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April 7 (The Sports Xchange) - Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger informed the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday that he will be back for a 14th season.

Days after the Steelers lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game in January, Roethlisberger hinted he might have played his last game.

Big Ben, as expected, officially put to rest any speculation about his future with an announcement on Twitter.

"Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season. Steeler Nation will get my absolute best! -- Ben," tweeted Roethlisberger, who has been the team's starter since being drafted in the first round in 2004.

Roethlisberger, who turned 35 last month, threw for 3,819 yards and 29 touchdowns with 13 interceptions over 14 games in 2016, and is Pittsburgh's all-time leader in passing yards (46,814) and touchdowns (301) in his 13 NFL seasons.


New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is excited to be throwing to a towering target again with the team's recent signing of free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Manning compared the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall's size to that of his former big target, Plaxico Burress, who helped the Giants to a Super Bowl win in the 2007 season.

"I think Plaxico was kind of the last one similar to that size," Manning told the New York Post on Thursday before being honored at the National Football Foundation.

"They can be open when they're not really open. You don't want to get into a habit, it's not a jump-ball but you can throw him open.

"I think he'll be good for that receiver room and in our locker room, having that veteran presence."

The 36-year-old Manning threw to Marshall for the first time earlier this week at Duke University during a passing session attended by other Giants receivers.


The San Francisco 49ers released Tramaine Brock, one day after the cornerback was arrested in Santa Clara, Calif., in connection to a domestic incident.

Brock, 28, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony domestic violence and booked into Santa Clara County Jail. His bail was set at $50,000 and he was released Friday afternoon, according to jail records.

Santa Clara police found "visible injuries" on Brock's girlfriend after responding to a domestic violence call, according to the Sacramento Bee. Police described the woman's injuries as "minor" and she received no medical attention.

The 5-foot-10 Brock, who started all 31 games he played for the 49ers over the past two seasons, recorded 59 tackles, an interception and 14 passes defensed in 2016.


The 49ers signed linebacker Jayson DiManche to a one-year deal.

DiManche, 26, most recently was with the Detroit Lions.


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