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Steelers’ QB out this week

Ben Roethlisberger’s sprained right shoulder is just the start of his problems.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said Wednesday he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter Monday night. Roethlisberger sprained the SC joint in his shoulder but says the rib issue is a bigger concern because doctors are concerned it could cut into his aorta. He’s already been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich will start in his place, though Roethlisberger doesn’t believe the injuries will end his season.

“I don’t think so, I don’t know though but I’m not a medical expert,” he said. “I just know I’m going to do what I can to get back.”

Cutler update

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s status for this week remains in question because of a concussion. Coach Lovie Smith says Cutler is “feeling a whole lot better,” Houston’s Tim Dobbins was fined $30,000 for the hit on Cutler.

Vick not out yet

Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick did not practice but has not yet been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Washington.

Vick sustained a concussion in a 38-23 loss to Dallas on Sunday. Rookie Nick Foles took the first-team snaps at practice and would make his first start should Vick not be able to play.

“Michael’s in a good place,” coach Andy Reid said.

Around the league

San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith (concussion) went through position work in a non-contact black jersey, his status still unclear for Monday night’s game with Chicago. … Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) will miss Sunday’s game in Detroit. …

Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for Kansas City because Brady Quinn (concussion) still has not been cleared to play. … The Jets signed running back Kahlil Bell, who spent parts of the last four seasons with the Bears. … Buffalo defensive end Chris Kelsay (neck) will miss tonight’s game against Miami. … DeAngelo Hall was fined $30,000 for his confrontation with an official in Washington’s loss to Pittsburgh last month.

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