Ben Roethlisberger Says He Honestly Doesn\’t Know If He Will Be Back For Ravens Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers sorely need to get quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back as soon as possible and there is a possibility that it could happed this next week against the Baltimore Ravens.

Roethlisberger, who has missed the last two games due to dislocated rib and right shoulder injury, hopes to play Sunday in Baltimore.

“I\’m going to try,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday. “It\’s killing me to watch.”

That being said, Roethlisberger didn\’t give any guarantees on that happening.

“I honestly don’t know,” Roethlisberger told Mike Prisuta. “We’ll evaluate every day. I honestly don’t know anything, truthfully.”

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported at the end of last week that Roethlisberger would start soft-tossing the ball early this week so that he could check his range of motion and work through the pain, according to team sources. Mortensen reported that doctors have determined Roethlisberger\’s rib has healed to the point where further damage is no longer risk.

Head coach Mike Tomlin will of course address the injury situation on Tuesday, but even he might know until the team practices for the first time on Wednesday what the chances are that Roethlisberger returns this next weekend.

All the above said, this is a marathon and not a race. The team certainly will not bring Roethlisberger back until he is ready and cleared by the doctors. If he can play, he will play.

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  • http://twitter.com/braziljosh braziljosh

    I say sit him until he’s ready. This next game will hurt to lose, but after that the schedule gets considerably easier. Would better to have the team at its strongest when they take on Cinci. Time to start thinking about being the top Wild Card team.

  • JT

    It’s good to hear the docs say there’s no further risk, but given how rare this injury is you have to wonder how true that is. Id love to see him play, but you know the line will be eaten alive which puts Ben in danger.

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    It will probably depend on the current health of the O-Line too.

  • Ahmad

    This is really tough. If Ben isn’t ready yet, do we sit him this week and essentially forfeit the BAL game and hope for a 4-0 end to the season? Or do we play him and pray to God he doesn’t get hurt more seriously?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Good Point Shea if they trot Legursky out there at guard against the Ravens Ben would be lucky to make it out of the First quarter.

  • Dan

    I do not want Ben Roethlisberger playing until he is fully ready. I’m tired of having him reaggravate injuries or play poorly by trying to come back too soon from injuries.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    All these injured players should not come back this season. Its better they not play and get fully rehabbed and ready for next year. Let’m all chomp on that bit just aching to play. Its already been well established that some players were rushed into service way too soon only for said players to get reinjured. Let the “starters in waiting” play out the rest of the season for their jobs next year if they play like crud then don’t bring them back, if they play great then the starter in front of them better step it up. People clammering to make the playoffs this year need to administer a self reality check. How far exactly do you think this team will get? When all the walking wounded veterans can contribute next year coupled with this past draft class with a year under their belts the future of this franchise does look promising.

  • Tim Culligan

    Its stupid to “play for next season”. Every year is different, say you want to hold Antonio Brown and Decastro out until next year, then Ben tears his ACL. That decision wouldn’t look to good anymore.

    Point is if they are healthy, play them. Goal is to make the playoffs, and with Ben and this defense, they are dangerous. You saw then handle the Giants, don’t rule anything out.

  • Eric Hurt

    I say play Big Ben. Suggs is itching to welcome him back!

  • RedCarpetDefense

    “To make the playoffs” better not be the goal of this franchise. This franchise is better than that. The goal is obvious…Super Bowl. Making the playoffs is only a goal of mediocre teams consistently finishing 8-8 or worse. Ben and this defense LOST to the Raiders and Titans losing to Denver is somewhat understandable also narrowly beating the Eagles. Your point about playing healthy players is correct however the point of players being rushed to play early is evident with all the reinjuries that has happened. You are also correct that playing for next year is ridiculous however its time for Tomlin to insert his “starters in waiting” or does he realize how underachieving his drafts have been lately.

  • Matt Jones

    If the doctor says they can play, they should play. These are professional athletes competing for one goal only, each year in the NFL could be your last so you might as well play that way.

  • Big BOB

    Ok so ben plays.and the ravens will be like a pack of lions moving in on the kill. maybe we can draft another QB for next year then.