On the field, the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the cusp of a fourth consecutive Super Bowl victory.
It’s a rare victory for a franchise that has won two since joining the NFL in 1950.
And it comes as Pittsburgh is trying to overcome injuries to key players and the fallout of last season’s season-ending playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Here’s how to handle an injured helmet, a broken helmet, and a broken collarbone in the NFL.
The injury first noticed when the Steelers started to take the field at halftime.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass on the first drive of the second half and ran it into the end zone with 7:08 remaining in the game.
Then, the Steelers were stopped on the next drive when running back Shane Vereen was carted off the field.
Roethrisberger was later taken off the team bus by trainers.
Steelers safety Donte Whitner was the only other player to leave the team locker room.
The next time the Steelers faced the Falcons, Roethisberger threw the final touchdown pass of the game and led them to victory with a 26-yard pass to Antonio Brown.
But Roethlusberger suffered a broken right collarbone during the second quarter, leaving him unable to return to the game against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 10.
He returned to the Steelers’ locker room on Dec., 12 and said he would be out for the next five weeks.
The NFL Players Association filed a complaint against the Steelers and the team on Dec, 17.
The league’s medical committee, which reviewed the game tape of the Bengals’ game-winning drive, did not have a positive view of Roethrusberger’s injury and did not recommend a change in the team’s protocol for when players return to play.
The Steelers, however, did take steps to improve their protocol after that game.
The team’s medical staff reviewed all players who were able to participate in practice and decided not to play any players on the team who had a concussion.
They also made a decision not to send a player to the sideline or to play a player who had concussion symptoms.
The committee also decided not forgo an opportunity to take a helmet off in the locker room for an official.
The Associated Press released a story on Jan. 16 detailing the severity of Roos’ injury and the potential for him to miss the remainder of the season.
“Ben has suffered multiple concussions,” the story read.
“This injury is a result of repeated head trauma from his playing days and will affect his physical and mental abilities.”
The Associated News also noted that the league will hold a news conference on Feb. 4 to discuss the league’s concussion protocol.
The Bengals released a statement on Feb 6 to explain the decision to not allow Roethilius to return.
“After consulting with our medical staff, we have determined that Ben Roenigts neck has sustained significant damage from a number of concussions, and we believe that the concussion protocol is not working for Ben and his teammates.
We have a complete understanding of what this injury means for Ben’s long-term health, and this is an opportunity for us to discuss this important topic in a meaningful way,” the statement read.
In the second game of the AFC Championship Game, the New England Patriots defeated the Steelers 35-31.
Roebuck left the game early with an injury that limited him to just eight carries for 22 yards.
Roenigel’s injury occurred after Roethussberger threw an interception.
He was rushed off the bench in the second period, but was cleared to return and played all of the next three quarters.
“When you have a guy that has that many concussions in the league, it’s not something that’s easy to deal and we’re working on it,” coach Bill Belichick said.
“I think there’s going to be a little bit of a recovery time, but we’re not going to sit back and let this go on.”
The third game of that game also was delayed because of Roenilius’ injury.
The Browns scored on a 10-yard touchdown run by running back Travaris Cadet with 8:56 left in the first half.
Roelie came off the practice field in a T-shirt and pants and returned to play the rest of the quarter.
He finished with 15 carries for 71 yards.
After the Browns scored their first touchdown, the Falcons were stopped for good by the Pittsburgh defense.
Roechelisberger completed 3 of 5 passes for 33 yards and an interception, while Roeths had a fumble and an extra point.
Roerik had a blocked field goal.
Roephele’s two TDs came on a 16-yard run that gave the Steelers a 14-7 lead with 3:31 left in overtime.
“It’s tough to explain, because it’s like you’re watching the NFL on television,” Ro