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Roethlisberger expects to face Patriots

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger's ribs are bruised but not broken.

The Pittsburgh Steelers believe the same could be said about their wildly uneven season.

Roethlisberger believes he'll play on Sunday when New England visits Heinz Field, one of the few certainties for a team in search of answers thanks to a three-game losing streak, the latest setback a baffling 24-21 defeat in Oakland that included Roethlisberger missing most of the second half after taking a shot to the ribs, another late meltdown by the defense and the latest botched kick by Chris Boswell.

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Vikes fire OC after another poor showing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings, still seeking to salvage a season that started with Super Bowl designs, made a last-ditch move to capture a mid-December spark by firing offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Coach Mike Zimmer made what he called an "extremely difficult decision" on Tuesday morning, following a 21-7 defeat at Seattle on Monday night . DeFilippo's first season on the job ended after just 13 games, amid a sharp decline in production by the offense over the past six weeks.

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Oakland sues NFL, Raiders for Vegas move

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The city of Oakland has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit trying to recover damages for the Raiders' upcoming move to Las Vegas.

The suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the Raiders, the NFL and the other 31 clubs seeks lost revenue, money Oakland taxpayers invested in the Raiders and other costs. The suit does not ask the court to prevent the Raiders' move to Las Vegas but asks for damages that will help pay off the approximately $80 million in debt remaining from renovations on the Coliseum.

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Bolts' Gordon will be game-time decision

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Melvin Gordon wants to suit up for the Los Angeles Chargers' biggest game of the season Thursday night at Kansas City, but he says his status will likely not be decided until 90 minutes before kickoff.

The fourth-year running back has missed the past two games after spraining the MCL in his right knee during the second half of the Chargers' Nov. 26 win against Arizona. He is sixth in the AFC in rushing with 802 yards despite missing three games and leads the conference in rushing average per game (80.2).

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Lions put DE Ansah on injured reserve

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Ziggy Ansah may have played his final game with the Detroit Lions.

The Lions put Ansah and tight end Michael Roberts on injured reserve Tuesday with shoulder problems. Detroit signed tight end Jerome Cunningham and offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi from the practice squad to the active roster.

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Titans place RT Conklin, TE Smith on IR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans right tackle Jack Conklin and tight end Jonnu Smith have been placed on injured reserve with knee injuries, a double blow for a team on the fringe of the playoff race.

Both starters were hurt in Tennessee's 30-9 win over Jacksonville last week.

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Buffalo's Milano, Johnson added to IR

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have placed starting linebacker Matt Milano and cornerback Taron Johnson on the season-ending injured reserve list.

The moves were made on Tuesday, a day after Milano had surgery for a broken left leg. The second-year starter broke his fibula in the final minutes of a 27-23 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.

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Seahawks stop Vikes, move in on playoffs

SEATTLE (AP) Bobby Wagner leaped over the line of scrimmage, swatted Dan Bailey's field goal attempt and sparked the Seattle Seahawks to two late touchdowns.

Whether or not what Wagner did was entirely legal, he frankly didn't care.

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Raiders fire GM McKenzie after 7 seasons

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) From the moment Jon Gruden was brought back for a second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders with a 10-year contract, general manager Reggie McKenzie's longevity in the position was in serious doubt.

That only eroded more with each departure of one of McKenzie's prized former draft picks and ended when he was fired Monday, less than two years after he was named the NFL's executive of the year.

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RB Fournette yelled at fan who used slur

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says running back Leonard Fournette was responding to racial slurs while yelling at a fan in Nashville, Tennessee last Thursday night.

Fournette declined to address the accusation in the locker room Monday on the advice of his agent.

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