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Roethlisberger has rib injury too; out vs. Ravens

UNDATED (AP) - It turns out Ben Roethlisberger's sprained right shoulder is just the start of his problems.

 

     The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night's win against Kansas City. Roethlisberger sprained the SC joint in his shoulder on the play but says the rib issue is a bigger concern. He says said doctors are concerned the rib could cut into his aorta.

 

     He's already been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich will start in his place.

 

     Roethlisberger said there is no timetable for his return.

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     Elsewhere in the NFL:

 

     - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith went through position work in a non-contact black jersey Wednesday, his status still unclear for Monday night's NFC showdown with the Chicago Bears after he sustained a concussion Sunday against the Rams.  Backup Colin Kaepernick is the Niners' Plan B.

 

     - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's status for this week remains in question because of a concussion. Coach Lovie Smith says Cutler is "feeling a whole lot better," but whether he'll be ready to play against San Francisco on Monday night is another issue.

 

     - Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday's game in Detroit with a hamstring injury.

 

     - The New York Jets have signed running back Khalil Bell, who spent parts of the last four seasons with the Chicago Bears. Bell will add depth to their banged-up backfield.

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