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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s rib injury could be life-threatening

11.14.12 at 2:54 pm ET
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Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder sprain might be the least of his worries.

The Steelers quarterback said Wednesday he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night’s win against the Chiefs. Roethlisberger sprained a joint in his shoulder on the play but says the rib issue is a bigger concern.

Roethlisberger said doctors are concerned his rib could cut into his aorta. Roethlisberger told an NFL Network reporter that he was experiencing pain at a 9 on a 1-10 scale.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette tweeted the injury could have killed Roethlisberger.

He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich will start in his place.

Roethlisberger was having a great year, with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

There is no timetable for his return.

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