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NFL notebook — Dec. 3

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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he’s “embarrassed” about his ill-timed foray onto the field in last Thursday night’s loss to Baltimore but stressed the move was not intentional.

Tomlin apologized at length on Tuesday, saying he did not want to jeopardize the integrity of the game by defending his “inexcusable” actions. Tomlin nearly collided with Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones after lingering too close to the field of play in the third quarter of a 22-20 Baltimore win.

Tomlin says he spoke with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday and will accept any punishment from the league. The coach added he was “mesmerized” watching Jones’ long return and didn’t realize he was in danger of interfering with the play until it was too late.

Rodgers not ruled out

The Green Bay Packers aren’t ruling out Aaron Rodgers even though the star quarterback hasn’t yet been medically cleared to play since breaking his left collarbone a month ago.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that Rodgers will practice in a limited fashion today but backup Matt Flynn will take the starter’s snaps.

Rodgers confirmed that he underwent an X-ray and CT scan Tuesday.

Vikings break ground

The Minnesota Vikings have broken ground on their new stadium.

Team owners and officials were joined by hundreds of local politicians, business leaders and purple-clad fans Tuesday morning to commemorate the start of construction on the billion-dollar project.

The yet-to-be-named stadium will be built on the same downtown site as the Metrodome.


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