Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisbereger has gone from questionable to definitely out of this week’s upcoming match up for AFC North supremacy between the Steelers and their long-time rivals the Baltimore Ravens. He’s out due to an injury which he sustained versus the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football during week 10.
Roethlisbereger not only has the SC shoulder sprain in his throwing arm (right) which he was originally diagnosed with on Monday night, but he also suffered a fractured rib which has the potential to tear lung lining due to the placement of the fracture. This injury was discovered on Tuesday following further tests done by the Steelers doctors and medical staff. Both injuries occurred in the third quarter of the Steelers 16-13 overtime victory versus the Chiefs when Kansas City defensive end Tamba Hali and linebacker Justin Houston converged on Roethlisberger and then pounded him into the ground on his right side.
With Roethlisberger out for at least one week as of now, the Steelers will go with Byron Leftwich as the man behind center who hasn’t started a game since 2009 and hasn’t won one since 2006 going 0-6 in last six starts. On Monday night, filling in for the injured Roethlisberger, Leftwich completed just seven of his 14 attempts for only 73 yards.
Timing couldn’t have been worse for the Steelers in regards to this injury, with two of their next games coming up against the Ravens, who are currently one game ahead of Pittsburgh in the race to claim the AFC North. This Sunday the two foes will square off in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field followed by a Steelers trip to face the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland and then their second meeting with the Ravens in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium.