During practice at the training camp of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger limped off the practice field after getting his left ankle stepped on by an offensive lineman during a goal-line practice. This is the same ankle that slowed Roethlisberger down at the end of the 2011 regular season.
Big Ben didn’t return to practice for the rest of the day, and sat on the sidelines with his ankle wrapped in ice. The severity of his injured ankle isn’t known.
Head coach Mike Tomlin nonchalantly told the media that Roethlisberger’s ankle was fine.
This injury comes right after Roethlisberger told the media that he has a partially torn rotator cuff, which was sustained in November of last season against the Baltimore Ravens.
Just like Tomlin brushing off the ankle injury, Roethlisberger did the same regarding his partially torn shoulder earlier this week.
I can understand why the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Tomlin, and the rest of the Steelers organization would downplay these injuries. They already have too much to worry about right now with other key players, like running back Rashard Mendenhall and nose tackle Casey Hampton already sidelined. Furthermore, Pittsburgh still has to deal with the never-ending Mike Wallace soap opera.
I believe that if anyone tells you that they are not worried about the recently reported injuries to the nine-year veteran quarterback, they are lying. Big Ben is as tough as they come, but the 30-year old isn’t getting any younger, and injuries don’t heal as well as they did when you’re in your twenties.
Any injury to the face of your franchise is definitely worth worrying about.
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