By Danny Cox
Week 13 of the 2012 NFL season is bringing a lot of big news and drama. The playoffs are drawing ever closer, and that means teams are either going to be struggling to make it or fighting to solidify their seeds. There is also a lot of big news happening all at once, and some of it could greatly impact the immediate future of a number of teams.
Ben Roethlisberger ruled out against Baltimore
It appears as if “Big Ben” just isn’t ready to go yet, and therefore will miss his third consecutive game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. A team source said on Friday that the Steelers were extremely pessimistic about Roethlisberger playing and then the official injury report ruled him out.
He just isn’t pain free as of yet and continues having problems with his injured right shoulder. Forever back-up Charlie Batch will take over as starter once again even though he threw three interceptions last week in the 20-14 loss to Cleveland. Byron Leftwich is also still out with multiple rib fractures.
Pittsburgh is 0-6 against the Ravens without Roethlisberger since 2004.
Ravens’ LB Ray Lewis coming back by Dec. 16
Speaking of the Ravens, injured linebacker Ray Lewis is expected to return on Dec. 16, 2012, against the Denver Broncos. The Ravens have gone 4-1 since Lewis went out of the lineup with a torn triceps. Dec. 16 is the first day that Lewis is eligible to return after being place on the injured reserve/designated to return list.
He tore his triceps in the Oct. 14, 2012 game against the Dallas Cowboys. It was originally thought to be a season-ending injury.
Jets await Rex Ryan’s decision to deactivate Tim Tebow or not
New York Jets’ back-up quarterback Tim Tebow has hardly played at all this season, and it just doesn’t appear as if he would ever slip into the starting spot. Now, the team is awaiting the possible decision of coach Rex Ryan to deactivate Tebow for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Tebow has two fractured ribs, and it was originally reported that he would be sitting this week. Ryan says that decision has yet to be made and it will be one that comes right at game-time.
He has been having trouble throwing the ball all week due to the injured ribs, but Ryan has already said that Tebow‘s participation in this week’s game wouldn’t require him to throw much anyway.
Raiders Rolando McClain banned for two games
The Oakland Raiders have suspended linebacker Rolando McClain for two games due to what is being called conduct detrimental to the team. He was also sent home from practice earlier this week.
Coach Dennis Allen would not publicly say that McClain had done wrong to get the punishment, but still referred to it as a team-related issue. It was actually suspected that McClain might have been released after being asked to leave practice on Wednesday.
Some players are saying that it was a “small disagreement” with a coach that led to McClain’s suspension. Management for the Raiders is stating that there was more than one incident leading to the suspension, and McClain was actually very close to being released by the team on Thursday.
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