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Ben Roethlisberger injury: Steelers QB leaves field after suffering leg injury

Roethlisberger was down but he's not out. He will return for the Steelers' first drive of the fourth quarter.

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It was a painful touchdown pass.

Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown on a three-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Steelers' Week 16 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Right before he threw it, he took what looked like a leg-whip from Chiefs defensive tackle Vance Walker.

Roethlisberger was down after the play and walked off with a noticeable limp. He briefly left the field but returned for the Steelers' next drive, leading 17-9.

The Steelers' quarterback is having the best season of his career, and he hasn't missed a snap in the last 33 games. Incidentally, the last time Roethlisberger was injured enough to miss game time was the last time the Steelers played the Chiefs. He ended up missing three games, and his play was clearly not the same as before the injury.

Pittsburgh's offense has been largely handcuffed by a tough Chiefs defense. The touchdown Roethlisberger threw came after Stephon Tuitt forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Vince Williams. It is the only turnover of the game so far.