Roethlisberger out with worry over rib injury

Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:03pm EST
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(Reuters) - Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out of the Pittsburgh Steeler's divisional clash with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and could be out even longer with a worrying rib injury.

Veteran back-up Byron Leftwich will make his first start for the Steelers, replacing the two-time Super Bowl winner Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger sprained a joint in his right shoulder against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday when he was sacked by linebacker Justin Houston in the third quarter.

But on Wednesday he highlighted another more serious injury, to his first rib, which could keep him sidelined much longer.

"That's the more scary part because I guess if it goes in the wrong direction it could puncture the aorta," Roethlisberger told reporters on Wednesday in comments reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette.

Roethlisberger said he will have to let the rib injury heal but did not believe his season was over.

"I'm going to get back as soon as I can, I know that much," said the quarterback, who added he had spent the last two nights trying to sleep in a chair.

Leftwich came in for Roethlisberger, going 7-for-14 for 73 yards in his first regular season game in almost two years.

The Steelers won 16-13 after an over-time field goal.   Continued...

AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich talks to a reporter in Fort Worth, Texas February 2, 2011 ahead of NFL football's Super Bowl XLV to be played February 6. REUTERS/Brian Snyder