The Latest from the NFL: Big Ben back for Steelers

The latest from NFL games around the league on the eighth Sunday of the season (all times EST):


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Ben Roethlisberger is back as the Steelers starting quarterback, walking around the field and slapping hands with teammates during pregame warmups. He missed the past four with a sprained left knee, and Pittsburgh (4-3) has a key game at Heinz Field against undefeated Cincinnati (6-0). The Bengals would take command of the AFC North with a win.

The Bengals also have a key player back. Middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict missed the first six games while recovering from offseason knee surgery, and was added to the active roster on Saturday. He's active for the game but is expected to have a limited role as Cincinnati works him back in slowly.

- Joe Kay reporting from Pittsburgh


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