According to several in the Pittsburgh media, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has ditched his sling and it is hard to tell that he is even injured.
Roethlisberger will not play this week against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a dislocated rib and a sprained right SC joint in the win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but head coach Mike Tomlin had some encouraging words about his quarterback on Tuesday.
“He had additional tests done today,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “All things are very positive in terms of where he is. We are encouraged about his status.”
So could Roethlisberger be back under center for the rematch with the Baltimore Ravens? It is hard to really speculate at this time but I certainly wouldn\’t rule it out based on his history of overcoming injuries.
The Steelers will start Charlie Batch Sunday in Cleveland as back up Byron Leftwich has been ruled out with a rib injury suffered Sunday night in the loss to the Ravens. Street free agent Brian Hoyer was signed on Tuesday to back up Batch.
There really is no history as to the type of injury that Roethlisberger suffered, but many in the medical field seem to think that the rib injury will be the thing that could keep him out of action the longest, not the shoulder.
For now it continues to be a wait and see situation, but this week the news certainly sounds encouraging.