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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Ben Roethlisberger’s foot is sprained, ESPN reports (updated)


Ben Roethlisberger gets an assist from Maurkice Pouncey late in the Steelers’ loss to the Texans. (Dave Einsel / AP)
Updated at 12:40 p.m.

James Harrison’s frank assessment of the Pittsburgh Steelers, 2-2 after a 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans? “We stink.”

The Steelers’ chances of fixing that may lie with the status of the left foot of their quarterback. Ben Roethlisberger, who was sacked five times by the Texans, left the stadium with a walking boot on his foot. Roethlisberger, ESPN reported, has a sprained foot, with a scan today showing no sign of a fracture. An MRI done Sunday was inconclusive because of swelling in the foot.

“If I can be out there, I'm going to be out there,” Roethlisberger, who completed 16 of 30 passes for 206 yards and one interception, said of his chances for playing Sunday against Tennessee. “If I have to cast it up — we saw I had to do that last year — I cast up my foot for the last half of the year. If we have to do it, I'll do it.”

Neither Roethlisberger nor the Steelers divulged results of X-rays. Roethlisberger played last December with a broken bone in the other foot.

By  |  08:45 AM ET, 10/03/2011

 
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