Big Ben finger injury not serious

PITTSBURGH -- Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger partially dislocated the index finger on his throwing hand last Sunday, but he said the injury isn't serious and won't prevent him from playing Oct. 13 when the Steelers visit the New York Jets.

The Steelers have a bye this week, and Roethlisberger said his injury is minor enough that he could have practiced today.

"I'd go because I want to be out there," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger hurt his right finger when he hit the hand of a Vikings defensive player while throwing a touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery. He didn't miss any playing time and threw for 383 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 34-27 loss to the Vikings.

The Steelers survived another injury scare with starting left guard Ramon Foster.

Foster left the game against the Vikings with a chest injury but sustained only a minor pectoral sprain, according to multiple reports. He could return against the Jets.

Running back LeVeon Bell said he felt fine after playing in his first NFL game.

Bell, who had been out with a mid-foot sprain since Aug. 19, started at running back and rushed for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 carries. Bell also caught four passes for 27 yards and said his right foot held up well.

"I tweaked it a bit during the game," Bell said, "but it didn't give me any issues."