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02:22 PM ET 11.14 | The Pittsburgh Steelers received some bad news on Wednesday about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Additional testing on his injured right shoulder revealed a more significant problem, a partially dislocated rib. The injury even threatened Roethlisberger's life with the rib being dangerously close to pressing his aorta, according to Ed Boucette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Roethlisberger suffered the injury in a Monday night win against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was initially called a shoulder injury. He was taken to the hospital immediately after suffering the injury during the game, a rare move that revealed the team's level of concern. The Steelers have already ruled out Roethlisberger for Week 11, and reports Wednesday point toward an extended absence for the quarterback.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ben Roethlisberger, Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE Ben Roethlisberger, Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE
November 14, 2012  02:26 PM ET

That must have been some hit...

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November 14, 2012  02:58 PM ET

Not good....Ravens must be ecstatic with 2 out of 3 games against Leftwich.

So much for the "bring in Haley-dink and dunk offense to keep Ben healthy" idea....fail.

November 14, 2012  03:14 PM ET

Didn't they say the same thing about Danny Amendola's injury? That it almost killed him? How similar were the injuries?

By penalizing defenders for head hits, has the league instead caused more upper-body contact and chest trauma?

November 14, 2012  03:14 PM ET

Steelers have won 4 of the last 5 games Ben has missed. Don't count them out so quickly.
Just hold down the fort til Ben can get back.

November 14, 2012  03:16 PM ET

The frequency of Big Ben threads has reached Favre-like levels.

November 14, 2012  03:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The frequency of Big Ben threads has reached Favre-like levels.

First of all, no it has not. Secondly, DO NOT SPEAK THAT NAME! (You'll awaken the Frivolous Thread Beast.)

November 14, 2012  04:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Steelers have won 4 of the last 5 games Ben has missed. Don't count them out so quickly.Just hold down the fort til Ben can get back.

I would be inclined to agree IF: Troy Polamalu, Rashard Mendenhall, Antonio Brown, Marcus Gilbert, David DeCastro were healthy and could be counted on. Do we even know about Ryan Clark yet?

And let's face - James Harrison is done. He can barely get out of his own way. They need Carter and Worlids and Spence back to contribute, too. Not gonna happen.

November 14, 2012  04:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That must have been some hit...

It wasn't so much the hit as it was the landing.

November 14, 2012  05:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It wasn't so much the hit as it was the landing.

That's what she said.

November 14, 2012  06:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It wasn't so much the hit as it was the landing.

Is it artificial turf in Steeler town?

November 14, 2012  07:55 PM ET

It is a cross of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia.

November 14, 2012  09:13 PM ET

Karma is SUCH a b*i*t*c*h ...

 
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