Big Ben should play Week 14 despite broken nose

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - [Full Article]

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will have surgery to repair a broken nose, sustained in the first series when he was sacked by the Ravens Haloti Ngata, who hit the quarterback in the face with his left hand.

Roethlisberger, though, will be able to play next Sunday against Cincinnati.

Because of an injured right foot that restricted his mobility, Roethlisberger played most of the first half lined up in the shotgun formation.

Roethlisberger has a sprain and fracture in his right foot. He lined up under center for only five of the 31 snaps in the first half.

He took most of the snaps in the shotgun because it put less stress on his foot.

Roethlisberger was sacked twice in the first half. On the first one he was struck across the facemask by the left hand of Ngata, causing a bloody nose. No penalty was called on Ngata for a blow to the head.

In the second quarter, as he was chased from the pocket, Roethlisberger was shoved to the ground by safety Dawan Landry after he released the ball. No penalty was called, and Roethlisberger looked at referee Terry McAulay and waved his hand in disgust.

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