Ben Roethlisberger emerges from Steelers’ playoff win in walking boot

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered an ankle injury late in Sunday’s AFC wild-card blowout win over the Dolphins, but he insists it won’t affect his status as Pittsburgh advances to face the Chiefs next weekend.

Prime-time games were most affected with NBC and ESPN suffering double-digit declines in viewership for the league’s most costly rights deals, NBC’s Sunday NIght Football (down 10 percent) and ESPN’s Monday Night Football (down 12 percent).

Total viewership for Fox’s and CBS’ daytime games on Sundays fell 6 and 7 percent, respectively.

If there was a bright spot for the league and its TV partners, it was the Dallas Cowboys’ resurgent season. Case in point: Their nationally televised Thanksgiving game against the Redskins drew 35.7 million viewers, the most for a regular-season NFL game since 1995.

The Cowboys then made three straight prime-time appearances as ratings after the Nov. 8 general election were down only 1 percent vs. a 14 percent drop in games prior to the election.

Seeking other potential solutions for the drop in viewership, the league also is testing ways to improve the pace of play for fans by moving around some commercial breaks.

Jalen Richard, RB, Raiders: Oakland has been trying to work in the speedy rookie combination of Richard and DeAndre Washington as the other half of their committee approach with Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys Latavius Murray holding down early-down duties. Richard is a little faster and tougher to stop in the open field, as either a runner or receiver. He was key to the Raiders’ regular-season Cheap Jerseys America win over Houston. He’ll be leaned on more with rookie Connor Cook now at QB.

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