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09-11-2008, 12:17 AM
Sore shoulder won't sideline Roethlisberger
By Scott Brown
Thursday, September 11, 2008

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday because of a sore right shoulder.

Roethlisberger said he hurt his shoulder in the Steelers' 38-17 win over the Texans when defensive end Mario Williams sacked him from the blind side and forced a fumble.

"Geez, he about broke my arm when he caused the fumble," said Roethlisberger, who is expected to play Sunday night when the Steelers visit the Browns for an 8:15 p.m. game. "I thought my arm was still attached to the football and he was holding my arm."

That Roethlisberger could joke about the hit he absorbed in the second quarter of the season opener was a good sign for the Steelers.

Several quarterbacks got knocked out of their respective games last Sunday, including reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady.

The Patriots' quarterback was lost for the season to a serious knee injury, casting a pall over the season of the team that came within a game of going undefeated in 2007.

"It's unfortunate for Tom Brady and those guys, but that's part of the game," Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said. "Nobody was feeling anything when we lost Aaron Smith, Troy, myself (last season). We were all hurt. It's just a part of the game you have to deal with."

The loss of Brady, who led the Patriots to the Super Bowl last season, changes the complexion of the AFC. The Steelers aren't buying into talk that they've suddenly become one of the favorites to win the conference.

"If we lose (against the Browns), then we'll be sorry so it don't even matter," Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton said. "It's too early to say who's good and who's not good."

If the Steelers are not at their best as they try to extend their winning streak over the Browns to 10 games, it won't be because Roethlisberger has been reduced to a spectator.

There isn't a question whether he will play Sunday, though he could be limited when the Steelers practice today as a precaution.

"You can't do anything too crazy too early," said Roethlisberger, who completed 13-of-14 attempts for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Texans. "Wednesday is kind of the day the veteran guys can get a breather and get some rest."

Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.