Coming off a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he has a mix of emotions heading into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. "I'm excited. But I'm not to the peak of my excitement yet, that will probably come later," Roethlisberger said before Wednesday's practice. "I'm anxious, excited, a lot of emotions. But, like I said, a lot of it is under wraps right now because we're focusing on practice."
Brett Favre's latest problem is his elbow. Favre said he would consider sitting out a game or two for the Minnesota Vikings this season if the tendinitis in his right elbow gets worse. Favre has started an NFL-record 288 straight games, a streak he cherishes.
Tight end Jermichael Finley, previously expected to miss at least three weeks with a right knee injury, now is likely out for the season, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Doctors discovered they could repair Finley's meniscus, rather than remove it, meaning a better long-term prognosis for the tight end, but a longer recovery period in the short term. Finley's recovery period reportedly now is eight to 10 weeks.
Shawne Merriman's time in San Diego appears to be done. The Chargers placed the linebacker on the reserved-injured list, with a minor-injury designation. That means that when Merriman is healthy -- between now and 6 weeks -- he will be released. Merriman has played sparingly this season and has been limited by a calf injury.
Less than 48 hours after Bobby Cox wrapped up his managing career, the Atlanta Braves introduced former Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez as his replacement. The announcement was widely expected. Cox held a farewell news conference at Turner Field. As soon as he was done, the Braves introduced Gonzalez as their new manager, with Cox as his side. Gonzalez served as the Braves' third-base coach from 2003 to 2006. He then took over as Florida's manager, a post he held for 3½ years.
Gilbert Arenas was fined Wednesday for faking an injury to keep from playing in the Washington Wizards home preseason opener. Coach Flip Saunders said Wednesday that Arenas was fined an undisclosed amount by the team for claiming to have a sore knee before the Wizards' game against Atlanta on Tuesday night. Arenas said after the game Tuesday that he pretended to have a bum knee to give teammate Nick Young a chance to start.
NASCAR announced the second class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. That class consists of: David Pearson - 94%; Bobby Allison - 62%; Lee Petty - 62%; Ned Jarrett - 58%; Bud Moore - 45%.
Jerry Jones says Wade Phillips job is safe despite the Cowboys 1-3 start. Jones, in Chicago for the owners meetings, telling the NFL Network Phillips job isn't an issue. Cowboys play the 1-3 Vikings Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.