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Published: Tuesday, 6/13/2006

Roethlisberger 'fair,' could be home in 3 to 5 days


PITTSBURGH Ben Roethlisberger could be released from the hospital in three to five days after the Steelers quarterback was thrown from his motorcycle without a helmet and left with a mild concussion and multiple facial fractures.

His condition was upgraded today to fair, and doctors said the Super Bowl star broke his upper and lower jaw bones and broke his nose. He also sustained head lacerations in addition to losing two teeth and chipping several others.

His brain is functioning normally, said Dr. Larry Jones, chief of trauma at Mercy Hospital. He said added Roethlisberger was alert and awake and with his family.

Nobody has been cited in the crash, and police will not release information until an accident reconstruction is complete, police spokeswoman Tammy Ewin said.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com.

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