NFL-National Football League roundup

Dec 30 (The Sports Xchange) - Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said Wednesday that he felt the team was not going in the right direction -- "the end result was mediocrity -- leading to the firing of head coach Chip Kelly with one game remaining in a disappointing season. "It was a clear and important decision that had to be made," Lurie said during a news conference held a day after he released Kelly from his contract. "This was really a three-year evaluation of where we're heading, what is the trajectory, what is the progress or lack thereof and what do I foresee for the future. That's why the decision was made." Lurie spoke highly of Kelly as a coach after the chairman and CEO's decision was announced Tuesday evening. The Eagles (6-9) were eliminated from playoff contention for the second season in a row with a 38-24 loss to the Washington Redskins last Saturday night. - - - Rex Ryan will have at least one more year to turn around the Buffalo Bills. Owner Terry Pegula put an end to any speculation about Ryan's job security in announcing that the coach will return in 2016, along with general manager Doug Whaley. The Bills hired Ryan after he was fired by the New York Jets last offseason, but Buffalo has been highly inconsistent as it enters its season finale with a 7-8 record. Pegula, along with wife Kim and team president Russ Brandon, will work with Ryan and Whaley to improve a franchise that will miss out on the postseason for the 16th consecutive season. - - - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who is not medically cleared from his kidney injury, has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans, most likely ending his season. Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Wednesday that Luck is still recovering. The Colts originally announced that Luck would miss two to six weeks when he suffered a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle after taking a hit early in the fourth quarter in the Nov. 8 game against the Denver Broncos. Luck, 26, entered 2015 with Super Bowl expectations, but he had just seven starts with two wins, 1,881 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. - - - Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota's rookie season is over, interim coach Mike Mularkey confirmed. Mularkey said it was "not worth the risk" to have Mariota play in the season finale against the Indianapolis Colts because of his knee injury. Mariota, the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, suffered a sprained MCL in the Titans' 33-16 Week 15 loss to the New England Patriots on Dec. 20. He sat out the 34-16 loss to the Houston Texans last Sunday. - - - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went home sick from the team's first practice session in preparation for a pivotal regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns. Roethlisberger was not in the locker room Wednesday morning and the nature of his sickness is uncertain at this point. The Steelers (9-6) need a win this Sunday, coupled with a loss by the New York Jets against the Buffalo Bills, in order to capture an AFC wild-card spot. Roethlisberger struggled in last Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, throwing two costly interceptions. He has thrown for 3,584 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season. - - - (Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)