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NFL notebook — Nov. 30

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The Pittsburgh Steelers placed center Fernando Velasco on injured reserve with a season-ending Achilles injury.

Velasco injured the Achilles in Thursday’s 22-20 loss to Baltimore. Velasco is the second center to be lost for the season. Maurkice Pouncey tore the ACL in his right knee eight plays into the opener against Tennessee in September.

The Steelers signed center Eric Olsen and offensive tackle Rashad Butler to add depth to a depleted line. Olsen played in 16 games, with four starts, for the New Orleans Saints in 2012. He was released by the Saints in September. Butler has played in 50 games over the last seven seasons, most recently for the Cleveland Browns.

To make room for Olsen and Butler, the Steelers released cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.

Wolfe to miss game

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was alert and recovering at a Denver hospital Saturday after suffering seizure-like symptoms when the team’s bus pulled into the airport Friday afternoon for the flight to Kansas City. Wolfe won’t play in today’s showdown against the Chiefs.

Team doctors began treating Wolfe on the bus, then summoned an ambulance to take him to a hospital, where the second-year pro from the University of Cincinnati underwent a battery of tests Friday night and Saturday.

It was determined that Wolfe didn’t suffer a stroke or a full-blown seizure, but the Broncos didn’t specify the exact cause of his symptoms, saying only that he was doing better Saturday evening and that he was alert and communicating with others.

It’s not known when Wolfe will be released from the hospital or when he’ll be cleared to resume football.

He was fine at Friday’s practice and in the locker room afterward. It was only when the bus was pulling into the airport about 90 minutes later that he fell mysteriously ill.

Around the league

Wide receiver Percy Harvin is listed as doubtful to play Monday night for Seattle against the New Orleans Saints because of lingering soreness in his surgically repaired hip. Harvin made his debut with the Seahawks two weeks ago against the Minnesota Vikings and appeared in 21 total plays, 19 offensive snaps and two plays on special teams. Harvin made one catch for 17 yards and returned a kickoff 58 yards in his only two touches. The Miami Dolphins put troubled offensive tackle Jonathan Martin on the reserve/non-football illness list Saturday, freeing up his roster spot so safety D.J. Campbell could be promoted from the team’s practice squad.


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