Roethlisberger thought his leg was broken

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after Thursday night's 14-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns that he thought he had broken his left leg on a sack in the first half by Scott Paxson

"I thought my leg was broken, honestly," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "One of the most painful things I`ve ever felt. I didn`t want to feel that my foot was outside of my leg.

"The plan on my part was basically to give it one or two more plays and see how I could do it. It wasn`t for any other reason than to be out there for my guys."

Roethlisberger had x-rays in the locker room, which showed no break, and team doctors cleared him to return if he could tolerate the pain. Roethlisberger came back to start the second half, and despite playing with a heavy limp, directed the Steelers to the win.

The quarterback is scheduled to undergo an MRI today, and it is believed that he could have a high ankle sprain, something that usually sidelines most players for several weeks. But as we saw Thursday night, when it comes to playing with pain, Roethlisberger isn't most players.

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