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NFL Roundup: Roethlisberger may play Sunday; Harvin out for year

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---Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday and could be available to play Sunday against San Diego depending on how he progresses during the week.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger will be given the opportunity to show he's capable of returning to action after missing three consecutive games with a shoulder injury and a dislocated rib.

Tomlin will judge Roethlisberger, who has never missed four straight games with an injury, on how he looks throwing the ball.

If he's not ready to go, Tomlin will stick with veteran Charlie Batch.

---Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.

Harvin was sidelined Sunday for a third straight game because of a sprained left ankle. The attention will quickly shift in Minnesota on how the Vikings can retain their most electric receiver. Harvin has not been happy that the Vikings didn't address his contract and considered a holdout before training camp.

He caught 62 passes for 677 yards in nine games and, according to STATS, Inc., is still second in the NFL in yards after the catch to Wes Welker of the Patriots despite missing extensive time.

---Running back Ryan Grant is returning to the Green Bay Packers to help shore up a position where they've been hit hard by injuries.

The team announced Wednesday that it had re-signed Grant to provide backfield depth.

Despite Grant being fifth on the Packers' career rushing list with 4,016 yards, Green Bay didn't sign the veteran during the offseason. Instead, it went with former Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson, who has a foot injury and is out for the season.

The Packers also may have lost running back James Starks for an extended period because of a toe injury. Reports indicated Tuesday that Starks could join running back Johnny White (concussion) on season-ending injured reserve.

Starks picked up the Packers' running game last season when Grant was on injured reserve. Grant returned to the NFL with the Washington Redskins on Sept. 26 and played one game before he was released Oct. 23.

---Kansas City Chiefs players, coaches and administrative personnel attended a memorial service Wednesday afternoon at Landmark International Deliverance of Worship Center in Kansas City for Jovan Belcher.

"I hope it will bring peace to a lot of people, not just people on this team," quarterback Brady Quinn said.

The Chiefs adjusted their practice schedule in order to attend. USA Today reported that Belcher's locker remains in place inside the practice facility.

"A lot of the guys are still hurting," Chiefs cornerback Travis Daniels said.

---The Buffalo Bills elevated cornerback T.J. Heath and guard Keith Williams to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and placed veteran defensive end Chris Kelsay on injured reserve Wednesday.

Kelsay has a partially torn ligament in his neck and had missed three of the Bills' past four games.

Heath was signed Sept. 3 by the Bills. The undrafted free agent played in five games for Jacksonville last season. Williams, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick by Pittsburgh, was signed Oct. 23.

The Bills also added offensive tackles Adam Grant and J.B. Shugarts to their practice squad.

---The Dallas Cowboys placed center Phil Costa on injured reserve Wednesday.

Costa has missed six games with a dislocated ankle suffered Oct. 21 against Carolina. He also dealt with a back injury during training camp that caused him to leave the Cowboys' season opener after one series.

In Costa's place, the Cowboys have turned to Ryan Cook, who played last week against Philadelphia after sitting out two games with a knee injury.

To fill Costa's roster spot, the Cowboys signed tackle Darrion Weems off Denver's practice squad.

---The San Diego Chargers made two moves Wednesday, placing outside linebacker Antwan Barnes on injured reserve and re-signing guard/tackle Reggie Wells.

Barnes, who has a hamstring injury, played in 11 games this season and had three sacks. Two of those came in a Nov. 25 loss to Baltimore.

Wells will provide depth to the Chargers' injury-plagued offensive line Sunday against Pittsburgh. He was with the Chargers (4-8) earlier this season but did not see action.

---The Washington Redskins promoted offensive tackle Tom Compton from the practice squad to take the active roster spot of cornerback Cedric Griffin.

Griffin was suspended for the rest of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Compton was a sixth-round draft pick by the Redskins this year out of South Dakota. He has yet to appear in an NFL game.

The Redskins also added two players to their practice squad, linebacker Kourtnei Brown and defensive back Korey Lindsey.

Brown was an undrafted rookie out of Clemson this year. He was with the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason.

Lindsey was a seventh-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011, but he failed to make the team. He has spent time on the practice squads of the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars.

---The Jacksonville Jaguars activated fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou and signed wide receiver Isaiah Stanback and offensive tackle Andrew Mitchell to the practice squad Wednesday.

Ta'ufo'ou has started one game this season for the Jaguars. He has one reception for five yards.
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