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[January 09, 2017]  Jan 8 (The Sports Xchange) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appeared in a walking boot on his right foot after Sunday's 30-12 win over the Miami Dolphins in the AFC wild-card game.

Roethlisberger was apparently injured on his next-to-last play of the game. He doesn't know the severity but said, "We will find out soon, hopefully. You're always worried about being hurt, but I'll be out there next week."

The Steelers play the Kansas City Chiefs in next Sunday's AFC divisional-round playoff.

Roethlisberger finished 13-of-18 passing for 197 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was hurt with 4:34 left in the fourth quarter and the Steelers up 30-12 when he was intercepted by Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard.

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Steelers tight end Ladarius Green was inactive for Sunday's wild card playoff game against the Dolphins due to a concussion.

Green remains in the NFL's concussion protocol. He participated in full practices this week before experiencing an apparent setback Friday.

Green, who suffered the concussion during the Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 18, missed Friday's practice.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are part of the postseason for the third time in four seasons under Andy Reid and reportedly will offer a contract extension to the veteran coach after the season.

Reid, 58, has one season remaining on the five-year, $37.5 million deal he signed with the Chiefs prior to the 2013 campaign. He is scheduled to make $7.5 million in 2017.

Reid has posted a 43-21 regular-season record for Kansas City and guided this season's squad to the AFC West title. He was won 11 or more games in three of his four seasons with the Chiefs.

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In 18 overall seasons as a NFL head coach, Reid has a 173-114-1 record. He spent 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2012.

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The Cleveland Browns fired defensive coordinator Ray Horton after one season and hired Gregg Williams to become the new coordinator, the team announced Sunday.

Williams, 58, was the Los Angeles Rams' defensive coordinator for the past three seasons. He is expected to bring three or four Rams assistants with him, Cleveland.com reported.

 

The move comes after the Browns' disastrous 1-15 season -- worst in franchise history -- in head coach Hue Jackson's first season in Cleveland.

Williams, suspended by the NFL in 2012 for his role in the New Orleans Saints' Bountygate scandal, was in limbo after Rams head coach Jeff Fisher was fired last month.

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Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson could be replacing another top assistant as Browns associate head coach/offense Pep Hamilton is reportedly considering leaving the team to reunite with Jim Harbaugh at Michigan.

Hamilton previously worked for Harbaugh at Stanford in 2010 as wide receivers coach, and the Wolverines have an opening for a quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. (Editing by Andrew Both)

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