John Harbaugh will return to coach the Baltimore Ravens next season, and the team says it's working on an extension beyond 2019.

Harbaugh took over as Baltimore's coach in 2008 and has taken the team to the playoffs six times, winning the Super Bowl in 2012.

The Ravens didn't reach the postseason in each of the past three years, however, and are striving to end that streak with two games left in the regular season.

Regardless of how Baltimore (8-6) finishes, Harbaugh will be back to finish the final year of his current contract.

In a statement Friday, the Ravens wrote: "John Harbaugh will continue as our head coach for the 2019 season, and he and we are working on an extension to his existing contract."

 

Pittsburgh receivers ready

It's been an uneven rookie season for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington, but he may be needed for a bigger role nonetheless.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh's leading receiver, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at New Orleans, and if he can't play, the Steelers expect Washington to help fill the void.

Smith-Schuster, who has 95 receptions for 1,274 yards, left Thursday's practice with a groin injury. He did not practice Friday and did not speak with reporters. Antonio Brown, second on the Steelers with 90 catches for 1,112 yards and a team-best 13 touchdowns, was optimistic about Smith-Schuster's availability.

"I think he'll be there for us," Brown said.

Meanwhile, Washington will look to continue his recent upswing.

 

Panthers' Reid fined

Panthers safety Eric Reid says he's been fined a fourth time this season by the NFL for an illegal hit — this time for a hit that didn't draw a flag.

The play came in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints, when Reid and linebacker Luke Kuechly converged on wide receiver Michael Thomas near the sideline.

Reid posted a video of the play on Twitter and wrote "adding it to the file," referring to his ongoing collusion case pending against the NFL. He alleges that owners conspired to keep him out of the league for kneeling alongside Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice.

Reid tweeted he was fined $20,054.

 

Bears' Long practices

Guard Kyle Long felt whole again Friday after returning to practice with the Chicago Bears for the first time since late October.

Following seven missed games after foot surgery, Long is hoping to come off injured reserve in time for the Bears' first playoff game in January, if not before.

"It felt good to be in a helmet and running around," Long said. "I don't feel like a ghost in the building, which is nice."

Long suffered a tendon injury to his right foot on Oct. 28 in Chicago's win over the New York Jets, and then underwent surgery and rehab. Long practiced Friday only on a limited basis and the team will monitor his recovery.