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11:10 AM ET 11.14 | Ben Roethlisberger has been officially ruled out by the team for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As expected, Byron Leftwich will get the start in place of the two-time Super Bowl champion. Roethlisberger was injured on Monday night during the Steelers' win over the Kansas City Chiefs. After undergoing testing on Tuesday, it was discovered that Roethlisberger has a sprained SC joint in his throwing shoulder. The timetable for his return hasn't been announced.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ben Roethlisberger, Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE Ben Roethlisberger, Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE
November 14, 2012  11:16 AM ET

Smart...but not good news

November 14, 2012  11:33 AM ET

Season = over for PIT. If you think B-Left has anything left in the tank...forget about it

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November 14, 2012  11:59 AM ET

Probably a lot worse than the Steelers are letting on.

November 14, 2012  12:05 PM ET

Leftwich, who is about as mobile as a highway divider, is in serious danger playing behind that offensive line. Look for a lot of running plays and short passes. Todd Haley may have found a QB who is compatible with his offense, after all.

November 14, 2012  12:12 PM ET

DAMMIT!

November 14, 2012  12:31 PM ET

Pittsburgh has 7 games left, they are they 6-3, they will not win the AFC North even with a healthy Roethlesberger, they play the Ravens 2 of their next 3 games . The Colts are 6-3 they will win 1 of the Wild Card spots, to make it as a wild card you will probably have to have a 9-7 record, the only other teams in contention for a Wild Card birth are Dolphins, Chargers, Bengal's, and they are all 4-5 and 2 games behind you, even if you were to end up in a tie with Cincinnati right now you have a better divisional record than them and that will also be true at the end of the season, the only team that will threaten you are the Bengals and the Steelers play them them in week #16, so all in all you should rest players and make sure they are 100% healthy by week #16 and possibly the playoffs. Just accept your fate at being the #6 seed in the playoff picture.

November 14, 2012  01:00 PM ET

I am sure the Steelers will rally around everyone writing them off.

November 14, 2012  01:13 PM ET

Give Dixon a shot.

November 14, 2012  01:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Give Dixon a shot.

He's not with the Steelers anymore...

November 14, 2012  01:34 PM ET

The Steelers will focus on getting him ready for the second BAL-PIT matchup

November 14, 2012  01:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Big Ben is out, so is Ray Lewis.

A rapist and a murderer not eligible to play in the NFL. Are the stars aligned, too?

November 14, 2012  02:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Season = over for PIT. If you think B-Left has anything left in the tank...forget about it

Looked to me like B-Left has not even bothered to try to stay in shape...stick a fork in PIT

November 14, 2012  02:23 PM ET

Hopefully they'll start Charlie Batch...
He's probably gonna end up in the game anyway; After Byron gets injured throwing the ball!

November 14, 2012  02:37 PM ET

Sherman, set the Wayback Machine for August, two thousand and ten......

Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for 6 games, later reduced to 4, at the start of the season. Many wrote them off, arguing that they would start the season so far in the hole that they'd never recover. They ended up winning 3 of those 4 games, and finished the season in the playoffs with a 12-4 record.

Do not underestimate a well-run football team.

November 14, 2012  02:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Pittsburgh has 7 games left, they are they 6-3, they will not win the AFC North even with a healthy Roethlesberger, they play the Ravens 2 of their next 3 games . The Colts are 6-3 they will win 1 of the Wild Card spots, to make it as a wild card you will probably have to have a 9-7 record, the only other teams in contention for a Wild Card birth are Dolphins, Chargers, Bengal's, and they are all 4-5 and 2 games behind you, even if you were to end up in a tie with Cincinnati right now you have a better divisional record than them and that will also be true at the end of the season, the only team that will threaten you are the Bengals and the Steelers play them them in week #16, so all in all you should rest players and make sure they are 100% healthy by week #16 and possibly the playoffs. Just accept your fate at being the #6 seed in the playoff picture.

Or you can have simply said, the Steelers currently have the 6th playoff spot and have a 2 game lead over everyone else so it's not a must win.

November 14, 2012  02:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

A rapist and a murderer not eligible to play in the NFL. Are the stars aligned, too?

Well if they are I'm sure Eli is just standing there mesmorized by them and saying "look at all the pretty shiny things" and will get run over again like he has the past 4 weeks or so.

you guys got your clocks cleaned, get over it.

 
November 14, 2012  09:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Well if they are I'm sure Eli is just standing there mesmorized by them and saying "look at all the pretty shiny things" and will get run over again like he has the past 4 weeks or so.you guys got your clocks cleaned, get over it.

True, Eli is many things, but at least he's not a rapist.

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