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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger: Bengals Want To ‘try to ruin our Christmas’

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The rivalry between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers doesn’t need any extra “juice” to make things more interesting, but it’s getting some anyway.

The Steelers are poised for a Week 15 tilt against the New England Patriots, a big matchup between 2 of the AFC elites.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said that they haven’t watched “one thing of Patriots film” this season and that he would let Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who predicted “fireworks” for the marquee matchup, worry about New England.

“Honestly, he’s the head coach,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show.

“He’s allowed to think about whatever game or whatever elephant in the room or whatever matchups, things like that.

“For me, I am 100 percent on Cincinnati and nothing else. That is my biggest focus because these guys are going to come out to get us.

They want to ruin our playoff chances. I know those guys are going to want to get after us and try to ruin our Christmas.”

Tomlin was asked about his comments predicting “fireworks”.

“(Dungy) asked for non-coach speak, so I was having a conversation with an old friend,” Tomlin said.

“You know I got respect for this process. We got a good football team. I got a great deal of confidence in them.

Everybody in America knows that’s a big game. We couldn’t deny that if we wanted too. You guys are going to ask us about it between now and then, so I stand by the statement.”

“There is zero Patriots, Ravens film,” Roethlisberger said. “[No] work talk of anything like that with any team other than the Bengals. I know there’s a lot of Patriots talk and a lot of Steelers-Patriots and all that stuff. What I see, especially from me and in the locker room, there isn’t that talk.

“What I’m seeing and what we talk about is this week. … For the players, we don’t think that way. It’s AFC North football. That’s the biggest matchup we can have.”

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Broncos’ John Elway Closes Door on Colin Kaepernick

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While the Denver Broncos will be in the market for a backup quarterback, team president John Elway shut the door on the possibility that the team would entertain signing free agent signal caller Colin Kaepernick, although it has nothing to do with protests.

Elway spoke to reporters on Thursday and officially nixed the idea of the team bringing in the former San Francisco 49ers start quarterback.

“He had a chance to be here, he passed on it,” Elway said, according to USA Today’s Lindsay Jones.

Elway is referring to a nixed deal the the Broncos and 49ers had in place that would have seen Kaepernick in Denver back in 2016, but Kaepernick killed the deal by refusing to trim $5 million from his cap number and take additional pay cuts down the road.

 

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Browns’ Josh Gordon Did Not Fail Drug Test

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Despite some pubic concerns, Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon did not fail a drug test this offseason and no suspension is anticipated once Gordon makes his return, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.

Gordon is currently in Florida where he is working on his physical and mental health and there are no assurances that the wideout will be available when the Browns take the field for Week 1 of the 2018 regular season.

Amid reports of interest in former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, the Browns remain in contact with Gordon, who will need approval from his NFL-sanctioned medical team before returning. and they plan to stick with him throughout his recovery.

 

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Raiders Place Ahtyba Rubin on Injured Reserve

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The Oakland Raiders have placed defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin on injured reserve due to a torn biceps that he suffered during the team’s join practice with the Detroit Lions last week, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken.

Rubin was entering the final year of a three-year, $12M contract with the Seattle Seahawks back in 2017 but was cut in September. He lated signed on with the Denver Broncos who cut him only two games later.

Rubin later latched on with the Atlanta Falcons where he appeared in 10 games in a reserve role.

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