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mwittman5
10-03-2011, 01:01 PM
http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7054209/ben-roethlisberger-pittsburgh-steelers-sprained-foot-status-vs-tennessee-titans-unclear

Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained left foot, team sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. The sources, however, would not speculate on the quarterback's status for the Pittsburgh Steelers' game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

A scan performed Monday on Roethlisberger's left foot was negative for a fracture, the sources said. An MRI on Sunday had indicated a possible fracture but the test was inconclusive because of swelling in the foot.

Roethlisberger on Sunday said his foot was injured on the second-to-last series of the Steelers' 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans when he was tackled from behind. He remained in the game but had trouble walking afterward in the locker room.

He was wearing a walking boot when he left the stadium.

He had an X-ray after the game, but said Sunday he didn't know the results.

"I don't know. I'm still worrying about this game," Roethlisberger said. "It's still too fresh in my mind to worry about next week yet."

Playing with a foot injury wouldn't be new for Roethlisberger. He played part of last season with a broken right foot.

"You know me -- if I can be out there, I'm going to be out there. That's so for next week, too," he said Sunday. "If I can do it and if I have to cast it up -- we saw I had to do that last year. I casted up my foot for the last half of the year. If we have to do it, I'll do it."

Roethlisberger was sacked five times Sunday, hit several other times and hurried throughout the day behind an injury-plagued offensive line.

Rampage
10-03-2011, 01:05 PM
Now he should break it by kicking everyone's *** on that o-line.

mwittman5
10-03-2011, 01:21 PM
Now he should break it by kicking everyone's *** on that o-line.

:lol: . Idk they seem to go down pretty easily. Probably would hurt them more than his foot.

TampaSteelGirl
10-03-2011, 01:39 PM
Now he should break it by kicking everyone's *** on that o-line.

OMG THIS IS THE BEST COMMENT I'VE EVER SEEN!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!

:rofl: :rofl:

BlitzburghRockCity
10-03-2011, 02:21 PM
This is positive news. He'll wear that boot for a couple days this week and then I would imagine they'll try and cast/tape him up real good like last year and see how it goes.

Honestly I'm not real worried about Ben, I'm more concerned that if Charlie Batch had to come in, could he literally survive an entire game behind that line?

Goodfrom55
10-03-2011, 05:05 PM
My only concern is sometimes, a sprain is worse than a break, depending o tne body part. SInce it is not an ankle, he should be OK for Sunday but they're gonna have to MAX PROTECT in order to keep him upright moving forward.

WOndering if Tomlin is going to call FLozell to play LT. Sh*t! Call me. I can do better than Trai Essux.

steelersbabex25
10-03-2011, 06:25 PM
My only concern is sometimes, a sprain is worse than a break, depending o tne body part. SInce it is not an ankle, he should be OK for Sunday but they're gonna have to MAX PROTECT in order to keep him upright moving forward.

WOndering if Tomlin is going to call FLozell to play LT. Sh*t! Call me. I can do better than Trai Essux.

Sprained ankle is very different and a lot worse from a sprained foot. Sprained ankle could keep him out for a few months. This is very good news.

Goodfrom55
10-03-2011, 06:44 PM
Sprained ankle is very different and a lot worse from a sprained foot. Sprained ankle could keep him out for a few months. This is very good news.

Very much agree. This will nag him for the better part of the rest of the season, but it shoudn't keep him off the field.

steelersbabex25
10-03-2011, 06:46 PM
Very much agree. This will nag him for the better part of the rest of the season, but it shoudn't keep him off the field.

I believe it was either Crosby or Staal who had a sprained ankle a few years ago and they were out for like 4 months.

steelchamp204
10-03-2011, 06:52 PM
Think this will affect his throwing(ball sailing high on him)?

Stairwayto7
10-03-2011, 07:06 PM
Now he should break it by kicking everyone's *** on that o-line.

I agree, no more mister nice guy. Brady or Marino would be kicking thier guys asses

chisteeler
10-03-2011, 09:20 PM
It might just be what the O line needs. I'm sure they're all friends, but sometimes you have to check your friends and/or colleagues to get positive results. No Christmas gifts from Ben this year fellas.

SteelCurtain17
10-04-2011, 08:49 PM
Ben's very lucky it wasn't a break. This should definately wake up that O-line and they should realize they are putting Ben in harms way each and every game with the way their playing right now.

BlitzburghRockCity
10-05-2011, 12:18 AM
So basically it looks like Ben is going to play this weekend barring some type of setback. I don't think any of us expected anything different out of him. He's a warrior, as tough as they come, and doesn't want to let his team down. If he can walk, he'll be out there. Quite honestly this team cannot afford to have him on the bench. If he's not under center you can forget about anything else other than a good draft pick in 2012.

steelersbabex25
10-05-2011, 12:56 AM
So basically it looks like Ben is going to play this weekend barring some type of setback.

Ahem..exactly what I said in a previous thread.

Stairwayto7
10-09-2011, 05:23 PM
I know Ben takes alot of heat for holding on to the ball too long, but he gets things done, thats his way. But to play through injuries like he does? You wouldnt hear Brady or manning playing through broken nose, sprained foot , etc.
And im sure he wasnt going to miss Starks come back.

BlitzburghRockCity
10-10-2011, 10:06 AM
Through four games, I'd begun to think the Steelers' only viable option to preserve Ben Roethlisberger was to freeze him. You know, cryogenics. Store him away and save him for some other day, when he wouldn't be limping for his life on a sprained foot.
But for this one day, this 38-17 bounce-back body slam of the Tennessee Titans on a pristine Sunday at Heinz Field, a few other less creative options were unearthed.
Like, oh, blocking.

And executing plays quickly.

And having receivers work their routes correctly.

And establishing an honest-to-Franco running game.

And trying just about every reverse, play-action pass and fake punt in offensive coordinator Bruce Arians' playbook.

Funny how this works, but that sudden burst of competence helped Roethlisberger complete 24 of 34 passes for 228 yards and five touchdowns second time in his career, one more than Terry Bradshaw despite mobility that ranged somewhere between Kent Graham and the Mister Rogers monument. The sprained left foot had Roethlisberger limping before, during and after the game, but he held the pocket and, to borrow wide receiver Hines Ward's description, "played his tail off for us out there."
No one should dispute it or downplay it. But the hard truth is, neither the Steelers nor Roethlisberger had a choice. Someone needed to erase the stink of Houston, to avoid the amplifying doubts that would follow a 2-3 start. Someone needed to breathe life back into a franchise that surely was asking questions of itself that a lot of us had been asking for weeks.

Only one player on this roster has the singular ability to change that. Roethlisberger needed to step up, even if it was just on one foot.

"I just don't want to let my guys down," he said afterward. "I want to give them my best. I'll be there until they take me off on a cart, which has happened before. I want to put this team and this offense in the best position to win football games."
The best position, as Roethlisberger saw it, was to play without limitation.
I asked Arians if he had adjusted his playcalling in any way to compensate for the foot injury, and Arians swore that "not one thing" was changed. Earlier in the week, Arians went over play after play with his quarterback to check if he could run it, and Roethlisberger nodded with each. Before the game yesterday, recognizing a brick wall when he saw one, Arians told Roethlisberger: "Play football the way you know how. Don't change who you are just because people think you'll get sacked."
So it was that Roethlisberger shrugged off two game-opening incompletions by nailing his next four passes. The last was an 8-yard touchdown to tight end Heath Miller that pierced right between the 8 and the 3.

He was 3 of 4 on the next drive, capped by a 7-yard touchdown to Ward.
On the third drive, he handed off to Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer repeatedly to get to the Tennessee 1. Once there, he and Arians turned to one of those plays that had been a concern to Arians, a rollout to the right. Roethlisberger ran across to fire a touchdown to tight end David Johnson, then slowly limped to the Steelers' sideline, which conveniently was in the same direction. He hunched over in clear agony.
"Ben said he could do it," Arians said. "You saw that he could."

Anyone still think Roethlisberger is faking or milking these things?
The man was sacked 14 times through four games, hit 21 other times, crushed from the blind side at least four times, had his right knee bent sideways by a cheap shot, and still suited up Sunday.

What more does the irrational faction of his critics want?

There was credit to go around: Redman and Dwyer battled far harder for their yards than Rashard Mendenhall had been doing. LaMarr Woodley finally showed up. Nose tackle Chris Hoke was receiving raves for his work as Casey Hampton's substitute. Troy Polamalu was ablaze. And the offensive line, led by Maurkice Pouncey back in Pro Bowl form and Max Starks back in the fold, was stunningly solid. Roethlisberger was sacked once.

Was it all real?

Let's wait and see. For this one day, linebacker Lawrence Timmons summed it up best when asked about all of the injuries: "We are the Pittsburgh Steelers. We're a tough team."

Let me take that to a different level: Ben Roethlisberger is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he's never been tougher.

From the Trib (Kovacevic:%20Big%20Ben%20embodies%20team%20resolv e%20-%20Pittsburgh%20Tribune-Review%20http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_761077.html#ixzz1aNquWNVf)

SnakeEyes43
10-10-2011, 11:25 AM
Great article BRC. And yes Ben has everything we love about our Steeler players. Heart, fight, determination, grit, toughness, and an iron will.

BlitzburghRockCity
10-10-2011, 11:30 AM
There should be no question, Ben is the toughest Quarterback in the NFL. For the second year in a row he's out there hobbling around in the pregame, barely able to even walk. Then he takes the field on offense and somehow finds a way to win. I'm sure the pain was incredible but he toughs it out because he knows this team needs him.

He's a leader and the heart and soul of this team on offense. You could make a serious case that Ben plays better hurt than he does when he's healthy.

Stairwayto7
10-10-2011, 11:42 AM
Most Qb`s wouldnt take that kind of beatinG!

LarryNJ
10-10-2011, 12:10 PM
There should be no question, Ben is the toughest Quarterback in the NFL. For the second year in a row he's out there hobbling around in the pregame, barely able to even walk. Then he takes the field on offense and somehow finds a way to win. I'm sure the pain was incredible but he toughs it out because he knows this team needs him.

He's a leader and the heart and soul of this team on offense. You could make a serious case that Ben plays better hurt than he does when he's healthy.

Yes you could make a case for that. Could it be that the rest of the team steps it up when they see him playing hurt and they relax when he's healthy?

mwittman5
10-10-2011, 12:43 PM
I know Ben takes alot of heat for holding on to the ball too long, but he gets things done, thats his way. But to play through injuries like he does? You wouldnt hear Brady or manning playing through broken nose, sprained foot , etc.
And im sure he wasnt going to miss Starks come back.

Plus a broken foot last year.

steelersbabex25
10-10-2011, 12:45 PM
I know he's seen hobbling around on the sidelines, but you also have to take into account how much the adrenaline kicks in during an actual play. Not trying to take away from anything he did, he obviously came through huge today and played through the pain, but that's just something to take into account. During one of my senior year volleyball practices, our coach made us spend the whole practice doing jumping drills, which aggravated the shin splints that I already had at the time. The next day for one of our big games, they were as bad as I can ever remember, and I suffered through a lot of shin splints in my volleyball days. Shin splints are nothing to be compared to a sprained foot, obviously, but I did my fair share of hobbling during the pregame, but for every play during the game I didn't even realize it hurt. Then between plays, I would hobble over to my next position. I'm sure the adrenaline kept his mind somewhat off the pain also during plays for Ben.

Speeed
10-10-2011, 01:11 PM
He is not only one of the toughest QB's, he is one of the toughest guys in the league. Even when he is injured, linebackers and lineman bounce off him routinely.

The Ravens forum, for whatever reason, call him a crybaby quite often. I have never heard him complain of injury. Mofo is tough.



Great article BRC. And yes Ben has everything we love about our Steeler players. Heart, fight, determination, grit, toughness, and an iron will.

steelersbabex25
10-10-2011, 01:13 PM
The Ravens forum, for whatever reason, call him a crybaby quite often. I have never heard him complain of injury. Mofo is tough.

Same reason the Capitals/Flyers fans maintain the "Crybaby Crosby" thing. Because he's good. And they know it.

BlitzburghRockCity
10-10-2011, 05:48 PM
Let me see Flacco go out there and play with a busted nose, broken foot, and get sacked 6 times a game every week and then we'll see who's tough.

Fans like just continue to make themselves look stupid with retarded comments like that. Whether or not Ben is a "great" quarterback is reason to debate but whether or not he is tough if not up for debate, ever. The dude has proved countless times he can play through pain and be successful.

steelersbabex25
10-10-2011, 05:51 PM
Ravens fans also think that Ben milks the injury too much and is faking it half the time :rolleyes:

MattyVfromCT
10-10-2011, 07:30 PM
Ravens fans also think that Ben milks the injury too much and is faking it half the time :rolleyes:

Nobody ever said raven fans were smart. Some of the biggest morons I've ever dealt with.......

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