Pittsburgh Steelers' Big Ben Has Bell Rung

bill dukeContributor INovember 23, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Steelers 27-24.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and may have lost their starting QB Ben Roethlisberger as well.

With the game knotted at 24 apiece in OT, Roethlisberger took a knee to the head and was taken out of the game.  He was replaced by understudy Charlie Batch.

According to head coach Mike Tomlin, Big Ben “took a blow, needless to say, it was a concussion-oriented thing so I doubt he was going to come back into the football game.”

According to ESPN , Batch reportedly suffered a wrist injury in relief and will miss four to six weeks after he has surgery—QB Dennis Dixon is the team’s third-stringer.

Tomlin would not comment on how severe the injury was and Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he wasn’t convinced that he was concussed and that he felt OK.

The Steelers ended up losing 27-24 and failed to cover as 12-point road favorites—the total was set at 39.5 and went over.

Pittsburgh faces division rival Baltimore this week and a line has yet to be set.