Roethlisberger leaves with knee injury; MRI today
ST. LOUIS — The Steelers will wait for results of an MRI exam on QB Ben Roethlisberger's left knee after the three-time Pro Bowl pick was carted off the field in the third quarter of Sunday's 12-6 win over the Rams.
Roethlisberger got hurt when his leg was caught under him on a diving, sliding sack by Rams S Mark Barron, a former Buc. Big Ben left the stadium on crutches and wearing a bulky brace. Coach Mike Tomlin said he won't have an update on the extent of Roethlisberger's injury before today.
ESPN reported that Roethlisberger has a sprained MCL and will probably miss six weeks. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that X-rays showed no broken bones.
Also, the start of the game was delayed nearly 30 minutes by a small fire from sparks emitted during a pyrotechnic display for player introductions. Neither team made any plays near a circular mark that remained between the 3- and 4-yard line near the north end zone.
Cam's no-call: Panthers QB Cam Newton was troubled by what he said he heard from referee Ed Hochuli during Carolina's win. Newton took what he felt was a late hit from Saints DT Tyeler Davison, got up looking for a flag and turned to Hochuli. Newton said postgame: "The response that I got was, 'Cam, you're not old enough to get that call.' I'm looking at him like, 'What?' Geez, I didn't think you had to have seniority to get a personal foul or anything like that." NFL spokesman Michael Signora said, "officials make decisions based upon the play on the field, and no other factors."
Jets: CB Darrelle Revis, who was questionable with a groin injury, tweaked a hamstring late. … Brandon Marshall reached 10,000 career yards receiving but also tried a lateral after one catch, leading to a fumble. "Wrong time to gamble," he said. "I was pressing, trying to make a play. Probably the worst play in NFL history."
Raiders: K Sebastian Janikowski, a former FSU standout in his 16th season, has played 239 career games, one fewer than the team record held by Hall of Fame former WR Tim Brown.
Rams: MLB James Laurinaitis became the franchise's tackles leader, passing the late Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, who had 915. Laurinaitis, who had 12 Sunday, is at 926.
Seahawks: RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) left early in the second half. A calf injury kept him out of practice part of last week. Lynch remained in the locker room through pregame warmups and didn't come to the sideline until the 7:40 mark of the first quarter.
Vikings: RB Adrian Peterson tied Randy Moss for second on the team's all-time touchdowns list with his 93rd. Cris Carter (110) is first.
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