Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey both had their MRI test done Friday on their injured ankles and the results on both were not deemed to be Grade 3 sprains, but high ankle sprains instead according to Gerry Dulac. Dulac says the injuries are “not good” according to his source. Both players are currently in walking boots and will likely wear them way into early next week.
Roethlisberger went down in the second quarter of the Thursday night win against the Cleveland Browns after being sacked by the Browns defensive lineman Scott Paxson. Roethlisberger went for X-rays following the injury but did return to start the second half and did finish the game.
Pouncey also injured his left ankle, the same one that kept him out of the Super Bowl this past February, in the second quarter as well. He did not want to come out of the game after injuring it, but eventually did. He never returned to the game. Pouncey said after the game that will play next Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers, but that is far from being set in stone at this point.
Defensive end Ziggy Hood and safety Troy Polamalu were also banged up in the win as Hood injured his groin early in the game and Polamalu tweaked his hamstring. There have been no status updates today on their injuries and it could be Tuesday before we hear anything more on all of the injured.