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Winless Steelers banged up but not giving up as welcome bye week looms

Their quarterback basically has a dislocated right index finger, their best remaining offensive lineman suffered a sprained right pectoral muscle and they're 0-4.

But the Pittsburgh Steelers remained a confident group Tuesday heading into a bye week.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit his right hand off a defensive lineman's hand after a touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery in the fourth quarter during Sunday's 34-27 loss to Minnesota, but he didn't expect the injury to be anything long-term.

"The doc said it was a subluxation, whatever that is," Roethlisberger said Tuesday, as he only had tape on his right forefinger. "Yeah, it (hurt). It was kind of uncomfortable. It was pretty painful."

As has been the season.

Pittsburgh will return to action on Oct. 13 vs. the New York Jets.