Ben Roethlisberger Injury Worse Than Previously Believed, What are the Implications?

By Curt Popejoy
Big Ben Out Sunday vs Ravens
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Today it was reported that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been ruled out for this Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens due to the injuries he suffered on Monday night. That alone is disconcerting, however it’s the new information that makes this entire situation so much more serious.

According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the greater concern for Roethlisber beyond the SC joint Sprain he suffered when he was sacked on Monday night is the dislocated rib that occurred at the same time. That is a far more serious issue at this point.

When I first wrote about the injury, I indicated then that I wasn’t sure if the sprain was at the insertion point or mid-substance inferring that would potentially be impact the severity of the injury and recovery time. This latest information tells me that this was an insertion point injury, near the rib and that is part of the reason for the additional rib injury.

A dislocated rib is not only rare but potentially very dangerous. Considering the location of the dislocation, his aorta is threatened if he re-injures it before it’s completely healthy. I suffered 2 dislocated ribs in college and while the injury was not identical, I understand the timetable for a person to be back to 100 percent. Having said that, I won’t be shocked if Roethlisberger is forced to miss the next 3 games, and possibly a 4th.

This isn’t the type of injury a player can simply play through. It’s one you must allow to fully heal before the player can be not only fully effective, but fully safe as well. I am sure they will do all they can to get Roethlisberger back on the field as soon as possible, but this rib injury changes the entire dynamic from what we knew on Monday night.

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