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  |   Nov. 30, 2012 at 5:15 PM
Oakland Raiders suspend Rolando McClain

ALAMEDA, Calif., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Linebacker Rolando McClain was suspended for two games by the Oakland Raiders Friday because of conduct detrimental to the team, the Raiders said.

The team didn't reveal the nature of the violation that led to the suspension. McClain is eligible to return Dec. 10 but Oakland media outlets are suggesting he won't be back in the Oakland lineup.

McClain will lose about $121,000 in salary due to the two-game suspension.

He left Wednesday's practice without taking part and was reportedly asked by the team not to report Thursday.

Raiders Coach Dennis Allen said Thursday, "There's going to be consequences to [McClain's] actions."

McClain, the eighth overall selection in the 2010 draft, is in his third season with the Raiders. He has 60 tackles and one sack in 11 games this season.


Urlacher fined for horse-collar tackle

CHICAGO, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said he plans to appeal a $15,750 fine imposed for a horse-collar tackle against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The fine stemmed from an incident in the fourth quarter of the Bears' 28-10 win over the Vikings Sunday.

Urlacher said he is "for sure appealing" the fine, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton also drew a fine on a play involving Peterson. Melton was assessed $8,000 for grabbing the Viking runner's face mask during the third quarter.


Batch to start again for Steelers

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers said Friday Charlie Batch will start at quarterback at Baltimore Sunday in place of Ben Roethlisberger, who was ruled out due to injury.

Roethlisberger was injured Nov. 11 and has missed two straight games -- both losses for the Steelers.

Byron Leftwich first stepped in for Roethlisberger but he was hurt Nov. 18 against the Ravens. Batch started last week, a game in which Pittsburgh had eight turnovers in losing to Cleveland.

Batch is a 12-year NFL veteran who has started 54 of the 81 games in which he's appeared. He is 20-of-34 passing for 199 yards and three interceptions this season.

Roethlisberger is recovering from rib and shoulder injuries. Leftwich suffered a broken rib in the first Baltimore game.

The Steelers said linebacker LaMarr Woodley and offensive tackle Mike Adams will miss Sunday's game. Both have ankle injuries.

Safety Troy Polamalu has worked out with the team all week after missing seven games and is listed as probable for Sunday.


Report: Injured Jeter packs on pounds

MIAMI, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- New York Yankees star Derek Jeter was photographed in Miami with a protective boot on his broken left ankle and looking heavier than usual, observers said.

Jeter, 38, who is known for his physical fitness, was spotted Thursday on South Beach, with some extra pounds on his frame, perhaps due to his inability to put weight on his left foot while his ankle heals from a break incurred in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, the New York Post reported Friday.

Brian Cashman, general manager of the Yankees, said Jeter's ankle will not be able to bear weight until January.

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