Board-certified Surgeon Breaks Down Roethlisberger Injuries & When He Might Be Able To Play Again

Now that we know the nature of the injuries suffered by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the Monday night win over the Kansas City Chiefs, some medical experts, you know, REAL doctors, are able to give their educated opinions on how long the quarterback might be sidelined.

Melanie Friedlander, a board-certified general surgeon, and a friend of mine on Twitter, has written an excellent piece on what exactly the injuries were to Roethlisberger and how they could indeed been life threatening. Friedlander explains why Roethlisberger was taken to the hospital and why his injury is different than the one suffered by St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola a few weeks ago.

In addition, Friedlander has studied the case report of the 1998 rugby player that the Steelers quarterback referred to in his interview on Wednesday.

Friedlander goes on to say that if the only injury that Roethlisberger had suffered was the SC shoulder sprain, that he could likely return to action pretty quick. The rib dislocation, however, is the tougher injury of the two to put a timetable on.

Friedlander states that a conservative estimate would place Roethlisberger on the bench for 6 weeks, but being a Steelers fan, she knows all bets are off when it comes to him overcoming injuries. Based on her knowledge and conversations with her local sports medicine orthopedic surgery experts, she concludes that it’s way too soon to predict when Roethlisberger might be able to return to action.

It really is an easy to understand piece and I highly suggest you read it.

  • Dominic Johns

    6 weeks!? O man. We will be lucky to go 3-3 if this is true. I think we lose this first game here against the Ravens. The Browns? I am actually not sure. Rivalries are always tough and I put the Steelers at around a 55 to 60% shot of winning that game plus or minus depending upon Leftwich’s improvement with playing time. We lose the next Ravens game in my assessment. Then there is San Diego and Dallas. Who knows about these two? They could kill us or we could squeak by them. I say the Steelers beat the Cowboys, lose to the Chargers and lose to the Bengals. That is if Ben doesn’t play by then which is improbable in my opinion. I am not sure if we can get into the playoffs with this.

  • calisteelerfan

    Need to stop tripping. Dominic, step away from the stash. Pit #1 Total D and Passing #5 against run and climbing. Mendenhall is back and the O-line has improved. Ravens have been faking it and scraping wins. Their O will not stand up to Steeler D. Lefty has a strong, accurate arm and Ravens have no one that can run with Wallace. I understand the Offense will not be as efficient, but there is not a team left on the schedule that scares anyone. Last time Ben was out they went 3-1. Last time they played the Ravens without Roethlisberger, the Ravens won last second after trailing to a Dennis Dixon led team because of a blown coverage. William Gay anyone? Lewis or Taylor makes the play. Do not be surprised if Ben is back for the second Raven game or if Leftwich wins all his starts.