by Ryan Wilson
I'm convinced Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is most comfortable when he's battling any number of ailments. Early in the season it was a bum shoulder, than a bruised hand, not to mention the 25 or so hits he'd take every game.
After a rough stretch last month, lowlighted by a three-pick, "I'm definitely the reason we lost that one" performance against the Colts, Big Ben had back-to-back strong performances against the Bengals and the Patriots. Today, as the 9-3 Steelers prepared for Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys, Roethlisberger tweaked his knee and had to leave practice early.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette, Big Ben "slipped and slightly injured his right knee while throwing a pass." I'd hasten to add that Roethlisberger thinks he'll be fine for this weekend's game, which must sadden the non-trivial subset of fans who'd love nothing more than to see backup Byron Leftwich get the job.
Not likely, but I can offer this: Leftwich ran the first-team offense for the final 20 minutes of practice today, so there's that.
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