PITTSBURGH — The Steelers escaped with a victory. The health of their franchise quarterback is another matter.
The Steelers edged the woeful Chiefs 16-13 in overtime Monday night but lost Ben Roethlisberger for most of the second half — and perhaps a lot longer — with a right shoulder injury.
Roethlisberger left early in the third quarter after getting slammed to the turf by Kansas City linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Coach Mike Tomlin said he was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
ESPN reported that Roethlisberger had a sprained shoulder.
Pittsburgh went on to its fourth consecutive victory. Shaun Suisham hit a 23-yard field goal 51 seconds into OT, one play after linebacker and former Florida State standout Lawrence Timmons intercepted Kansas City's Matt Cassel and returned it to the 5.
Jamaal Charles ran for 100 yards and a score for the Chiefs, who have lost six straight.
The Chiefs rallied in the final 2 minutes. Cassel led Kansas City 52 yards — converting on fourth and 15 in the process — to set up a 46-yard field goal by Ryan Succop as time expired.
Kansas City's only other win this season came in overtime in New Orleans in September. Any chance at a repeat faded when Timmons picked off Cassel and returned it 23 yards.
Byron Leftwich, playing for the first time in two years, was rusty in relief of Roethlisberger. The former Jaguars starter completed 7-of-14 for 73 yards but produced a second-half drive that led to a Suisham field goal and a 13-10 lead.
The Chiefs quickly erased one bit of misery in their season, taking their first lead since Jan. 1 in a spirited first half.
With Charles gashing Pittsburgh's defensive line and Cassel avoiding mistakes, Kansas City raced in front 10-0. Cassel hit Tony Moeaki for 38 yards on the Chiefs' second drive, setting up a 12-yard touchdown run by Charles for Kansas City's first lead 494 minutes and 51 seconds into its season.
It was 10-0 after an Isaac Redman fumble deep in Pittsburgh territory led to a 22-yard field goal. The last team to go so deep into a season without leading was the 1929 Buffalo Bisons.