Roethlisberger to have tests; Steelers optimistic

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger “got his bell rung” and will go for further testing Monday to determine if he suffered a concussion against the Chiefs, according to a league source.

Signs were positive that the injury wasn’t a major setback, and Roethlisberger’s status for Sunday’s AFC North showdown at Baltimore will be determined later this week.

If somehow Roethlisberger can’t go, the Steelers would be in a world of trouble because they also are bracing for the likelihood that they will be without veteran backup Charlie Batch for the duration of the regular season. Batch suffered a serious wrist injury after replacing Roethlisberger late in Sunday’s overtime loss at Kansas City.

With inexperienced second-year pro Dennis Dixon as the team’s third-stringer, the Steelers have begun looking for help in the free-agent market, contacting veteran Cleo Lemon, according to a league source.

In other quarterback news, the Cardinals are optimistic that Kurt Warner will not have to miss time. For precautionary measures, Warner spent the second half of Sunday’s victory at St. Louis on the sideline after suffering an apparent concussion.

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