The Steelers are assured of a first-round bye in this year’s AFC playoffs.

Brown already has been ruled out for Sunday’s game with a calf injury he suffered in Week 15, and while the Steelers hope to have him back for their playoff game in two weeks, they want to make sure they don’t risk injury to either of their other two major offensive stars as they head into the playoffs.

They could still get the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win Sunday over the winless Browns and a loss by the New England Patriots against the New York Jets, but apparently that chance isn’t significant enough to warrant risking injury to their starting quarterback or their do-everything running back in a Week 17 game.

Bell leads the NFL this season with 406 touches — well ahead of the 343 by Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, who’s also sitting out his Week 17 game ahead of the playoffs.

Roethlisberger has started all 15 games at quarterback for the Steelers this year, the first time since 2014 and only the third time since 2008 that he’s made it through an entire regular season without missing a game due to injury.

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Jets upset, baffled after replay review negates TD in game vs. Patriots

The New York Jets were upset and baffled by an apparent touchdown that turned into a fumble and a touchback following a replay review in their 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

It’s ongoing, it’s not going to be a resolution overnight, Butler said. Obviously these are issues important to the players. That’s what we talked about and some things going forward.

Butler saw the meeting as a good step.

The NBA viewership story is an interesting one. The league’s national average audience across ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT was down six percent last year during the regular season, per Sports Business Daily. TNT had its lowest regular-season average since 2007-08, with an average of 1.54 million. ABC posted its lowest regular-season viewership season (3.3 million viewers) since 2007-08. ESPN games (1.565 million average) were down five percent from the previous year (1.652 million). NBA TV was also down from 2015-16 (312,000, from 345,000). The NBA’s local TV ratings fell 14% during the 2016-17 regular season, per Sports Business Daily.

Minnesota will have to make some tough decisions regarding its quarterback depth chart. But if Keenum begins to struggle and Bradford never returns to full health, Vikings fans could potentially see Bridgewater lead the charge this season.

Ok, that’s a little much. Rodeo was a big part of his youth in Bellville, Texas, however, as it showed Sanders how far people would go for the love of competition. That love propelled him through youth football, his career as a high school standout, and four successful years with the Mustangs all the way to the NFL. This is the story of that journey, and the people along it who helped Sanders become the incredible athlete he is today.

Aqib Talib feels ‘great,’ gunshot wound appears to almost be healed

It’s not clear how much Talib has been able to work out since being shot, but he did say that he’s “back running and everything.”

Pictures and video from the golf tournament seem to show a healthy Talib.

There’s no visible wounds on his right leg and he seems to walking without a limp.

The Broncos cornerback was shot in Dallas on June 5. According to the police report from the incident, the bullet went through his right thigh, before exiting through his calf. After six weeks of investigating the incident, police still aren’t sure who shot Talib, and no one has been charged.

The NFL is also investigating the incident.

The cornerback hasn’t offered any details to anyone about what happened, saying in June that he was “too intoxicated to remember what happened.”

The contract stalemate between Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets isn’t only affecting Fitzpatrick’s relationship with the team, apparently, it’s also affecting Fitzpatrick’s relationship with Brandon Marshall.

“To be honest, me and Fitz talk every day, all the time, but I texted him the last two weeks three times and there’s [been] no response,” Marshall said on the I Am Rapoport podcast, via CBS Sports Local. “It’s not like him. It’s scaring me right now. It’s scaring me that my guy hasn’t texted me back.”
Marshall did concede that there might actually be a good reason that Fitzpatrick hasn’t responded to his texts.

Marshall has been supportive of Fitzpatrick during his bitter negotiations with the team, and that’s because Marshall’s been in that situation himself.
“I try to give support to the player, to Fitz, to [Muhammad Wilkerson], understanding what they’re going through because I’ve been through it,” Marshall said.

Fitzpatrick has been unwilling to accept the Jets offer of a three-year, $24 million deal that would include over $10 million in guaranteed money. If Fitzpatrick doesn’t accept the offer by the start of training camp, then the Jets should move on, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
La Canfora says the team should give Fitzpatrick a “take it or leave it” offer with a July 27 deadline.

Blandino told the Sun that if the study goes well, the uprights could be narrowed as soon as the 2017 season. “You never know,” he said. “We’ll see what the data tells us. The committee will discuss it and then make a recommendation for 2017 if they feel that we need to go that route. But I wouldn’t know at this point, without seeing how it goes this year.”

If the NFL does narrow the uprights, that will undoubtedly affect the conversion rate of not only field goal attempts, but extra points. In the first year of the NFL’s 32-yard extra point, kickers league wide made 94.1 percent of their attempts. That already made the average extra point less valuable than going for a two-point conversion. Were the rate of success on extra points to drop even more, that gap would widen and it could possibly motivate teams to go for two more often. Of course, some NFL coaches would still refuse to go for it out of fear, but the logical ones would start following the math.