The Steelers win over the Chiefs on Monday Night Football came a huge price, at least potentially as both Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Clark left the game and did not return.
For Ben, he left after getting sandwiched and being thrown to the ground on his right shoulder. After going to the sidelines for a quick evaluation by Steelers trainers he jogged off to the locker room and did not return. Reports from both ESPN and the Steelers Radio Network said Ben left Heinz Field to have his should further evaluated, which would likely include an MRI.
There were also some reports that wife Ashley left with him and many speculated that she was going into labor, but there were no confirmed reports on that. ESPN also reported that Ben did meet with Steelers front office personnel, reinforcing his statement that he will not miss the birth of his child, game or no game. No sense getting ahead of ourselves on that one just yet.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reported shortly after the game that Ben has a separated shoulder; but the Steelers of course will not confirm that until they absolutely have too; assuming it’s true.
Ryan Clark left the game late in the 4th quarter with a concussion after his head and neck bent backwards in an ugly manner when he hit Chiefs receiver Dewayne Bowe on the thigh. Clark laid motionless on the Heinz Field turf for a minute or so before being able to walk off under his own power to the sidelines. This is not Clark’s first concussion this season, and he of course will have to undergo tests all week long before he will be cleared to play for sure next weekend against the Ravens.
In Mike Tomlin’s post game presser he did not speculate on Roethlisberger or Clark’s status anymore other than to say they were being evaluated. He was also asked if Byron Leftwich would start next Sunday night if Ben could not go, but in typical Tomlin fashion he would not lock himself into anything until he has more information on his players.