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Old 11-14-2012, 07:46 AM   #9
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Ben Roethlisberger out this week for Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't taking any chances. Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer reports that Ben Roethlisberger will sit out Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Byron Leftwich will start.

The Steelers trail their division rivals by one game, but they have to look to the long-term future of this season. They need Roethlisberger healthy for the stretch run.

Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder sprain isn't the only injury he's dealing with.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Roethlisberger has a rib injury that was not mentioned by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday. The rib was also hurt on a third quarter sack of Roethlisberger and "could also be a serious problem."

Roethlisberger's shoulder injury and rib problem could keep him out a "matter of weeks" and Bouchette wrote that "any speculation" at this point about how many weeks is "just that." This particular shoulder sprain is not that common in football.

Considering how things looked when Roethlisberger left Heinz Field on Monday night, there may be some relief in Pittsburgh that this injury isn't more serious. But the Steelerscan't afford to miss Roethlisberger for long. Safety Troy Polamalu is expected to miss another week. Wide receiver Antonio Brown, running back Rashard Mendenhall, and tackle Marcus Gilbert are among the other Steelers shaky to play this week.
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