Reports are swirling around on the status of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who left Monday Night's game against Kansas City with an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder. Some reports suggest he left early because his wife went into labor. Some say he left early to get in line to purchase the latest edition in the Call of Duty: Black Ops series.
In reality, he went to get an extended MRI (something not available on site) to determine the extent of the damage to his shoulder, and initial reports are saying he "sprained" his shoulder.
However it gets sliced, he wasn't on the field, and the offense stalled significantly. How that leaves him in relation to the Steelers divisional game against Baltimore in Week 11 remains to be seen. The standard being the standard and all that, the offense just will not be the same without Roethlisberger.
There will be more information as the week progresses, but the Steelers will likely have to prepare for the early part of this week with the expectation that Byron Leftwich will be making his first start since 2009 - when he was with Tampa Bay.
The face of the offense will change, and while it was under a different regime in 2010, the Steelers had to fight through an extended Roethlisberger absence, including a home game against Baltimore. Leftwich was also hurt that season, and veteran back-up Charlie Batch couldn't pull out the win.