|Big Ben left in the second quarter with a left ankle injury. He returned to start the second half. (AP)|
By Ryan Wilson
UPDATE: 10:09 p.m. ET -- Ben Roethlisberger, with his ankle heavily taped, limped out onto the field to start the second half. He was met with loud cheers but is clearly limited by the injury. There hasn't been an official diagnosis, but the speculation is that it's a high-ankle sprain.
UPDATE: 10:02 p.m. ET -- During halftime, NFL Network's Alex Flanagan had this report: "I had an opportunity to speak to Mike Tomlin and he called the news 'positive' about Ben Roethlisberger. He had an X-ray on his ankle, that X-ray is negative. [Tomlin's] not sure if it's a high-ankle sprain or a lower leg issue, telling me that he would know a little bit more once he got in the locker room at the half and evaluated Ben a little more. His availability is still up in the air. Charlie Batch came in for him. Hines Ward would be the next (quarterback), he played at Georgia.
"But also concerning: (center) Maurkice Pouncey, we just saw him carted off into the X-ray room. Also an ankle issue. Doug Legursky likely taking the second half for (Pouncey)."
Midway through the second half with the Steelers leading the Browns, 7-3, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rolled right looking for a big play down the field to one of his young wide receivers. The Browns had great coverage, and Roethlisberger, as he's known to do, held the ball waiting for something to develop. As often happens, he was sacked, this time by two Cleveland defenders at once, and in the process, suffered a left ankle injury.
He left the field with the aid of two assistants and he was limping badly.
Roethlisberger has a history of injuries and a history of playing through them but upon first appearances this looked bad.
Veteran Charlie Batch replaced Big Ben in the lineup, something he's done at various points during his Steelers career.
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