Roethlisberger's Rib Injury More Serious Than Shoulder and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVNovember 14, 2012

Beyond stating that Byron Leftwich will be their starter at quarterback this week against the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers have said little officially about the extent of the injury starter Ben Roethlisberger suffered on Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, word is leaking out.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that Roethlisberger will be off the field "indefinitely," adding that the rib injury he sustained in connection with the SC sprain of his shoulder might be the bigger problem.

ESPN's Adam Schefter echoed this concern, saying both that the rib injury is "rare and dangerous" and could cause more internal damage should he play with it.


Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens kick returner (and sometimes wide receiver) Jacoby Jones was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, reports Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Jones returned a kick for 105 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders, his second return of over 100 yards this season.

Stephen Gillam of Bleacher Report wonders whether the Ravens' fake field goal for a touchdown against the Raiders was running up the score.


Cincinnati Bengals

The AFC North continued to put up big individual performances in Week 10, with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton named AFC Offensive Player of the Week following his four-touchdown, no-interception game against the New York Giants, reports Fox Sports Ohio.

Bleacher Report's Chris Roling breaks down that career-best performance from Dalton.


Cleveland Browns

With depth along the defensive line an ongoing concern for the Cleveland Browns this season, the team brought on someone who may help with that. The team added Ricky Elmore to the practice squad on Tuesday, according to Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Elmore was a 2011 Green Bay Packers draft pick.

Brian Hricik of Bleacher Report takes a look at the Browns' weakest links this season.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review gives us seven ways the Pittsburgh Steelers can win without Ben Roethlisberger, who is sidelined indefinitely with a shoulder and rib injury.

Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report is less optimistic, saying that the Steelers simply cannot win the AFC North without Roethlisberger.