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Morning Jolt: Surgery for Roethlisberger

Monday, December 6

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Surgery on tap for Roethlisberger

It didn't take a background in medicine for many to guess what the Steelers weren't willing to address during Sunday night's game: something was seriously wrong with Ben Roethlisberger's nose. [Roethlisberger] will have surgery to repair a broken nose, sustained in the first series when he was sacked by the Ravens Haloti Ngata, who hit the quarterback in the face with his left hand. Roethlisberger, though, will be able to play next Sunday against Cincinnati. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Comment

Mets GM mocks Werth deal

Sunday's biggest free agent news came in the form of Washington taking Jasyson Werth off the market with a reported seven-year, $126 million deal. A longtime skeptic about the perils of long-term deals, [Sandy] Alderson could only smile. "Makes some of our contracts look pretty good," he cracked. "That's a long time, and a lot of money. I thought they were trying to reduce the deficit in Washington." His humor was droll. But his baseball methodology relies on such discretion. The Mets' roster is bloated by the final years of deals with players such as Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez. (The Star-Ledger)Comment

Knicks looking for PG help

Buoyed by a bevy of losing teams on the recent schedule, the Knicks are on the rise and may be looking to deal. [New York has] made inquiries to other teams about acquiring a low-cost backup point guard to preserve the starter Raymond Felton, according to two N.B.A. executives with knowledge of the organization's discussions. The Knicks are looking at players whose contracts expire at the end of the season in order to keep their salary-cap space for the summer. They are willing to part with Bill Walker, according to the executives. (The New York Times)Comment

Must-See Photo

Greg Jennings helps the Packers to a 34-16 win over the Niners with this 57-yard TD catch. And yes, that is a Packers uniform, a throwback to 1929. (AP)

Must-See Video

Eric Weems begins the Falcons' fourth-quarter comeback with a nifty 102-yard kickoff return.

Game To Watch

The Jets and Patriots duel for AFC supremacy, 8:30 p.m. ET

  1. New York Jets
  2. New England Patriots

SI Vault: More Jerry Rice

This Day in Sports

  • 1992 -- Jerry Rice becomes the NFL's all-time TD catch leader with his 101st touchdown catch
  • 1986 -- Univeristy of Miami QB Vinny Testaverde wins the 52nd Heisman Trophy
  • 1970 -- The Cleveland Cavaliers gain their first home victory 108-106 over the Buffalo Braves