Ben Roethlisberger heads to locker room with injury vs Cowboys

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports) /

Ben Roethlisberger went to the locker room shortly before halftime vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left the game due to a knee injury.

With the Steelers down 13-6 to the Dallas Cowboys, Roethlisberger headed into the visiting locker room to get checked out shortly before halftime. His backup Mason Rudolph had to come in there for him in the finals offensive series of the first half. Pittsburgh cannot play down to its competition vs. a Cowboys team that is not the least bit good. Will Roethlisberger return?

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Pittsburgh cut into the deficit on a fantastic, record-setting field goal off the toe of Chris Boswell. Even though the Steelers trailed the Cowboys 13-9 at halftime after Boswell’s incredible 59-yard boot, all focus is on Roethlisberger’s health. Had the Steelers had better quarterback play a season ago, they would have made the AFC playoffs. Rudolph and Devlin Hodges could not get it done.

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This is Pittsburgh’s last best chance to win a Super Bowl with Roethlisberger as their starting quarterback. He is not getting any younger and he is not getting any healthier. As long as he is able to play for the Steelers, they have a chance to come out of the AFC and play in Super Bowl 55 down in Tampa. He is expected to return to the ball game after the first-half exit.

The Steelers are not the same offensive football team without Roethlisberger under center.