Ben Roethlisberger Shoulder Injury Termed SC Sprain By Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin updated the status of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during his Tuesday press conference and said that he has been diagnosed with a a right shoulder sprain. Tomlin specifically called it a “SC” sprain.

Tomlin would go on to say that Roethlisberger, who left in the third quarter of the Monday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs, is being evaluated today and that his-status is questionable for the upcoming game Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

Tomlin said that he does not think that the injury was an aggravation of any previous injury.

SC stands for Sternoclavicular joint injury whinch entails ligament trauma to the joint connecting the breastbone [sternum] and the collarbone [clavicle]). It is an uncommon injury.

How is SC joint injury treated?

Most SC joint injuries are subluxations (in which the joint is partially separated) rather than dislocations (in which the joint surfaces are completely displaced and remain unopposed). Treatment is influenced by this difference.

More as it comes in.

  • Matt Lipner

    This is the best news we could have received in my opinion. SC separations are indeed very rare, as the joint is reinforced by multiple ligaments on each side. On the other hand, the AC (acromioclavicular) joint is the “shoulder separation” that everyone was worried about, and would have severely hindered his throwing motion for many weeks. If this sprain only affects one of the strong ligaments around the SC joint, the recovery could be pretty rapid, and either way will not affect his arm motion nearly as much as an AC separation.

  • RW

    How rapid are we talking in the ideal situation?

  • CatAlum06

    Isn’t this the same injury that knocked Brett Farve out for good?

  • Nathan

    According to an old article summing up Favre’s old injuries it takes 3 weeks to 3 months and is very difficult to recover from fully. It was Favre’s final injury before retirement (the last one).

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Couldn’t agree more with Steel M A Niac. This “happens” to coincide with the birth of his child so….I’m guessing that the team is giving it the silent nod.

  • RW

    That’s crazy talk – the Steelers wouldn’t have spent so much time with this PR campaign that they were okay with him leaving for the birth of his child if they were just going to fake an injury to keep the fan base happy. If it happens to coincide with the birth of his child it will be purely coincidence.

  • Matt Lipner

    No that was a concussion suffered in the game he came back from the SC sprain. He only missed one game due to the SC sprain. Ben’s could more more or less severe though. In any case, it is going to be very painful to breath and move the upper arm for a while.