Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been injured during his team's game against the St Louis Rams and will not return to action.
The quarterback injured his left knee during the third quarter of the game, Mark Barron slipped and crawled his way for the sack, taking down the three-time Pro Bowler immediately and several players surrounded him looking concerned.
Eventually, he was helped off the field to the sidelines where he spoke to a few Steelers officials, and then he was taken to the locker room. It has been confirmed he will not return to the game. Backup quarterback Michael Vick then entered the game as his replacement.
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Albert Breer drew comparisons from this injury to the one which New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2008, as there was a defender on the ground who carried their momentum into the quarterback's knee.
If it ends up being the same kind of injury for Roethlisberger, which for Brady was a torn ACL and MCL, then he could be sidelined for the rest of the season. This would be a major blow for the Steelers and their playoff hopes.
The Patriots also failed to reach the playoffs when Brady was injured in 2008, but they finished with an 11-5 record thanks to the performances of backup quarterback Matt Cassel, so all isn't lost for the Steelers if the worst emerges.
Prior to leaving the game, Roethlisberger left the Steelers in front by 9-3, and he completed 20 of his 24 throws for 192 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception.