Brian Dawkins is out again

As expected, Denver safety Brian Dawkins will be out for Sunday’s wild-card game against Pittsburgh with a persistent neck injury.

Dawkins missed practice all week because of the injury. It has been bothering him for several weeks. There has been concern in Denver that there could be long-term affects of the injury for Dawkins, 38. There is a chance his career might be affected by the injury.

Denver fullback Spencer Larsen is listed as doubtful with a knee injury. He has missed the entire week of practice. Denver receiver/returner Eddie Royal practiced fully Friday for the first time and is listed as probable.

Pittsburgh standout center Maurkice Pouncey is questionable, but he is not expected to play because of a setback to an ankle injury. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has practiced fully the past two days and is listed as probable to play.