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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Ben Roethlisberger hobbles off the field

By Jamison Hensley

PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' championship hopes took a potentially devastating hit when the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback hobbled off the field in the second quarter. Roethlisberger has an ankle injury, according to the NFL Network.

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Roethlisberger's left leg bent after getting brought down by Browns defensive lineman Scott Paxson, whose first sack could have major ramifications. Roethlisberger limped off the field with 5:59 left in the second quarter and needed help from two trainers to get to the locker room. He didn't put any weight on the left leg.

The Steelers (9-3) are tied for the best record in the AFC and are battling the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North title.

Before getting injured, Roethlisberger was 8-of-9 for 102 yards and one touchdown. The Steelers were leading, 7-3, when Roethlisberger left the game.

Longtime backup Charlie Batch replaced Roethlisberger. There has been no official announcement on Roethlisberger's injury.