BALTIMORE MD - DECEMBER 05: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts while warming up before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5 2010 in Baltimore Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Ben Roethlisberger Expected To Play Sunday After Nose Surgery

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Ben Roethlisberger's Nose Injury Requires Surgery, Extra Protection

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger broke his nose last Sunday night on a hit from Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. The break caused blood to come streaming down his face but it didn't prevent him from finishing the game (which the Steelers won).

As expected, the Steelers don't expect Roethlisberger to miss any time because of the injury but he will have a little extra protection for his broken nose.

The latest apparatus will be a clear plastic shield to cover his face and protect his broken nose, repaired surgically Monday. That will join the oversized right shoe that contains two metal plates and a whole lot of tape wrapped around it to protect his broken foot.
Roethlisberger had surgery on the nose Monday so he'll be about six days removed when the Steelers play on Sunday. It doesn't sound like the Steelers expect it to limit him too much considering he's already playing injured.

Check out Behind The Steel Curtain for more on Roethlisberger's injury.
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Ben Roethlisberger Will Have Surgery For Broken Nose

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens game was once again an instant classic as the Steelers prevailed, 10-6. On the first series of the game, Roethlisberger was given a reminder on why this is the most physical game of the year when Ravens' Haloti Ngata got his arm tangled up in Roethisberger's facemask breaking his nose.

Though he wouldn't miss any action and returned on the next series, Roethlisberger walked off the field with blood coming out of his nose staining his jersey.

Luckily for the Steelers it just looked worse than it really is. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that while he will have surgery on the nose, he's expected to be available next Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Heading into the game, the injury talk surrounding Roethlisberger was about his foot, which was reportedly broken and put him in a walking boot for part of the week. It's fitting that in this type of game, we leave talking about a different Roethlisberger injury.

Check out Behind The Steel Curtain for more on the game.

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Ben Roethlisberger Injury: Pic And Video Of Steelers QB's Bloody Nose

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger took a shot from Baltimore Ravens DT Haloti Ngata and DE Terrell Suggs while attempting to throw a pass in the first quarter of Sunday Night Football. Roethlisberger left the field with a visibly crooked nose, dabbing blood with a towel as it streamed down his face.

Roethlisberger has returned to play, administering a Pittsburgh three-and-out largely from the shotgun before returning to the sidelines. He's now back out again. He also has an injured foot, which bothered him in practice throughout the week. A bone is broken in his right foot, an injury that has nagged him off and on for years now.

Roethlisberger is two of five tonight for 19 yards. He missed the team's first game against the Ravens due to his season-opening suspension, when the Ravens sacked QB Charlie Batch twice. The Steelers are now ranked 24th in the NFL in sacks allowed with 29.

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