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Ben Roethlisberger Fantasy Update: Steelers Quarterback Fights Through Ankle Injury For Productive Week 14

With the fantasy playoff season heating up, Ben Roethlisberger owners had to hold their breath on Thursday night when it appeared the Steelers' quarterback sustained a serious ankle injury in the middle of the second quarter. But Big Ben would return in the second half and with a late assist from wideout Antonio Brown, would boost his numbers significantly.

Roethlisberger finished 17-for-22 for 280 yards and two touchdowns. With a little over three minutes remaining, the Steelers quarterback hit Antonio Brown on his back shoulder, and Brown flew down the sideline for a 79-yard touchdown. On the negative side, he did have one interception in the fourth quarter.

Big Ben has a high ankle sprain, which is typically a multi-week nagging injury. The Steelers, however, have a long week off before a Monday night matchup with San Francisco in Week 15. And considering he's already playing with a broken thumb on his throwing hand, it's likely that Roethlisberger owners are undeterred.

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