PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers came away with a victory. The health of their franchise quarterback is another matter entirely.
Shaun Suisham kicked a 23-yard field goal 51 seconds into overtime, one play after Lawrence Timmons intercepted Kansas City’s Matt Cassel and returned to the 5, and the Steelers edged the woeful Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 in overtime on Monday night.
But Pittsburgh lost Ben Roethlisberger for most of the second half – and perhaps a lot longer – with a right shoulder injury.
Roethlisberger was sacked by former Georgia Bulldog Justin Houston to end Pittsburgh’s first possession of the second half. The quarterback was taken to the locker room after walking off the field and backup Byron Leftwich, a former Atlanta Falcon, began warming up. Roethlisberger was 9 of 18 for 84 yards and a touchdown at the time of the injury.
Roethlisberger has been largely injury-free this season in offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s system, which requires him to get rid of the ball quickly. Kansas City’s secondary, however, shut down Pittsburgh’s receivers and Roethlisberger took a series of hits on a wet night at Heinz Field.
Roethlisberger was 9 for 18 for 84 yards before leaving the game. Leftwich made only his second appearance since Sept. 27, 2009.
The Steelers (6-3) won their fourth in a row.
Jamaal Charles ran for 100 yards and a score for the Chiefs (1-8).
Kansas City’s Ryan Succop, a former South Carolina standout, hit a 46-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter and the two teams entered overtime tied at 13.
The Steelers moved within a game of AFC North leader Baltimore with the victory. Pittsburgh hosts the Ravens (7-2) next Sunday night.