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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger: Bengals Want To ‘try to ruin our Christmas’

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The rivalry between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers doesn’t need any extra “juice” to make things more interesting, but it’s getting some anyway.

The Steelers are poised for a Week 15 tilt against the New England Patriots, a big matchup between 2 of the AFC elites.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said that they haven’t watched “one thing of Patriots film” this season and that he would let Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who predicted “fireworks” for the marquee matchup, worry about New England.

“Honestly, he’s the head coach,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show.

“He’s allowed to think about whatever game or whatever elephant in the room or whatever matchups, things like that.

“For me, I am 100 percent on Cincinnati and nothing else. That is my biggest focus because these guys are going to come out to get us.

They want to ruin our playoff chances. I know those guys are going to want to get after us and try to ruin our Christmas.”

Tomlin was asked about his comments predicting “fireworks”.

“(Dungy) asked for non-coach speak, so I was having a conversation with an old friend,” Tomlin said.

“You know I got respect for this process. We got a good football team. I got a great deal of confidence in them.

Everybody in America knows that’s a big game. We couldn’t deny that if we wanted too. You guys are going to ask us about it between now and then, so I stand by the statement.”

“There is zero Patriots, Ravens film,” Roethlisberger said. “[No] work talk of anything like that with any team other than the Bengals. I know there’s a lot of Patriots talk and a lot of Steelers-Patriots and all that stuff. What I see, especially from me and in the locker room, there isn’t that talk.

“What I’m seeing and what we talk about is this week. … For the players, we don’t think that way. It’s AFC North football. That’s the biggest matchup we can have.”

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Bills’ Matt Milano Out for Season

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The Buffalo Bills will be without linebacker Matt Milano for the remainder of the season after Milano had surgery for a broken fibula on Monday.

Milano, 24, was a standout for the Bills’ defense during their upset victory over the Minnesota Vikings which earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Milano’s spot on the roster is likely to be filled by Deon Lacey.

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Raiders Fire Reggie McKenzie

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The Oakland Raiders have fired general manager Reggie McKenzie, according to NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden dodged questions regarding McKenzie’s job status following Sunday’s game; 

“I don’t have any comment on that,” Gruden said, according to Michael Gehlken of the Review-Journal. “We’re going to build this team back. I know that. We’re going to bring the Raiders back.”

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Raiders’ Jon Feliciano Done For Season

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The Oakland Raiders will be without left guard Jon Feliciano who suffered a calk injury that will likely shut him down for the remainder of the season, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Michael Gehlken.

Feliciano suffered the injury during Oakland’s surprise win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Feliciano, 26, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and is a strong candidate to be re-signed by the rebuilding Raiders.

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