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Rookie steps in for injured Maddox

Updated: September 27, 2004, 11:04 AM ET
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PITTSBURGH -- For the Pittsburgh Steelers, the future is now.

Starting quarterback Tommy Maddox will miss at least six weeks with ligament damage in his right elbow, forcing first-round pick Ben Roethlisberger into the lineup at least temporarily.

Can he perfect the drop-back?

Ben Roethlisberger's biggest adjustment during his six-week fill-in role for the injured Tommy Maddox will be gaining comfort as a conventional drop-back quarterback.

Roethlisberger worked more ...

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