NFL notebook: Ex-Steeler Porter arrested in California

| Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, 1:26 p.m.

USA Today reported that former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter was arrested and jailed in Bakersfield, Calif., on charges that he passed a bad check in Las Vegas last week.

Porter was pulled over by police for a routine traffic violation when an officer discovered the warrant and arrested him.

Porter, 35, was a third-round selection out of Colorado State by the Steelers, for whom he played from 1999-2006.

Porter's 60 sacks rank third on the Steelers' all-time list behind Jason Gildon (77) and James Harrison (63).

Porter finished his 13-year NFL career with the Dolphins (2007-09) and Arizona Cardinals (2010-11). He ended his career with 98 sacks and 12 interceptions.

Pagano returns to work

Colts coach Chuck Pagano thanked interim coach Bruce Arians for taking over and doing a “masterful” job in leading the team to the NFL playoffs.

Pagano was back coaching the Colts on Monday, making his return the day after rookie Andrew Luck helped the team beat Kansas City and clinch a spot in the postseason.

Pagano was on indefinite leave to battle leukemia since Oct. 1. The day he left, he had asked Arians to step in and take over.

Pagano said at Colts headquarters Monday: “You carried the torch, and all you went out and did was win ballgames.”

Pagano began the first of three rounds of chemotherapy Sept. 26, after the team completed its final practice during a bye week.

When the Colts returned to their practice facility Oct. 1, they were told Pagano had cancer and was taking an indefinite leave.

If all goes well at practice this week, Pagano likely will be on the sideline calling the shots Sunday against AFC South champion Houston.

Browns injury update

Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden may still play in the Browns' final game.

Coach Pat Shurmur said Richardson's sprained left ankle and Weeden's sore right shoulder are being evaluated. He did not rule out either playing against the Steelers on Sunday.

Both first-round picks were hurt in a 34-12 loss in Denver.

Jets' Tebow not pleased

Rex Ryan acknowledged that Tim Tebow was “disappointed” the Jets coach chose Greg McElroy over him to start for the benched Mark Sanchez but said Tebow would have played in any role that was asked of him — including the wildcat.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Tebow asked out of his wildcat offense duties last week after hearing that McElroy, the third-stringer, would get his first NFL start over Tebow, listed as the No. 2 quarterback.

Vick will start for Eagles

Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles has a broken right hand, and coach Andy Reid said Michael Vick likely will start against the Giants in Sunday's season finale.

Reid said Monday that Foles broke his throwing hand in a 27-20 loss to Washington but returned after X-rays were negative.

Vick hasn't played since suffering a concussion Nov. 11.

Extra points

The Bills placed tight end Scott Chandler on injured reserve a day after he hurt his left knee in a loss to Miami. ... The Bears agreed to a one-year contract extension with veteran long snapper Patrick Mannelly through 2013.

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