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The QB who beat our Seahawks in the Super Bowl (argh!), Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers, was released from the hospital late last night after suffering facial injuries in a motorcycle crash Monday in Pittsburgh. “Big Ben” has a broken nose and jaw along with multiple facial fractures being held together by screws and two titanium plates. He has been placed on a soft food diet.

According to an AP article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

“We take a titanium plate, bend it and adapt it to the contours of the facial bones and then secure it in place with screws,” surgeon Daniel Pituch said. “This kind of state-of-the-art technology allowed us to successfully treat Mr. Roethlisberger’s facial fractures.”

As a result, the 240-pound Roethlisberger probably won’t lose as much weight as he would have on an all-liquid diet. The Steelers have not given a timetable for his return, but they are optimistic he will be ready for their Sept. 7 opener against Miami.

I hope this serves as an eye-opener to all those bikers out there who choose not to wear helmets – preferably full-faced ones. You may be a safe rider, but you can’t control the actions of others, and as Ben found out, accidents do happen.

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