Big Ben surprises with gutty return
PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger began the week on crutches. He ended it the same way he nearly always does against the Browns — in victory. Stepping in after Landry Jones went down with a left leg injury, Roethlisberger passed for 379 yards and three touchdowns as Pittsburgh swarmed Cleveland.
Roethlisberger, a native Ohioan, hasn't lost to the Browns in Pittsburgh in his career — 11-0 since his rookie year of 2004 (he missed the 2005 game with an injury). Roethlisberger sprained his left foot last week against Oakland, barely practiced, and was initially expected to miss 2-6 weeks.
"You've just got to get as many mental reps as you can and count on the guys around you," he said.
Roethlisberger, wearing a specially padded cleat, improved to 19-2 against Cleveland and set an NFL record for passing yards in a game by a player off the bench.