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Lewis said that Palmer will start Sunday in Indianapolis even if he doesn’t practice on Friday. Palmer was confident the shoulder will be good enough to let him play against the Colts. His brother, Jordan, is the backup.

The loss to Pittsburgh dropped the defending AFC North champions to 2-6, scuttling their season. They have several players restricted in practice this week because of injuries, including defensive lineman Tank Johnson, who has a knee injury.

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AP freelance writer Kevin Goheen contributed to this report.