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Sunday, January 23, 2011
Schefter: Roethlisberger battled illness

By James Walker

PITTSBURGH -- Last week it was Baltimore Ravens tailback Ray Rice who got sick in the playoffs. This week it's Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Roethlisberger battled a cold this week that left him without a voice for two days. The good news for Pittsburgh is Roethlisberger is fine now and his illness isn't expected to be a factor in Sunday's AFC title game against the New York Jets.

Last week Rice battled an illness, which created panic among Ravens fans. Rice calmed the fears via Twitter by saying he was fine, and he played the entire game against Pittsburgh.