Roethlisberger suffers setback with bad ankle

The Pittsburgh Steelers have pretty much owned the Cleveland Browns on the scoreboard and in the standings in recent years.

But the Browns have been a thorn in the Steelers' side, or rather Ben Roethlisberger's ankle, this season. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger, re-injured the ankle Sunday against the Browns, the team he originally hurt it against back on Dec. 8.

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Roethlisberger has 'setback' with bum ankle
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As if the Steelers didn't have enough bad news with injuries lately as they prepare to open the playoffs Sunday in Denver, now comes more: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's sprained ankle took a setback Sunday during their game in Cleveland.

"I felt really good going in the Cleveland game," Roethlisberger said Wednesday. "I had a little setback early in the third quarter, so we're working really hard right now with the trainers and doctors to get back to even where we were before the Cleveland game."

A relatively healthy and effective Roethlisberger likely gives the Steelers a big edge in Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the 8-8 Broncos. But a hampered and ineffective quarterback could be the equalizer the underdog Broncos need to stay in and potentially win the game.

Roethlisberger, who has not thrown a touchdown pass in either of the two games he played in since the injury, said he believes he will be good to go Sunday.

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