ben hasn't experienced any resurface of any discomfort from his concussion since Friday," Tomlin said at a news conference, according to the Steelers' Web site. "All indications are he will be a full participant [Wednesday] and prepare and ultimately play in the game on Sunday."

Roethlisberger participated in practices last week. But he reportedly experienced concussion symptoms late in the week and a neurologist recommended that Roethlisberger not play against the Ravens.

Because usual backup Charlie Batch was injured, third-stringer Dennis Dixon started in Roethlisberger's place.

Benson to return to Bengals' lineup

Running back Cedric Benson is scheduled to return to Cincinnati's lineup this week.

Benson has missed two games because of a hip injury but is to start Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Coach Marvin Lewis, however, has indicated that he might keep all four of his running backs, including Larry Johnson, on the active game-day roster this weekend.

Eagles sign TE Celek to extension

Tight end Brent Celek signed a six-year contract extension with Philadelphia, the team announced.

The deal runs through the 2016 season and is worth $33 million, including $11 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported.

Celek has 54 catches for 601 yards and five touchdowns this season.

-- Mark Maske

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