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Roethlisberger to miss season opener due to appendectomy

From AP-

Roethlisberger will sit out the NFL’s showcase Thursday night game against Miami after having an appendectomy Sunday, not long after reporting for practice with stomach pains and nausea.

“The surgery went well,” coach Bill Cowher said. “He is obviously going to be out this week and we will go week to week from there.”

The operation was the third in less than a year for the 24-year-old Roethlisberger, who is off to one of the best career starts of any quarterback in NFL history. He was in the operating room for seven hours following his scary motorcycle accident on June 12, mostly to repair facial damage, and had arthroscopic knee surgery midway through last season.

Charlie Batch, a former Lions starter who was 2-0 as a fill-in for Roethlisberger last season, will start against the Dolphins.

The Dolphins just got a break for Thursday’s game, but not in a way I’d prefer or like. Get well Ben and I hope you’ll be back playing soon.

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