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Rob Carr, Associated Press
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Baltimore.

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is walking around with a large bandage on his broken nose and a protective boot on his painfully injured right foot.

No wonder that when Mario Lemieux saw him, the Penguins' co-owner told Roethlisberger he looked like a hockey player.

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Roethlisberger needs a protective shield to protect a nose that so splintered when he was smacked by the Ravens' Haloti Ngata, a doctor told him that the bones looked like corn flakes. But he said Wednesday he has no plans to miss Sunday's AFC North game against Cincinnati (2-10), just as he didn't miss a play during Pittsburgh's 13-9 victory in Baltimore that gave the Steelers (9-3) sole possession of first place.

The quarterback has been told him he can do no further damage to his nose by playing. He also said his sprained foot feels better.