After re-injuring his shoulder during the Monday night game against the Redskins, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is questionable for this Sunday. Read the rest of the story and see photos and video of Ben Roethlisberger below.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI of his right shoulder on Tuesday after re-injuring it during Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins. He left the game just before halftime with a separated right shoulder, and backup Byron Leftwich carried the torch and led the Steelers to a 23-6 victory. While Roethlisberger was listed as able to return if needed in Monday’s game, it is unknown whether or not he will play this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Roethlisberger’s shoulder has been bothering him since the Sept. 7 game against the Houston Texans, although he has not commented on how much it is affecting him. Coach Mike Tomlin said:
“I’m sure his shoulder has affected him. How much it has affected him, I don’t know. It really is kind of irrelevant. We really don’t look for or seek excuses. We don’t make them, whether we’re talking about Ben or anybody else.”
Short of a miraculously quick recovery, the Steelers may again have to depend on backup Leftwich in this Sunday’s outing against the Colts. They feel prepared, however, as Leftwich is an experienced quarterback with good numbers over his career. Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said after the game against the Skins:
“That’s the hardest position, backup quarterback. To come into the game after really not taking a lot of reps in practice, he did a phenomenal job. Byron gave us fits down in Jacksonville for a long time, so it’s great he can come off the bench with the guys trying to rally around him.”
Steelers fans certainly hope Byron can come in and look just as strong against the 4-4 Colts this Sunday at home in Heinz Field.
More photos and a video of Ben Roethlisberger are below.
Ben Roethlisberger Injury Video