Pittsburgh Steelers: Players Who Need to Step Up in Ben Roethlisberger's Absence

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Players Who Need to Step Up in Ben Roethlisberger's Absence
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It was indeed a cold night in the Steel City.  

Temperatures neared freezing at as the Pittsburgh Steelers kicked off against the Kansas City Chiefs

On just the third play of the third quarter, the thermometer reading in Heinz Field may have gone below zero as the collective heart of Steeler Nation sunk into the pits of their stomachs when they watched their franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger jog to the sideline, grabbing his right shoulder in visible pain.

The Steelers were able to emerge a winner in overtime, but a loser on an injury list that continues to get longer with names such as Troy Polamalu, Antonio Brown and Rashard Mendenhall already on it.

Roethlisberger's injury at this point has been determined to be a sprain of the sternoclavicular joint, a rare injury that ended Brett Favre's ironman streak in 2011. 

Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin put Roethlisberger's status as questionable for Sunday night's highly anticipated tilt against the Steelers' arch-rival Baltimore Ravens.

If it is determined that Ben Roethlisberger can't play, it will take a complete and near-flawless effort in all phases of the game for the Steelers to emerge victorious. 

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