Report: Ben Roethlisberger Might Sit Out Rest Of Regular Season

While not yet substantiated, Jason La Canfora is reporting this morning that it is widely believed in the front office that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will sit out the Saturday game against the St. Louis Rams with his high ankle sprain and could sit out Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns as well. La Canfora also adds that center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed Monday night\’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, is likely to sit another week as well, according to his sources.

Roethlisberger gave it go against the 49ers Monday night and the ankle certainly did affect his play as he was not able to step fully into his throws and his mobility was severely limited. Despite the handicapped ankle, Roethlisberger was 25 of 44 passing for 330 yards, but did throw 3 interceptions and fumbled once on a late sack.

Should Roethlisberger indeed not play Saturday against the Rams, veteran backup Charlie Batch would likely get the start. I caution that this report might be more speculative than anything this early on in the week, so take it for what it is and it certainly is not yet definitive or backed up by the local media as of yet. Mark Kaboly talked to Roethlisberger this morning and asked him about the report and Roethlisberger replied, “That\’s news to me.”

Second year wide receiver Antonio Brown said yesterday on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he expects Roethlisberger to be under Saturday, but that too could be premature on the part of Brown. Roethlisberger is not expected to do much on Thursday in practice, if anything, so we will have to watch the injury report that will be out later today. The Steelers are working inside today due to the weather.

As far as the status of Pouncey goes, Dale Lolley reports this morning that he will try out a brace today and said the decision whether he plays Saturday is his. Pouncey also added in regards to Roethlisberger, “If he played last week, he\’s playing this week.”

  • Ironmany2k

    Ben and Maurkice should sit out and heel up for the playoffs, that’s were they will be needed. The chances of the Ravens losing are slim and we will probably stay as the 5th seed. We will have to travel to Denver and need the starters ready.

  • fire arians

    rest em’. ben needs to get healthy for the playoffs, and i like our chances on the road with a healthy team, better than a home game all banged up. monday was proof that we won’t win as long as ben is hobbled.

  • Steel Resolve

    We all saw Monday night why a head coach is supposed to take matters into his own hands and sit players who are not okay to play. Mike Tomlin dropped the ball on that one. I have been a Steeler fan since I was concieved. I have witnessed alot of mistakes made by the Steeler organization, but this one ranks up there in the top 3. You never take a players word on how he feels, especially in this day and age in the NFL. Ben looked bad, hey we lost one, but we could have lost him the rest of the season. Our 2nd and 3rd (Batch and Dixon) could have given us a way better shot at winning against the 49ers. If the standard is the standard as you say MIke, then it applies to you also. The standard of coaching is about making wise choices, you didn’t make one. Lets pull it together, get rested and healthy, go on the road and win the big one!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin

    Why do you think that Tomlin left it up to Ben? All evidence indicates that Tomlin wanted Ben to play if Ben was medically cleared to play. He did take matters into his own hands. That you disagree with his decision, which is understandable although hopefully not one that is made due to hindsight, does not mean that it was not Tomlin’s decision. You are exaggerating regarding the mistakes made by the Steeler organization. I can name many worse mistakes: Jamain Stephens, benching Kordell, Joe Walton, Cowher playing a concussed Roethlisberger…I can continue.

  • Big Dave

    Steel Resolve you hit the nail dead on, however I not only say Tomlin failed the organization, Ben is being selfish, and the medical staff failed. If a player needs shots and special shoes to take the field, he needs to sit. We are already in the playoffs the mission should be to allow him to heal for that. Look at the BIG PICTURE people.

  • axel718

    Sorry to disappoint but Ben at 50% is better than Batch at a 100%. There is no reason why Ben should have not played in the 49ers game. What should have happened was altering the game plan. If you know ur QB cant move around then how about throwing a lot more screens in there…..

  • ma

    All right! Enough. Ben, ben, ben. Always about what he hurts last. Been through this with Ben the entire time he’s been with Pittsburgh. They’re just trying to take the pressure off them selves and the lousy games they have been playing. Yeah. Let’s talk about Ben and his injury.

    Getting on my nerves.

  • ma

    Sorry. Tomlin put a quarterback’s career on the line and maybe even his life. It was a critical decision that was terribly wrong.