Steel­ers QB has apol­ogy for coach

Ben Roeth­lis­berger ripped of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for calls in loss to Cow­boys.

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Pitts­burgh Steel­ers quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger apol­o­gized to of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Todd Ha­ley for his com­ments fol­low­ing a 27-24 over­time loss to Dal­las on Sun­day.

Roeth­lis­berger took Ha­ley to task over the team’s in­abil­ity to fea­ture tight end Heath Miller in the sec­ond half and won­dered why the Steel­ers didn’t stay in the no­hud­dle of­fense. The quar­ter­back says he was frus­trated af­ter Pitts­burgh (77) lost for the fourth time in five games and that he was un­able to keep his emo­tions un­der con­trol.

Bills: Cen­ter Eric Wood said the Bills are giv­ing away their home-field edge by play­ing un­der a dome and in front of am­biva­lent crowds north of the bor­der in Toronto. “Yeah, I did call it a joke,” Wood said of Sun­day’s 5017 loss to Seat­tle. “It stunk that we were up there.” The Bills are 1-4 in reg­u­lar sea­son games at Toronto since the se­ries be­gan in 2008. The five-year deal, in which Rogers Com­mu­ni­ca­tions agreed to pay the Bills $78 mil­lion to play in Toronto, has ex­pired. The two sides are close to ex­tend­ing the se­ries for what’s ex­pected to be an­other five years.

Browns: Run­ning back Trent Richard­son said he would be sur­prised if Nick Sa­ban fol­lowed him from Alabama to Cleve­land. Sa­ban, who will lead the Crim­son Tide against Notre Dame in the BCS na­tional cham­pi­onship game in Mi­ami on Jan. 7, has been men­tioned as re­turn­ing to the NFL, per­haps with the Browns if sec­ond-year coach Pat Shur­mur is fired at sea­son’s end. “I can’t see him coming to the NFL,” said Richard­son, a former Tide star. “I would be very shocked. He’s got so much go­ing there. He has no rea­son to leave. He gets what he needs and he treats his pro­gram like the NFL (any­way).”

Dol­phins: Run­ning back Daniel Thomas (knee) was placed on in­jured re­serve.

Ea­gles: LeSean McCoy will start at run­ning back Sun­day against Washington in his first game back af­ter miss­ing four be­cause of a con­cus­sion.

Jets: Coach Rex Ryan ac­knowl­edged that he had higher ex­pec­ta­tions for sel­dom-used quar­ter­back Tim Te­bow in the wild­cat­style of­fense. “For some rea­son, it hasn’t panned out to my ex­pec­ta­tions and maybe Tim’s, ei­ther,” Ryan said. “De­fenses have at­tacked us a lit­tle dif­fer­ently. Maybe that’s a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to it.”

Lions: De­fen­sive tackle Nick Fair­ley (shoul­der) was put on in­jured re­serve.

Red­skins: Robert Grif­fin III took part in his first full prac­tice since sprain­ing his right knee on Dec. 9. Coach Mike Shana­han said doc­tors will ex­am­ine Grif­fin’s knee to­day to see if there’s any swelling. He could then be cleared to play against the Ea­gles on Sun­day. Grif­fin also was fined $10,000 by the NFL for wear­ing Adi­das at his postgame news con­fer­ence Sun­day. Grif­fin has a spon­sor­ship deal with Adi­das, but the league has a deal with Nike.

Vik­ings: QB Chris­tian Pon­der and ESPN’s Sa­man­tha Steele were mar­ried at a court­house in Wis­con­sin on Mon­day.

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