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Browns' Campbell dismisses Roethlisberger trade rumors

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 4:42 p.m.
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Cleveland Browns QB Jason Campbell is sacked by Wallace Gilberry of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Nov. 17, 2013 in Cincinnati.

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell said Wednesday he never took seriously reports that the Steelers were considering shopping around quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, whom he'll face Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Campbell, who replaced Brandon Weeden as the Browns' starter, will square off against Roethlisberger for the first time since the Steelers' 23-6 win over Washington on Nov. 3, 2008, a game in which Roethlisberger left with a shoulder injury at halftime.

“I've always watched Roethlisberger throughout his career,” said Campbell, who tossed two interceptions when he last faced the Steelers. “When they started out 0-4, I heard people say they should trade Ben. How can people say that, especially in Pittsburgh? What they were saying was that they were 0-4 because of one person. The last time I checked, it was a 53-man roster.

“But Ben's the kind of a guy who is thinking about what he can do to make the team better. The one thing about football is that people like to say the quarterback loses all the games. It's not necessarily true.”

Campbell said what separates Roethlisberger from most active quarterbacks is that he's a two-time Super Bowl champion.

“It's why no one thinks he'll be traded,” Campbell added.

Ralph N. Paulk is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rpaulk@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RalphPaulk_Trib.

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