Ottawa Citizen

Steelers won’t rule Roethlisbe­rger out

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PITTSBURGH • Ben Roethlisbe­rger’s second concussion in slightly more than four months may not keep him out of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ lineup Sunday or prevent him from practising this week.

The Super Bowl- winning quarterbac­k is questionab­le for Sunday’s game in Oakland, but Bill Cowher sounded yesterday very much like a coach who expects to have his starting quarterbac­k ready to go this week.

“ He had an MRI done on his brain and neck, and both of those came back normal,” Cowher said. “ We also did the concussion test, and we’re very encouraged by the results. We’ll monitor his progress as the week goes on, but again, I emphasize that we’re very encouraged by where he is.”

Asked if Roethlisbe­rger would practise today, Cowher said, “ We’ll see how he feels.”

Roethlisbe­rger was briefly knocked unconsciou­s during a helmet- to- helmet hit with the Falcons’ Chauncey Davis midway through the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 41- 38 overtime loss in Atlanta. The injury came in Roethlisbe­rger’s best game of the season — he was 16- of- 22 for 238 yards and three touchdowns.

Cowher expects the NFL to review the hit for a possible fine or disciplina­ry action, as the league does with almost any play that involves a quarterbac­k’s head injury.

Roethlisbe­rger was woozy and appeared dazed a few minutes later while being taken to the locker- room on a motorized cart, but returned later to watch the rest of the game on the sideline.

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