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Steelers feel the pain of Big Ben's injury

Losing Mendenhall hurts, but Roethlisberger's lack of mobility may hurt Steelers more

Originally Published: January 5, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The loss of Rashard Mendenhall for the season hurt, but didn't cripple, the Pittsburgh Steelers' chances of going to the Super Bowl.

What is more painful is the left ankle of QB Ben Roethlisberger. As Roethlisberger's ankle goes, so go the hopes of the Steelers. A healthy Roethlisberger could carry the Steelers to the Super Bowl even as the No. 5 seed. The Steelers have an edge over the rest of the AFC teams thanks to the matchup problems created by wide receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio ...

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