In the third quarter of last night’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs game Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury and was unable to return. The Steelers were fortunate to be able to hold on and win in overtime 16-13 minus Roethlisberger and keep their winning streak alive. The injury looked rather benign at the time, but shortly after you could see that Roethlisberger had a dead arm and was jogging to the locker room. The rest of the team rallied and came back to win, but all thoughts were on the starting quarterback.
During the game there was much speculation, mostly via Twitter as to the nature of the injury. It was reported that Roethlisberger left the stadium during the game for evaluation with his wife and columnist Rick Riley Tweeted that his agent reported that Ben’s injury was “unique” and not something typical of a football injury. This opened the door for much speculation.
But today head coach Mike Tomlin reported that Roethlisberger suffered a Sternoclavicular(SC) strain of his shoulder. This is indeed unusual in terms of an NFL sports injury.
In basic terms, this is a ligament injury that occurs where the Sternum and Clavicle connect. I don’t know the severity of the injury, or even if the injury is at the insertion point or mid-substance, but regardless this is an unusual injury because it takes a tremendous load to damage this ligament.
I am not one to get into speculation, so I won’t try and guess how long Roethlisberger will be out. But I will say this; Ben is tough and if there is any way he can get on that field at home Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens he will. I will update his status as I know more.
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