Ben Roethlisberger Seems Intent On Playing In Pro Bowl Despite Injured Ankle

Scott Brown reported this morning that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will take quarterback coach Randy Fichtner with him to Hawaii for the 2012 Pro Bowl as a guest.

This news means that Roethlisberger likely has every intention of playing in the game right now and it will be interesting to see if he is still forced to wear the special shoe as support for his injured left ankle that hobbled him the final quarter of the season. Roethlisberger suffered the badly sprained ankle against the Cleveland Browns in week 14 and only missed the week 16 game against the St. Louis Rams as a result.

Roethlisberger finished 8th in the overall fan voting for the Pro Bowl and was 2nd in the AFC behind New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. I am not saying that Roethlisberger should not play in the game, I am just curious to how well the ankle improves from the end of the season until the game.

Wide receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown will join Roethlisberger on the AFC roster in Hawaii, but center Maurkice Pouncey will not play in the game after having surgery on his left ankle Thursday. Several other Steelers players could also get Pro Bowl replacement nods depending on which team from the AFC goes to the Super Bowl.

  • Matthew

    Just curious if Antonio Brown can play WR in the game or is there some goofy pro-bowl rule for staying at the selected position.

  • Would be nice to see Mike, Antonio and Ben on the field at the same time.

  • pghpatriot

    here is the first opportunity where Tomlin and Rooney should start to control Ben. No way in hell would I allow my 100 million dollar man, who was largely hobbled by an ankle injury a week ago, risk his and this teams future in a Pro Bowl game that that few will watch and fewer will attend. He wants to party had have a free trip to HI. It’s time someone takes away that carte blanche ‘do what I want to do, when I want to do it’ attitude. What happens if his knee blows up when he steps in a hole? Do we then have to use our first pick on a QB instead of a G or T?

  • Kingtut499

    Big Ben needs to sit his Ass Down. Get ready for Camp and spend some time with his wife !

  • Jon

    He can play WR. A few years back, one of the Chargers WR’s was picked as a special teams player and he played WR the whole game practically (Norv Turner was the AFC coach)…