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After missing the series last year, Roethlisberger ready to face the Ravens

After missing the series last year, Roethlisberger ready to face the Ravens

Between the jaw-rattling, blind-side hits and the head-butts to the kidneys, Ben Roethlisberger has learned to appreciate the hard-hitting rivalry between the Ravens and his Pittsburgh Steelers, the one that has defined the black-and-blue AFC North. Last season, though, when the two rivals and playoff hopefuls collided twice in three weeks, Roethlisberger was at the last place he wanted to be — standing safely on the sideline with battered ribs and his arm in a sling. For the Ravens, the AFC North was not won in those games. But for the Steelers, their hopes took a significant hit when the teams split the season series with their star quarterback out of the lineup and out of...

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