Ben Roethlisberger dislocated index finger on throwing hand in loss to Vikings

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Roethlisberger remained in the game and nearly led the Steelers back from a 17-point second-half deficit.

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger winced in pain after throwing a touchdown to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery in Pittsburgh's 34-27 loss to Minnesota in Week 4.

It wasn't just a temporary injury, as it turns out. Roethlisberger suffered a subluxation of his right index finger - simply put, a dislocated joint in that finger.

Roethlisberger stayed in the game and managed to drive the Steelers down to the Vikings's 6-yard line down seven points. He was sacked by Everson Griffen, and the Vikings held on for the win.

He had two turnovers in the game, while going 36-for-51 for 383 yards and a touchdown. It was the second game in a row Roethlisberger has topped 375 yards, including the 406 he got in a Week 3 loss to Chicago.

Roethlisberger is 103-for-162 on the season, with 1,231 yards (fifth-highest in the NFL) five touchdowns, five interceptions and a rating of 84.2.

The Steelers are not holding their Tuesday press conference due to the impending bye week, but the players are practicing and speaking to the media.

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