The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't ready to rule out running back DeAngelo Williams for Saturday's wild-card game against Cincinnati.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Williams is "day to day" after injuring his right leg in last weekend's victory over Cleveland.

The 32-year-old Williams tied for the NFL lead with 11 rushing touchdowns while filling in for Le'Veon Bell, who is out for the season because of a torn ligament in his right knee.

If Williams can't play, the Steelers will rely heavily on Jordan Todman and Fitzgerald Toussaint as they prepare for the AFC North champion Bengals.

Dalton back, but McCarron will start

Andy Dalton's passing hand was finally free, liberated from the black cast that has covered his right forearm and his spirits for the past three weeks.

And Bengals coach Marvin Lewis held out the possibility Dalton might have a backup role for Cincinnati's playoff game.

Dalton ran a couple of plays early in practice and threw a pass — with his left hand — before raising his arm in celebration and heading back to the sideline to continue his conditioning work.

What are the chances he could be on the active roster when the Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night?

"I'd love to be in there playing," Dalton said.

His right thumb will likely prevent it.

The AFC North champions are getting AJ McCarron ready to play against their division rival. Dalton broke the thumb on his passing hand while making a tackle during the Steelers' 33-20 victory at Paul Brown Stadium on Dec. 13. McCarron went 2-1 as a starter in the past three games.

Although Dalton got the cast removed Monday, he has to rebuild the strength in his hand.

Also, he hasn't practiced in three weeks, leaving him rusty — a bad combination for playoff time. So the Bengals are heading into the playoffs with McCarron as the starter.

"This team's built for this kind of stuff," Dalton said. "AJ's going to do a good job when things happen."

Jaguars fire Babich

Jacksonville and Jaguars coach Gus Bradley parted ways with defensive coordinator Bob Babich after three of the worst defensive seasons in franchise history. During that stretch, the Jaguars ranked 29th in the NFL in total defense and 31st in scoring defense.

The Jaguars made the announcement after Bradley met with his assistants. It was unclear whether Babich was the only assistant let go.


•Cornerback Cary Williams has signed with the NFC East champion Redskins ahead of their wild-card game against the Packers, taking the roster spot of safety Kyshoen Jarrett, who was placed on injured reserve. Washington also activated center Kory Lichtensteiger off IR after missing the second half of the regular season because of a neck injury; he is expected to reclaim his starting job from fill-in Josh LeRibeus.

•The Eagles interviewed Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their head coaching vacancy. Gase was the first coach outside the organization to come in, after the Eagles conducted in-house interviews with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and running backs coach Duce Staley.

•Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has a broken thumb on his non-throwing hand, an injury that won't affect his offseason. Bortles broke his left thumb in the season finale Sunday at Houston.