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    Notes: Ravens’ Terrell Suggs may play despite biceps injury

    Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn’t intend to let a torn right biceps keep him out of Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

    ‘‘We kind of live by the creed of, if you can breathe then you can play,’’ Suggs said Wednesday. ‘‘We just got to check it out. We got to see how it holds up throughout the week. [It will] definitely be a game-time decision on Sunday.’’

    The injury occurred last weekend in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh.


    Another injured Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis, returned to practice Wednesday — the next stage of the 37-year-old’s attempt to come back from a tore right triceps. Lewis was hurt Oct. 14 against Dallas and placed on injured reserve, designated for return.

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    ‘‘I’m making progress and will practice some today,’’ Lewis said in a statement.

    Suggs will be on the field for the Ravens (9-3) against the surging Redskins (6-6) if his ailing right arm won’t hinder his effectiveness.

    ‘‘I don’t want to be out there and can’t make a play because I’m unhealthy and I don’t have a full biceps,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s more if I will help us or hinder us by playing.’’

    Roethlisberger closer

    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin challenged Ben Roethlisberger to prove his sprained right shoulder is ready to go before handing the keys to the offense back to his franchise quarterback.


    A few dozen passes Wednesday appears to have provided a pretty compelling argument.

    Admittedly a little rusty while going through his first serious workout since injuring his shoulder and dislocating a rib during a 16-13 overtime win over Kansas City Nov. 12, Roethlisberger reported no major issues after letting it loose following a three-week layoff and seems on track to start on Sunday against San Diego.

    ‘‘I’m getting there,’’ Roethlisberger said. ‘‘I’ve got to talk to [tight end] Heath [Miller]. He’s my barometer. He lets me know how close I am to 100 percent on velocity and stuff like that.’’

    Tomlin declined to name Roethlisberger the starter against the reeling Chargers (4-8) but sounded very much like a coach running out of reasons to keep his team’s most valuable player on the sideline.

    ‘‘I thought it was a positive day for Ben,’’ Tomlin said. ‘‘He threw the ball around both vertically and horizontally. I thought the ball had good velocity, particularly in a few instances. So, it was positive.’’

    Browner drops appeal


    Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has dropped the appeal of his suspension for using performance-enhancing substances and will miss the final four games of the regular season. Browner’s decision was announced by the league on Wednesday. He will be eligible to rejoin the team on Dec. 31 and be able to play in the postseason should the Seahawks make the playoffs. News broke after Seattle’s loss at Miami on Nov. 25 that Browner and fellow starting cornerback, Richard Sherman, were both facing suspensions after testing positive for PEDs. Sherman is continuing with his plans to appeal and can continue to play while his suspension is being appealed. Browner has 44 tackles, three interceptions and six passes defensed this season . . . Heads bowed, somber past and present Chiefs players turned out Wednesday for a memorial service for teammate Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and then himself over the weekend. The service was held at Landmark International Deliverance and Worship Center, where Belcher and his girlfriend worshipped. The media wasn’t allowed inside.

    Tebow healing

    Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow said he did ‘‘a lot more’’ in practice Wednesday than he has the previous two weeks while healing from two broken ribs. Tebow says that despite being limited he was able to throw passes at full force for the first time in a few weeks. He added that he’s not yet 100 percent and will go for additional X-rays to make sure his ribs are healing properly. It’s uncertain if he will be active for the team’s game Sunday against his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars . . . The Bills placed defensive end Chris Kelsay on season-ending injured reserve because of a neck injury. Kelsay, a 10-year veteran, missed three of the past four games after partially tearing a ligament in his neck in practice last month. After missing two games, he aggravated the injury in a 20-13 loss at Indianapolis two weeks ago . . . Running back Ryan Grant re-signed with the Packers to add depth to a team that has lost Cedric Benson (foot) and Johnny White (concussion) to injured reserve . . . Vikings receiver Percy Harvin (severely sprained left ankle) missed practice again and coach Leslie Frazier said it’s “hard to say” when asked if Harvin’s season could be over . . . The Chargers placed outside linebacker Antwan Barnes on IR and re-signed offensive lineman Reggie Wells . . . Jaguars leading receiver Cecil Shorts III has passed his post-concussion test but has not yet been cleared to practice and his availability for this week’s game vs. the Jets is uncertain . . . Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas said ex-teammate Peyton Hillis was “a terrible distraction” last season and that the running back, who returns to Cleveland with the Chiefs this weekend, put his contract situation ahead of the team and that he “wasn’t real popular around here the way he went about his business.’’ . . . John Skelton will start at quarterback for the Cardinals.