Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (right) gave the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Steelers a major scare by suffering a concussion during yesterday's game, an essentially meaningless 31-0 victory over the embarrassed Browns. Roethlisberger, who was expected to play a half to stay sharp before a two-week break, lay on the turf for nearly 15 minutes after being leveled by Willie McGinest and D'Qwell Jackson (Maryland) while passing late in the second quarter.
Despite the long delay, Roethlisberger's teammates did not react as if he had been seriously hurt and the quarterback flashed a thumbs-up while being driven off the field.
Browns: : Phil Savage is out as general manager after four seasons, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press last night.
Savage, a former Ravens executive who joined the Browns in 2005, will no longer be with the team after the organization decided to go in another direction, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because there were still details of the move to work out. Savage had four years left on a contract extension he signed in May.
It is unclear whether Savage resigned or was fired by owner Randy Lerner.
Coach Romeo Crennel is expected to be dismissed today.
49ers:: San Francisco followed Joe Nedney's game-ending field goal with an even bigger bang, swiftly confirming that coach Mike Singletary will be back next year.
A few minutes after Nedney's kick sneaked inside the upright for a 27-24 victory over the Redskins, the 49ers officially announced that Singletary will keep his job. San Francisco (7-9) won five of its final seven games and went 5-4 overall under Singletary, the Hall of Fame linebacker who took over for fellow former Ravens assistant Mike Nolan on Oct. 20.
Patriots: : Quarterback Tom Brady has fallen behind in his efforts to recover from knee surgery and could risk missing next season if another operation is needed, NBCsports.com reported.
Brady underwent surgery Oct. 6 after tearing two ligaments in his right knee in the first quarter of the season opener. The knee later became infected, requiring more operations, which resulted in a buildup of scar tissue, the Web site said, citing an anonymous NFL source.
Brady's backup, Matt Cassel, led the Patriots to an 11-5 record.
Dolphins: : Bill Parcells could walk away from his contract with Miami if owner Wayne Huizenga sells his majority share of the team, ESPN.com reported.
When Parcells joined the Dolphins as executive vice president of football operations last year, his deal included a clause that would allow him to leave, with the rest of his $12 million guaranteed contract fully paid, no strings attached, if Huizenga were to sell the team.
Earlier this year, Huizenga agreed to sell 95 percent of the Dolphins to his partner, Stephen Ross, a New York developer.