Found November 13, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
According to Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a sprained SC joint in his shoulder. That injury is considered to take as few as a couple days to as many as 4-6 weeks to heal depending on the severity of the injury. ”He is being evaluated,” Tomlin said. ”Obviously this injury puts his participation in the questionable category for this week.” The Steelers will play the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football next week. It will be the first of three critical division games. Following the Ravens game on the 18th the Steelers will head to Cleveland to play the Browns and then will play the Ravens again in Baltimore. Roethlisberger was sacked by Tamba Hali of the Chiefs just three plays into the second half and he never returned. He was taken to a local hospital for tests on his shoulder. Byron Leftwich took over for Roethlisberger at quarterback and did just enough to help the Steelers beat the Chiefs 16-13 in overtime. ”It didn’t seem like a tough hit … but he came to the sideline and next thing you know he was gone,” Pittsburgh left tackle Max Starks said. ”I’m hoping it was nothing serious. Honestly it didn’t seem like it.” It will not be determined until later this week as to whether or not Roethlisberger has any chance of starting on Sunday. As of now it seems very doubtful that he will see the field against the Ravens next week. That means Byron Leftwich will get the start for the Steelers. ”B-Left has been here a long time,” defensive end Brett Keisel said. ”If he’s in there, we expect to keep rolling.” Leftwich was a first round pick and used to be a starter in the league so he has the experience to win games. A week of practice with the first team offense should also have him more prepared to play next week. The Ravens are always a tough win and without Roethlisberger the Steelers will be at a disadvantage. Pittsburgh currently holds their own destiny in the AFC North, but will need to beat the Ravens both times to take a firm hold of the division. That will be an even tougher task if Roethlisberger is out for 4+ weeks and misses both games. However, with the weak level of play in the AFC this year the Steelers should make the playoffs with just three or four wins in their final seven games. They will play the Ravens, Browns, Ravens, Chargers, Cowboys, Bengals, and Browns to finish out the season. If the Steelers can just get into the playoffs and get back a healthy Roethlisberger as well as some other injured players including All-Pro safety Troy Polamlau they could still make a run at a seventh Super Bowl championship, but they will have to get the to dance first. Luckily for the Steelers they have two veteran back-up quarterbacks in Leftwich and Charlie Batch and should at least have a shot at winning without Roethlisberger. Also, Antonio Brown, Rashard Mendenhall, Troy Polamalu, and Marcus Gilbert could be back next week. Which could prove big as they may need the boost if they are entering the game with Leftwich at quarterback. The post Roethlisberger’s Injury Could Change the Landscape of the Steelers Season appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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