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    Kanas City.Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Ed Oliver Jersey , cornerback Joe Haden and guard David DeCastro could all miss practice time after getting dinged up in a season-opening tie in Cleveland.Roethlisberger is dealing with a right (throwing) elbow issue, Haden has a hamstring problem and DeCastro fractured one of his hands during the four-hour marathon in a monsoon.Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he will monitor their participation before making any sort of judgment on whether they will be available when the Chiefs (1-0) visit Heinz Field.The injuries don’t appear to be serious, with Haden the most likely candidate to sit out if his hamstring doesn’t recover in time.Tomlin described Roethlisberger’s achy elbow the byproduct of “the bumps and bruises associated with play.”Roethlisberger raised his concerns after the bizarre 21-21 tie in Cleveland, a game in which the 36-year-old turned the ball over five times, three on interceptions and twice on fumbles. Tomlin said Roethlisberger’s elbow had nothing to do with the miscues.DeCastro fractured his hand during the game but did not miss a play. The All-Pro cleared the way for a pair of touchdown runs by second-year running back James Conner, including a textbook kickout block on Conner’s 22-yard scoring run in the second quarter.If Haden is unable to play, the Steelers will turn to Cam Sutton to fill the void. Sutton grabbed his first career NFL interception when he picked off Tyrod Taylor‘s lob late in the fourth quarter. Sutton’s play was part of what Tomlin described as a “very positive” performance by his team’s restructured secondary.Tomlin also praised the new alignment at outside linebacker of T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree. The two switched sides during the offseason, with Dupree set up to go at the quarterback’s blind side. The two combined for five of Pittsburgh’s seven sacks, four of them going to Watt.The Steelers are also planning to get ready for Kansas City without All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, who remains out while waiting to sign his one-year franchise tender. Tomlin said he has not had any contact with Bell, who has dominated the Chiefs during his career. He is averaging 126.8 yards rushing against Kansas City in four regular-season games and racked up 170 yards in a divisional round win two years ago.Conner filled in capably for Bell in Cleveland, piling up 192 total yards on 36 touches. Tomlin is not concerned about relying too heavily on Conner , pointing out Conner was a workhorse during his college career at the University of Pittsburgh.“That’s one of the things that made him attractive,” Tomlin said.13<button class=”view-gallery”>View Gallery</button> Gallery:FANTASY PLAYS: Week 2 pickups good, but no huge playersBob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports | Bob Donnan DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions were the team with the healthy starting quarterback, but in the end, Matthew Stafford came up short.Stafford had an interception returned for a tiebreaking touchdown in the fourth quarter, then had another pass picked off in the end zone with just over a minute remaining in Detroit’s 23-16 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday. Chicago was without injured quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but the Bears’ stellar defense got the best of Stafford.With the score tied at 16, Stafford’s short pass to the left was intercepted by Eddie Jackson and returned 41 yards for a touchdown with 6:00 to play. The Lions (4-7) drove back down the field, but on third down from the Chicago 11, Stafford’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Kyle Fuller.“Jackson made a really good play on the first one. I’ve still got to see him a little better than I did,” Stafford said. “Second one, I know we got four chances at it there. Put it in where I thought was going to be a good spot Devin Singletary Jersey , and just wasn’t.”Stafford went 28 of 38 for 236 yards, but Detroit didn’t take many deep shots. The Lions were playing Chicago for the second time in 12 days. In the previous meeting — a 34-22 win by the Bears — Chicago had six sacks.Stafford wanted to release the ball quickly Thursday, and he was sacked only twice in the rematch, but the Lions looked limited on offense. Detroit was without injured receiver Marvin Jones and injured running back Kerryon Johnson.The Bears (8-3) didn’t have Trubisky, but Chase Daniel stepped in for his third career start, going 27 of 37 for 230 yards and two touchdowns.Still, points were tough to come by, and the Lions were in decent shape in the fourth quarter, taking over at their 41 with 6:09 remaining in a tied game. Then Stafford’s pass intended for Michael Roberts was picked off by Jackson and run back to the end zone.“I saw him coming out of center field. Just thought we had outflanked him,” Stafford said. “Thought Mike was out wider than he was, which was the truth. Just didn’t get it to him quick enough. He did a good job undercutting it and obviously made a great play.”There was still plenty of time, and before long Kyler Murray Jersey , Detroit had first-and-10 from the Chicago 12. After a short run and an incompletion, Stafford threw to the right side for Roberts, but the receiver didn’t go where Stafford’s pass did — toward the back corner of the end zone.“It was one human on one human to my right, so I felt pretty good about it,” Stafford said. “Mike’s a big guy. Was going to try and give him a high ball to go up and jump and get.”Instead, Fuller intercepted the pass . Stafford was asked if he expected an interference flag, since Roberts’ route may have been impeded a bit.“No. I think obviously it’s a physical game,” Stafford said. “I was thinking Mike was going to be in a different spot, but that’s cutting the ball loose and then hoping sometimes that you’re on the same page. Obviously didn’t work out in our favor.”

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