Ben Roethlisberger Injury: Report suggests Big Ben may have hurt his ribs as well as his shoulder

Justin K. Aller

The hits came fast and furious on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Along with a shoulder injury, a report is suggesting he may have hurt his ribs as well.

It was a savage hit by both Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, and possibly enough to injure Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder and his ribs, writes Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac.

Most reports to this point have indicated Roethlisberger's shoulder, which he was favoring after the hit (a sack on third down).

It's unclear whether Roethlisberger will play Sunday, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin left the door open, saying he's played Roethlisberger before without him having practiced. Tomlin didn't mention anything about his ribs, but wasn't asked about it, either.

Roethlisberger had injured his shoulder during the 2011 season, but Tomlin said the recent injury is not related to the old injury, to his knowledge.

Leftwich's last start came in 2009 when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Leftwich struggled under the same pass rush that gave Roethlisberger problems when he played. Roethlisberger had 33 snaps, and Leftwich had 32. Both completed 50 percent of their passes, and Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace on a seven-yard pass for the Steelers only touchdown of the game.

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