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10-11-2006, 12:17 AM

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If Ben Roethlisberger grabs his elbow, it's news. If he shows up with his elbow in a sling under his shirt at his postgame news conference, it's news.

Coach Bill Cowher, though, blasted the television networks -- most recently NBC Sunday night -- for what he described as sensationalism regarding their reporting on Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger was not on Cowher's injury report yesterday, nor was he last week. NBC cameras caught the quarterback rubbing his right elbow during pregame warm-ups and played the clips of it.

Cowher said Roethlisberger's elbow was hit during the game, which is why he was icing it down afterward.

"Before the game he was fine," Cowher said. "It's another one of the sensationalized stories that sometimes these sideline reporters want to create."

During the Steelers' Monday night game in Jacksonville, ESPN's Michelle Tafoya reported that Roethlisberger told her he had a temperature of 104. Cowher pointed out later that his temperature actually was 100.4.

"It becomes a little bothersome because they try to make more than what's there and we're not trying to hide anything," Cowher said. "He gets something sometimes like tennis elbow, so he's trying to loosen it up like a kicker is loosening up his leg. He's fine. Sometimes there's so much sensationalism that takes place with this that it gets annoying at times."

Injury report

Starting right defensive end Brett Keisel escaped a scare when tests at a San Diego hospital after the game Sunday night showed no damage to his kidneys. The Steelers delayed departure on their chartered jet while Keisel had the exam.

He has a bruised rib that will make him questionable on this week's injury list.

Backup outside linebacker James Harrison was ruled out for Sunday's game against Kansas City at Heinz Field because of a high ankle sprain. Cowher said the ankle will be placed in a cast for 10 days and Harrison's status will be determined after that.

Cowher expressed relief no further damage was done to Harrison or punt returner/wide receiver Willie Reid, who is listed as doubtful because of a mid-foot sprain.

Arnold Harrison will move into the No. 3 job at outside linebacker until James Harrison's return with Rian Wallace moving into his spot on special teams. Santonio Holmes will handle all the punt returns in Reid's absence.

The only other player on the injury list is fullback Dan Kreider -- probable with a knee injury.

I could see BC's reaction during that press conference, he was somewhat aggitated in his demeanor when that subject was brought up.

10-11-2006, 01:33 AM
I can agree with BC here. It is getting old with the media all over Ben being hurt even when he isn't.

10-11-2006, 06:38 AM
Well you know what happens when you start out the season in a bad way,they look for every angle to find something else wrong and blow it all out of proportion.

10-11-2006, 09:23 AM
And then other people start using that stuff to say that Ben is a whiner trying to come up with excuses....when he has actually done the opposite by taking responsibility. :cursin:

House of Steel
10-11-2006, 09:56 AM
The Media is a bunch of dumb suckers that love to procrasinate anything and everything possible to get a good rating. They need a man like me that goes to the source and reports from the source with excitement and anxiety.

10-12-2006, 12:41 PM
What's next... "Ben had a huge bowel movement just minutes before coming out onto the field. We are still trying to find out if it was diarrhea or of the normal kind. Stay tuned for an update as we try and uncover the mystery!"

Ben has always grabbed his elbow because there was talk of this last year. One thing for sure if the media doesn't have a story they are pretty damn good at making them up!

10-12-2006, 03:04 PM
Maybe there is something wrong with his arm???????

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=ApY8na7boEjTt7_duq7J3qKT2bYF?slug=jm-injuries101106&prov=yhoo&type=lgns)

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left Sunday's game with his right elbow in a sling. Team doctors have diagnosed the injury as tennis elbow. It could be a sign that Roethlisberger is suffering from a tired arm. Roethlisberger has struggled this season and the Steelers (1-3) are at a crossroads as they play host Kansas City on Sunday. While Roethlisberger's elbow injury is not considered serious, it could allow coach Bill Cowher to consider using backup Charlie Batch if the team is not moving the ball or if the offense continues to be slowed by turnovers. Keep an eye on rookie wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who will be returning punts until fellow rookie Willie Reid (foot) can return from an injury he suffered last week.

10-12-2006, 03:56 PM
Npne of that is news. Ben is and has always been rubbing something or shaking his hand out, always something. It is just the way he does, no big deal.

10-12-2006, 06:05 PM
Maybe there is something wrong with his arm???????

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=ApY8na7boEjTt7_duq7J3qKT2bYF?slug=jm-injuries101106&prov=yhoo&type=lgns)

Until we see Ben on the sidelines in a sling on gameday, Im not buying this as anything serious right now. Im not sure how he can get a tired arm when it's only October and he missed so much time in the offseason and preseason. If you ask me it's that his arm hasn't gotten enough work to get into game shape and it may just be sore till he continues to get more reps and playing time.

10-12-2006, 08:57 PM
Not sure if I agree with Cowher on this. The job of the media is to report what they see and being an entertainer (thats what a football player is afterall) Ben is subject to this scrutiny. They say he always rubs is elbow in warmups but the first time in a few years that TV cameras have seen this. And it just so happens that the same game he gets hit anyways and comes out in a sling...very suspicious, no?

Good point though that he didnt not try to bring this upon himself but people still claim he whines.