The Pittsburgh Steelers escaped with a victory. The health of their franchise quarterback is another matter entirely.
The host Steelers edged the woeful Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 in overtime on Monday night but lost Ben Roethlisberger for most of the second half -- and perhaps a lot longer -- with a right shoulder injury.
Roethlisberger left the game early in the third quarter after getting slammed to the turf by Kansas City linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston and did not return. Coach Mike Tomlin said he was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
The Steelers (6-3) won their fourth straight anyway. Shaun Suisham kicked a 23-yard field goal 51 seconds into the extra period, one play after Lawrence Timmons intercepted Kansas City's Matt Cassel and returned to the 5.
The Chiefs (1-8) have lost six straight.
Eagles: Michael Vick's already uncertain future with the team was placed further in doubt after he was diagnosed with a "pretty significant" concussion. Coach Andy Reid reiterated Vick is still the starter, if healthy -- but left wiggle room to change his mind. It's likely that rookie Nick Foles will make his first career start Sunday at Washington.
Falcons: Atlanta released defensive end Ray Edwards, a bold move but not that surprising given the stunning lack of production by Edwards since signing a five-year, $30 million deal that included $11 million in guaranteed money. The 27-year-old
Broncos: Returning to a defense that didn't seem to miss him much, Denver linebacker D.J. Williams is willing to do anything -- even play special teams -- to get back on the field after missing the first nine games of the season because of suspensions.
The ninth-year veteran, a former first-round draft pick who attended De La Salle High, became eligible to regain his spot on the Denver roster after missing six games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, then three more as the result of his second alcohol-related driving conviction.
Panthers: Coach Ron Rivera announced the firing of special teams coordinator Brian Murphy, one day after Carolina surrendered a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown to Trindon Holliday in Sunday's 36-14 loss to Denver. Rivera said he has promoted assistant special teams coach Richard Rodgers, his former teammate at Cal, to coordinator.
Bills: Coach Chan Gailey said running back Fred Jackson is being tested for concussion-like symptoms, adding it's too early to determine whether he'll play against Miami on Thursday.