Friday, September 22, 2006
Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ben Roethlisberger has had 14 games with a passer rating higher than his much-discussed body temperature Monday night in Jacksonville, even if it were 104 degrees.
Two of those have come against the Cincinnati Bengals, who come to Heinz Field Sunday at something of a fever pitch themselves.
Roethlisberger has cooled down since Monday night and has two more days of antibiotics to kill the virus that infected his body during a 9-0 loss to the Jaguars, a game in which he threw two interceptions and had the third-lowest passer rating (38.7) of his career.
In addition to shaking the virus, Roethlisberger thinks he was able to shake some rust by playing against the Jaguars -- rust that likely accumulated after not having appeared in a game in 24 days, during which he had appendectomy surgery.
"I think it helped, I really do," Roethlisberger said yesterday. "Getting out there for the first time in a long time and getting some game action and getting hit a little bit, I had a 390-pounder land on my neck, so that felt good. But it is good to get out there and, hopefully, I'll be better this week."
Roethlisberger was talking about his performance on the field, not his health.
If history is any indication, he will be.