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Steelers deny Big Ben X-ray rumor

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07:17 AM ET 01.30 | Another injury, another mystery hovers around quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the Super Bowl nears. Coach Mike Tomlin yesterday denied a report that Roethlisberger had X-rays on his back/ribs Wednesday. "Not that I heard," Tomlin told a pool reporter after Roethlisberger went through a full practice yesterday. "Ben's health is often the subject of inaccurate reports. He's fine." Access to Super Bowl practices is limited to one pool reporter for each team. Peter King of Sports Illustrated is covering the Steelers' practices and files a pool report each day. Roethlisberger was speared during the AFC championship game and was shown talking to a doctor and trainer in the tunnel at Heinz Field while backup Byron Leftwich warmed up. Roethlisberger never left the game but sat out practice Jan. 21 in Pittsburgh, and the reason given by Tomlin on his injury report was "back." Roethlisberger has practiced since, and King reported he had a good one yesterday. Roethlisberger, at media interviews earlier in the day, refused to discuss the report on profootballtalk.com that he had an X-ray on his back/ribs.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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