Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a small break in his right thumb but said today it will not prevent him from playing and should not affect his play when the Steelers season resumes Nov. 27 in Kansas City.
Roethlisberger said his thumb was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's game in Cincinnati.
"I refractured it,'' Roethlisberger said today after practice, a protective sleeve on the right thumb. "How it happened, I don't remember."
He made a scheduled appearance at a local car dealership Monday night and apologized to guests for not being able to sign autographs. He also shook with his left hand.
Roethlisberger said if the Steelers had a game scheduled this weekend, he would play.
This is not the first time Roethlisberger has had a similar issue with his right thumb, and it irritated former coach Bill Cowher when he was asked about it.
It first came to light in 2005 and there were public issues about it over the next two seasons.
The first known injury occurred Nov. 28 during a game in Indianapolis and Cowher continued to list his quarterback as probable, and he continued to play.
However, during a Cowher press conference Dec. 13, the coach showed his obvious frustration at the continued questions about Roethlisberger's thumb.
"Talk to him,'' Cowher told a reporter who asked about the quarterback. "I'm not going to talk about it, so don't ask me questions. You can talk to him.''
Roethlisberger wore a protective sleeve on his thumb in past seasons when it bothered him and is expected to follow suit when he returns to practice after the bye week. The Steelers have light practices today and Wednesday, then have the next four days off. They will resume practices next Monday.