PITTSBURGH -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger limped back onto the field to start the second half against the Cleveland Browns after X-rays to his injured ankle were negative. His left ankle is taped.
Roethlisberger was helped off the field with about six minutes left in the second quarter and didn't place any weight on his left leg. Charlie Batch was ineffective in finishing the first half for the Steelers, failing to complete his two pass attempts.
On his first few passes of the third quarter, Roethlisberger was throwing off his back foot. He couldn't step into his throws because that required putting pressure on the left leg. He was taken down on the first drive of the third quarter by Browns defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin and needed help getting back to his feet.