Big Ben, Brown await word on play­ing

Steel­ers’ star o≠en­sive play­ers were hurt by the Ben­gals’ Bur­fict.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Will Graves

pitts­burgh» The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers are head­ing to Den­ver but are wor­ried about quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger.

Roeth­lis­berger in­jured his right shoul­der in the third quar­ter of Satur­day night’s wild-card win over Cincin­nati when he was roughly tack­led by Ben­gals linebacker Von­taze Bur­fict. Roeth­lis­berger left the game, then re­turned to lead a game-win­ning drive. He will be eval­u­ated this week.

Wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown is re­cov­er­ing from a con­cus­sion, suf­fered late in the game when Bur­fict hit him af­ter a pass sailed past. That earned the Bur­fict a 15yard penalty, which helped put the Steel­ers in po­si­tion to kick a game-win­ning field goal with 14 sec­onds left in their 18-16 vic­tory.

Brown’s team­mates in­sisted the all-pro was “fine” af­ter ap­pear­ing to be briefly knocked out.

Roeth­lis­berger told Pitts­burgh me­dia Sun­day that his right shoul­der is “sore” and that he is “day to day.”

The quar­ter­back had an MRI af­ter the game and said he was not sure how badly he was in­jured.

Also in­jured Satur­day was full­back and tight end Will John­son, who pulled a ham­string in his left leg and said he hoped to play against the Bron­cos. And safety Robert Golden suf­fered a sprained shoul­der but said he will play at Den­ver.

The Steel­ers beat the Bron­cos 34-27 on Dec. 20, ral­ly­ing from a 17-point deficit. Bron­cos quar­ter­back Brock Osweiler strug­gled in the se­cond half of that game. Pey­ton Man­ning will start in Sun­day’s di­vi­sion­al­round play­off.

The Bron­cos and Steel­ers have met seven times dur­ing the post­sea­son, with Den­ver win­ning four of them, most re­cently four sea­sons ago in the wild­card round.

Pitts­burgh Steel­ers wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown can’t come up with a pass Satur­day while de­fended by Cincin­nati’s Chris Lewis-Har­ris. Andy Lyons, Getty Im­ages

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