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Big Ben Returns To Steelers Practice Field

NFL News - August 26th, 2009 - Written by Glen

ben roethlisbergerIn the last day of training, Ben Roethlisberger was injured. His Achilles tendon was injured, though the damage was kept under cover. As it turns out, the damage was temporary and Roethlisberger is already back on the field for practice. In a stint of irony, third string quarterback Dennis Dixon was removed from the game "indefinitely" with a separated shoulder.

Big Ben and the other first string players are all meant to be played against the Bills this coming Saturday. The regular season begins in less than two weeks time, so Roethlisberger may not be on the field for the whole game. Had Ben not been injured, he may have been on the field when Dixon was injured, which could have prevented the strain that separated his shoulder. Ben has not yet spoken with the media directly, though he is fully expected to be back to 100% by the time the next exhibition game arrives.

Dixon is out of the game for a minimum of two weeks, though his performance prior to the injury was deemed acceptable. Dixon has not seen much time on field since he was drafted in 2008, but even his senior year in college was plagued by injury. With Big Ben back on the field and his own injury, Dixon may not be seeing much play for the remainder of the season, and definitely not in the early weeks of the 2009-2010 year.

Their last game saw a loss of 17-13 at the hands of the Redskins. Dixon drove the ball to score twice that Saturday, completing eight of sixteen passes for just shy of 70 yards. Fancy footwork and an accurate arm are apparently built into the young quarterback, and with time he could shape up to be one of the biggest names in the league. Dixon's first exhibition game this year saw him with a comparable two touchdown drives, as well as a 10/19 pass ratio. He accumulated 112 yards that night.

While Dixon may mend quickly, Roethlisberger will continue to be the shining starter for the Steelers offence.

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