Man, some people will do anything to avoid Rascal Flats.  From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette.

Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an emergency appendectomy today and will miss the season opener Thursday against the Miami Dolphins.

Roethlisberger was absent when the Steelers took the practice field at 3:30 p.m. today and team officials said later that he had emergency abdominal surgery to remove his appendix.

Roethlisberger will be out at least a week. Backup quarterback Charlie Batch will start against the Dolphins.

I don’t want to scare the Steel Curtain faithful, but if a tough guy like Gary Cohen couldn’t come back right away from an appendectomy, I wouldn’t expect to see Big Ben until Week 5.

Charges LB Steve Foley is recovering tonight after being shot by an off-duty Cornado (CA) police office.  From the San Diego Union Tribune.

After stopping at a red light, the off-duty officer pulled beside Foley, identified himself as a police officer, and ordered him to pull over, but Foley drove away, Brugos said. Foley stopped again, and got out of his car, approaching the officer, according to police. The officer again identified himself, pulled out a gun, and ordered the suspect several times to stop, Brugos said.

œHowever he continued to walk toward the officer, making the statement, ‘That’s a bb gun’, Brugos said.