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

Ben Roethlisberger [1]‘€™s shoulder sprain might be the least of his worries [2].

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 [3] that he was experiencing pain at a 9 on a 1-10 scale.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette tweeted [4] the injury could have killed Roethlisberger.

He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich [5] 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.