Big Ben says meet Little Ben
PITTSBURGH – Big Ben Roethlisberger is introducing his fans to Little Ben.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback posted a picture of his newborn son on his website Saturday.
The caption reads, “Ben’s favorite photo so far ... and dad’s new screen saver for his phone!”
Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Jr. was born Wednesday night. The website describes the boy as “definitely a chip off the old block” and links to photos of Ben Sr. as a baby.
It’s the first child for the athlete and his wife, Ashley.
Harvin won’t play: The Minnesota Vikings have declared wide receiver Percy Harvin out of Sunday’s game at Chicago because of his sprained left ankle.
Harvin was listed doubtful on Friday after missing another week of practice, and the team downgraded him to out on the injury report Saturday while deciding not to take him on the trip so he can continue to rest. Harvin was hurt Nov. 4 at Seattle and missed the Nov. 11 game against Detroit. The Vikings had a bye last week.
Harvin is tied for 10th in the NFL with 62 receptions. He entered the week second in the league behind Green Bay’s Randall Cobb in total yards, including receiving, rushing and returning.
Vick, McCoy both out: Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy have been ruled out for the Eagles’ game against Carolina on Monday night because of concussions.
Coach Andy Reid announced the decisions Saturday.
Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said Vick is symptom-free, but McCoy has headaches and dizziness.
Vick was injured against Dallas on Nov. 11 and didn’t play last week in the Eagles’ 31-6 loss to Washington, their sixth straight loss. McCoy was hurt in the fourth quarter against the Redskins.
Rookies Nick Foles and Bryce Brown will start in place of Vick and McCoy. Foles will make his second career start at quarterback, and Brown his first NFL at tailback.
Chiefs waive former Steelers LM: The Kansas City Chiefs waived offensive lineman Rich Ranglin and elevated wide receiver Jamar Newsome from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Newsome originally joined the Chiefs’ practice squad in December 2011 after playing two games with Jacksonville that season. The former Central Florida player also spent time on Pittsburgh’s practice squad.
Ranglin joined the Chiefs as a free agent this year after three seasons in the Arena Football League. He played at Central Connecticut State.
The Chiefs (1-9) face Denver at home today.
Harbaugh expects Smith to be cleared: Jim Harbaugh expects Alex Smith to be medically cleared to play.
Still, the 49ers coach did not say who will start at quarterback at New Orleans this week.
Harbaugh says it serves no purpose to his team and organization to let anybody know what his plan at quarterback is for today’s game against the Saints.
Harbaugh also refutes reports earlier this week that he already has told Smith and Colin Kaepernick that Kaepernick will continue as the starter after making his first NFL start during Monday’s rout of the Chicago Bears.
The coach indicates his stance on the quarterback situation is unlikely to change before the 49ers (7-2-1) meet the Saints (5-5) in a rematch of last year’s NFC divisional playoff game won 36-32 by San Francisco.
Raiders promote Burnett: The Oakland Raiders have promoted linebacker Kaelin Burnett from the practice squad to fill the spot vacated by Aaron Curry’s release.
The team announced in time for today’s game at Cincinnati.
Burnett was signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent from Nevada. He is the 27th player on the 53-man roster acquired by first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie in 2012.