Dwyer Likely to Start at RB for Steelers on Sunday

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A week after having the best performance by a Steelers running back this season, Jonathan Dwyer will likely get another chance to be a feature back.

Dwyer, No. 3 on Pittsburgh’s depth chart, expects to start Sunday when the Steelers (3-3) host Washington (3-4).

Dwyer had a career-high 122 rushing yards in last week’s win at Cincinnati after being deactivated the previous two games. With Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman out with injury, Dwyer took advantage of his opportunity.

Mendenhall, who has an Achilles injury, did not practice all week and will not play against the Redskins.

Redman (right ankle sprain) improved as the week went on, and said Friday “I feel like I’m ready to go. He did concede, though, that he’s awaiting approval from coaches. Officially, Redman is questionable.

Kicker Shaun Suisham has been bothered by an ankle injury but is probable for Sunday.

The Steelers have known all week they will be without safety Troy Polamalu and right tackle Marcus Gilbert.

Browns LB Fujita still pondering retirement

BEREA, Ohio (AP) – Scott Fujita is contemplating retirement from the Cleveland Browns because of a neck injury.

Fujita said Friday he is not ready to announce that his career is over and wants time to discuss the decision with family. He said he is more sad than angry at not being able to play.

The 33-year-old linebacker, one of four players suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, last played Oct. 7 against the New York Giants.

Fujita had neck surgery in college and said he was grateful to play another 13 years “relatively pain free.”

He will serve as honorary captain Sunday when the Browns play host to the San Diego Chargers.

Redskins’ Fletcher practices; streak might go on

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – London Fletcher’s consecutive games streak might remain intact after all.

The Washington Redskins linebacker was back at practice Friday, one day after undergoing some six hours of tests for a “balance issue.”

Fletcher said doctors still aren’t sure what has caused his recent balance problems, but he said they ruled out a concussion.

Fletcher also has a right hamstring injury and was limping slightly as he came off the field.

Fletcher is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has played in all 231 games in his 15-year NFL career, the longest streak among active players.

Colts’ Pagano ready for 2nd round of chemo

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Colts coach Chuck Pagano is ready for his second round of chemotherapy and probably will not return to the team until he completes it.

Interim coach Bruce Arians says doctors are trying to keep Pagano in as sterile environment as possible to prevent the risk of infection.

Pagano was hospitalized Sept. 26 after he was diagnosed with leukemia. He was released from the hospital Sunday and is continuing treatment at home.

The 52-year-old coach has stayed in contact with his players, writing another note to them this week. Arians did not say what was in the note.

Arians says not being around the team is driving Pagano “crazy,” but he feels much better being home.

NFL files motion, wa1nts Tagliabue to hear appeals

NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans requesting former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints’ bounties case next week.

The action comes after the players’ union and the four players suspended in the bounties’ case filed a motion asking that Tagliabue recuse himself from the case because of a conflict of interest and that a neutral arbitrator to be appointed by the court.

In the motion NFL lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma’s statement to ESPN saying that Tagliabue would be “a good first step” as a “neutral arbitrator.”

NFL lawyers argue “it is difficult to think of anyone else more qualified” than Tagliabue.

The hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, subject to any rulings.

Ravens fined $20K for not listing Reed’s injury

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL fined the Baltimore Ravens $20,000 Friday for not listing safety Ed Reed on the team’s injury report.

Reed publicly acknowledged his right shoulder injury Oct. 17, a few days before the Ravens played Houston and said it could be affecting his play. The Pro Bowl safety played during practices and games after the injury occurred.

The league he should have been listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury and was fully participating in practice.

The NFL’s policy on injury reports states that players with “significant or noteworthy injuries must be listed on the report, even if the player takes all the reps in practice.” The rule covers players the team is certain will play in upcoming games.

Reed has played in every game this season. He has 30 tackles, two interceptions – including a 34-yard return for a touchdown – and seven passes defensed.

Washington and Buffalo were fined $20,000 each for similar infractions last week.

The Redskins were fined for not properly updating media on quarterback Robert Griffin III’s status during a game against Atlanta on Oct. 7. He left with a head injury that turned out to be a mild concussion.

The Bills failed to list defensive end Mario Williams on the injury report while he was being treated for a sprained left wrist. Williams said on Oct. 3 that the wrist had been bothering him for weeks and limiting his play.