Sunday, January 1, 2012
Ben Roethlisberge starts vs. Browns
ESPN.com news services
CLEVELAND -- As expected, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger started the season finale against Cleveland despite a high ankle sprain.
Roethlisberger injured his left ankle on Dec. 8 in a win over the Browns and is not yet 100 percent.
Roethlisberger, barely able to move around in the pocket, went just 23 of 40 for 221 yards but made enough big throws to help him improve to 14-1 in his career against the Browns as the Steelers won 13-9.
Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley missed the game with a hamstring injury.
Jason Worilds started at left outside linebacker in place of Woodley, who also sat out last week against St. Louis and has missed six games this season.
The Browns' most notable inactive was quarterback Colt McCoy, who missed Cleveland's final three games with a concussion sustained against the Steelers more than three weeks ago.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.