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Ben Roethlisberger’s Rib Injury Could Force Him To Miss 6 Weeks

November 14, 2012 Steelers

ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reports that doctors have advised Ben Roethlisberger to wait until his rib injury is fully healed, which “could take up to six weeks.”

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Ben Roethlisberger mentioned that he doesn’t think his rib injury is season ending, but he’s still unsure when he will be able to return to the field.

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Ed Bouchette reports that Ben Roethlisberger has rare rib injury that could potentially kill him if it were to press against his aorta.

There hasn’t been any documented cases of a player having this injury since 1998. Roethlisberger is dealing with a partially dislocated rib, so it seems likely that he will be held out for an extended period of time.

Byron Leftwich could be under center for at least the next three weeks.

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Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that Ben Roethlisberger will Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens because of injuries to his shoulder and ribs.

Byron Leftwich will obviously start in his place.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Roethlisberger’s rib injury is “rare and dangerous.”

Schefter adds that “greater concern” is Ben’s rib, despite the fact that there’s been a lot of coverage relating to his injured throwing shoulder.

It’s hard to put a timetable on his return now that he’s dealing with numerous injuries that are both serious in nature. Leftwich could be asked to start multiple games for them. Pittsburgh has the Ravens and Browns as their next two matchups.

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced that Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a sternoclavicular sprain in his right shoulder and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens, per Mike Garafolo.

“Proceed with Byron,” according to a Steelers source, per Josina Anderson. “It doesn’t look like you’re going to have Ben this week. We’re looking at next week as a possibility as of right now.

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Ed Werder of ESPN.com reports that the Steelers are concerned that Ben Roethlisberger suffered a  a “pretty significant” injury to throwing shoulder during last nights win over Kansas City.

Roethlisberger’s shoulder is “probably going to take a while to heal,” according to Werder’s source. Previous reports indicated that the injury was “unusual” and could keep him out “at least” a couple of weeks.

Roethlisberger reportedly experienced a lot of pain this morning, so he will undergo further testing to determine the severity of the injury. Byron Leftwich figures to get the start this weekend against the Ravens.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter updates Ben Roethlisberger‘s status by reporting that the Steelers have been informed that he has a shoulder sprain at this point, but adds that there’s still a chance that he’s dealing with a separated shoulder.

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Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that two sources have informed him that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger suffered a separated shoulder during Monday night’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

There’s a lot to be figured out and we probably won’t know anything definitive until the morning, but that’s what the [Steelers] team doctor said,” according to Cole’s source.

Roethlisberger was taken to a hospital for an MRI exam, so I’m sure we’ll have a better idea of the severity regarding his injury at some point tomorrow.

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