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Roethlisberger returns to Cleveland

Nov 14, 2006 - 8:27 PM Pittsburgh (3-6) at Cleveland (3-6) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Facing the Cleveland Browns always is special for Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger looks to remain unbeaten against the Browns in his career Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit their AFC North Division rivals.

Roethlisberger attended Findlay High School (roughly 125 miles from Cleveland) and was the runner-up for 1999 Mr. Football honors in Ohio. He went on to star at Miami (Ohio), rewriting virtually every school record.

In his career, Roethlisberger has won all three of his career starts against the Browns. He will get to face them twice in a 18-day span, beginning with this contest and the meeting in Pittsburgh on Thursday, December 7.

Last December 24 here, Roethlisberger completed 13-of-20 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown in a 41-0 victory. He missed the first contest between the teams with a knee injury.

Hines Ward had eight catches for 124 yards and a touchdown in a 34-21 victory over Cleveland last November.

Roethlisberger completed 17-of-28 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns in last week's 38-31 victory over New Orleans. He was helped by Willie Parker, who rushed for an NFL season-high 213 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite the win over New Orleans, Pittsburgh still is four games behind first-place Baltimore. The Steelers play the Ravens twice in the final six weeks of the season.

The Browns are coming off last week's surprising 17-13 victory at Atlanta. Charlie Frye enjoyed his best game of the season, completing 16-of-22 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Cleveland has struggled at home, going just 1-3.

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