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.