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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Questionable decision?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

It will be a decision that is questioned for a long time in Pittsburgh.

 
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 Ben Roethlisberger is taken off the field on a stretcher after being hit in the second quarter.

Against a division rival, should the Steelers still play their starters in a meaningless regular-season finale?

Pittsburgh decided to go full-speed ahead and suffered an injury to its starting quarterback in the process as Ben Roethlisberger was carted off the field against the Cleveland Browns. Roethlisberger has a concussion and is being tested for neck injuries as Steeler Nation holds its collective breath.

Browns linebackers Willie McGinest and D'Qwell Jackson crunched Roethlisberger on a pass attempt late in the second quarter. Roethlisberger was lost for the game but provided a thumbs up while leaving the field immobilized.

The Steelers won the game but have the potential to lose something greater. With a bye, Pittsburgh has two weeks to get healthy and see if Roethlisberger's status improves before the divisional round of the playoffs.