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Roethlisberger thought his leg was broken

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08:03 AM ET 12.09 | The Steelers escaped Thursday night with their division title hopes intact, but not without cost. [Ben Roethlsiberger] threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery, and later hobbled off the field with a severe ankle injury only to return and complete a 14-3 victory with one more touchdown pass of 79 yards to Antonio Brown. "I thought my leg was broken, honestly," said Roethlisberger, who made the decision to return to play. "It's one of the most painful things I ever felt." ... Roethlisberger has a high ankle sprain, an injury that can keep players out of action for weeks. For Roethlisberger, it was a matter of minutes. He left the game with six mintues to go, had an x-ray and decided to return.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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December 9, 2011  08:06 AM ET

I guess one of those women "Big Ben" didn't have allegations with kicked him too hard.

December 9, 2011  08:11 AM ET

Gutsy work coming back in, would like to see how much he's limping on it today. Was interesting to see him pacing the sidelines when the D was on the field, didn't want to sit and let it "lock up"--smart move. Bet it looks like a watermelon this morning.

December 9, 2011  08:12 AM ET

Love him or hate him, Big Ben is a tough dude.

December 9, 2011  08:12 AM ET

It did look nasty. Not nasty enough.

December 9, 2011  08:15 AM ET

Steelers fans took one, long, singular gasp last night.

Like DD said... one tough hombre no matter what you think of him personally.

December 9, 2011  08:16 AM ET

Ben = Toughest QB EVER

December 9, 2011  08:16 AM ET

They would've had to call a chopper to get Tom Brady out of there.

December 9, 2011  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They would've had to call a chopper to get Tom Brady out of there.

aw man..now watch him pizz all over you guys Sunday. lol

December 9, 2011  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They would've had to call a chopper to get Tom Brady out of there.

I know right. Men, women, and children would've been crying as well.

December 9, 2011  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Ben = Toughest QB EVER

Close. Steve McNair is my choice.

December 9, 2011  08:29 AM ET

I agree with you all. There is no doubt, regardless of Big Ben's off field behaviour, he is one tough, gutsy, competitor. It has to be a team motivator, to play along side a guy like that.

December 9, 2011  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

aw man..now watch him pizz all over you guys Sunday. lol

I know he will. We're happy to be able to see a real QB, fool.

Point is he's as soft as tissue. Ben could shiiiit out a turd tougher than Tom.

December 9, 2011  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I know right. Men, women, and children would've been crying as well.

NONE of the New England posters would be in here.

December 9, 2011  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Close. Steve McNair is my choice.

Ah..... McNair....

December 9, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Yup...Big Ben is one tough hombre.

December 9, 2011  08:49 AM ET

The last 7 points just pure icing, Pittsburgh never needed any more points against hapless Cleveland. We'll see how he feels the next day.

December 9, 2011  08:56 AM ET

big ben is the man...

December 9, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Steelers fans took one, long, singular gasp last night. Like DD said... one tough hombre no matter what you think of him personally.

couldn't ask for a tougher guy....why i initially thought he broke it...
bring on the 9ers...

December 9, 2011  09:04 AM ET

Ben has played with so many broken bones, sprains. The only other QB who comes close to being as tough was Terry Bradshaw, another Steeler. And for the record Brady would not only have been choppered out he would be out the rest of the season. Maybe be back for next year if he could stop crying by then. And they would have thrown a flag had it been him.

 
December 9, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They would've had to call a chopper to get Tom Brady out of there.

No way!

The chopper is always in the parking lot with its rotors spun up. No need to call.

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