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Roethlisberger turns down Pro Bowl invite

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By Scott Brown
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger will not play in his second career Pro Bowl because of a shoulder injury he sustained near the end of the Steelers' final game earlier this month.

The injury is not serious, and Roethlisberger is not expected to have surgery, a Steelers spokesman said Wednesday.

Roethlisberger did not get medical clearance to play in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 31 because his right shoulder has not completely recovered from the injury that occurred in the Steelers' 30-24 win against the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 3.

Roethlisberger hurt his shoulder when Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter landed on his throwing arm while the two were going for a loose ball that Porter recovered.

Roethlisberger finished the game, though he played in obvious pain.

Roethlisberger threw for a team-record 4,328 yards in 2009, and he had been tabbed to play in the Pro Bowl after New England quarterback Tom Brady pulled out of the game because of injuries. Houston's Matt Schaub will take the spot.

Roethlisberger previously made the Pro Bowl in 2007 when he threw a franchise-record 32 touchdown passes.

The Steelers will be represented in the Pro Bowl by at least two players, outside linebacker James Harrison and nose tackle Casey Hampton.

More Steelers could be added to the roster since players from the teams that advance to the Super Bowl won't take part in the Pro Bowl.

The Pro Bowl is being played before the Super Bowl this year to generate more interest in the annual all-star game.

In other Steelers news, the team is close to officially hiring Al Everest as its special teams coordinator.

Everest, who first met with the Steelers coach Mike Tomlin last Friday, would replace Bob Ligashesky, who was fired earlier this month.

Everest was recently let go by the San Francisco 49ers after serving as their special teams coordinator from 2007-09.

Everest also has coached special teams for the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals.

Steelers defensive backs coach Ray Horton, meanwhile, is still waiting to hear from the University of Houston after interviewing with the school last week.

Horton is a candidate to become the Cougars' defensive coordinator, though it is not a given he will leave the Steelers if he gets an offer from Houston.

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