Ben Roethlisberger Reportedly Suffering from 'Rare and Dangerous' Rib Injury

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Ben Roethlisberger Reportedly Suffering from 'Rare and Dangerous' Rib Injury
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1:49 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner

We have an update on Big Ben's projected return date, or lack thereof.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger doesn't know when he's going to be able to get back onto the field after sustaining a rib injury that, if aggravated, could potentially kill him:

 

 

That isn't great news for a Pittsburgh team that really needs to rack up the division wins over the next month and a half in order to compete with the Ravens

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1:03 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner

We have some further updates on what could be a potentially life-threatening rib injury to Big Ben. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette has the details: 

 

 

 

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Everyone seems to be worrying so much about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder injury that they are ignoring what appears to be a greater problem: his alleged rib injury.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the bearer of bad news on Wednesday morning:

 

According to an ESPN.com report, Roethlisberger is dealing with a shoulder sprain that will keep him off the field on Sunday against the Ravens, and Byron Leftwich will start in his place. 

Per a SportingNews.com report, Roethlisberger has sprained the joint that connects the breastbone to the collarbone, and he could miss more than one game—but more importantly, the QB could be dealing with a far more problematic rib injury.

According to an anonymous source via the ESPN report:

[The injury is] rare and dangerous and of greater concern to the Steelers than his shoulder injury. Doctors are concerned that the quarterback's rib injury could lead to more internal damage if he were to play anytime soon.

The team has yet to confirm any news regarding the rib injury. 

Leftwich last started a game in 2009 as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went 0-3 with 594 passing yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in that season.

For the 6-3 Steelers—currently one game behind the Ravens in the AFC North—losing their starting quarterback for a significant portion of the rest of the season could be a huge blow. Of their seven remaining games, five are against division opponents and two are against the two-loss Ravens.

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