Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has plenty of words to describe his ill-timed foray onto the field last week against Baltimore.

Intentional is not one of them.

Tomlin apologized at length Tuesday for nearly interfering with Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones in the third quarter of a 22-20 Baltimore victory on Thanksgiving night, calling it "embarrassing, inexcusable, illegal, a blunder."

One that is likely to haunt the 41-year-old for the remainder of his career and take a pretty decent bite out of his wallet and perhaps even his reputation.

"There are repercussions of a blunder of that nature and I embrace it," he said. "With my position comes the charge of preserving and protecting the game of football. ... I think my biggest error on Thursday night is not realizing that play jeopardized the game from an integrity standpoint."

Tomlin was standing at the Pittsburgh 35, as is his custom, when the Steelers kicked off after a touchdown that drew them within six points of the Ravens. As the ball settled into Jones' hands, Tomlin turned his attention to one of the videoboards at M&T Stadium to get a better perspective of the play as it unfolded. He stepped onto a strip of turf painted white that is meant to serve as a barrier between the field of play and the sideline.

Jones raced through a hole and down the Steelers sideline while Pittsburgh's Cortez Allen gave chase. Tomlin didn't move even as Jones closed in -- mostly, he said, because he was "mesmerized" by what was happening on the screen.

Packers: The Packers aren't ruling out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons even though the star quarterback hasn't yet been medically cleared to play since breaking his left collarbone a month ago. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers will practice Wednesday in a limited fashion but that backup Matt Flynn would take the snaps with the starters.

Browns: With Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell recovering from concussions, Cleveland signed quarterback Caleb Hanie, giving coach Rob Chudzinski another option this week at New England.