Roethlisberger Has Rib Dislocation In Addition To Shoulder Sprain That Could Kill Him

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talked to the local media on Wednesday for the first time since he left the Monday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a right shoulder injury.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger had suffered an SC sprain of the right shoulder and on Wednesday Roethlisberger revealed that he had partially dislocated a rib on the play in addition.

According to Twitter reports on Wednesday by Will Graves of the Associated Press and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Roethlisberger said that the rib injury is causing more pain than the SC joint sprain and indicated that the pain is a “9” on a scale of 1-10. Playing with the injury is a huge risk as well, according to the quarterback, who told the media the injury to the rib could kill him by pressing against his aorta if he played.

Roethlisberger told the media that there is currently no timetable for his return. The quarterback was ruled out for the Sunday night game against the Baltimore Ravens and it appears he will miss several more games in addition to that one.

  • S#!t

  • RW

    Is this something that can heal?

  • Would a rib dislocation require surgery? I have heard of cracked, broken and bruised ribs but never dislocated ribs. Dave?

  • Matt Lipner

    I’m not a doctor (quite yet) but I have studied and seen a rib dislocation in a clinic, and it is an excruciatingly painful injury. Breathing is difficult, and frequently the rib will be displaced into internal structures (Ben mentioned the aorta, but the lungs are also in danger). Doctors could have repositioned the rib within a few hours of the injury to speed up the healing process, which would explain the rushed trip to the hospital midgame. Even if it was repositioned, it will still take over a month to heal and his throwing arm will lose significant strength. From what I’ve read, few require surgery.

  • jeff porch

    That was very well put matt.

  • Having broken a rib, I can only imagine how bad that hurts.

  • zyzak

    This is all nonsense. Broekn ribs are not life threatening unless it is pushed into the lung in an intense trauma. As in an auto accident

  • Adam Stang

    I don’t think last Monday could have gone any worse. Maybe if we lost. But man does this feel like a loss anyways…

  • As far as the season goes, a loss would likely have been better.

  • Cletus

    When you talk, I smell poo.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Wow, Cletus, you’re so eloquent. 3 years old or a “slow” 4?

  • zyzak

    you’re up past your bedtime litlle asshole

  • You don’t have any idea what you are talking about, do you? Broekn ribs may not be life threatening, but Broken/dislocated ribs can be. If you had any clue at all you would realize the amount of force NFL players are subjected is more than enough to provide the trauma needed to break a rib.

  • zyzak

    Iv’e had broken ribs scapular and clavicle all at the same time. The pain goes away in 3 days no big deal, so don’t tell ME I dont knwo what I’m talking about. I’m no drama queen

  • panthrowe

    Am I the only one that thinks every time Ben talks he is full of it. Im surprised they didnt have to amputate. Huge steelers fan and Ben is having a great season but he always seems to up the injury from what it actually is. He could die? Enjoy the birth of you son Ben no excuse needed.

  • You are no drama queen, I made the mistake of reading some of your other posts, and you are just a clueless, opinionated blowhard.

    Every injury is not the same. If you say your pain went away in three days, it wasn’t broken ribs. I broke my ribs and they were sore for a month. Every other person I’ve ever talked to, including the orthopedic surgeon that treated me, gives a similar time frame. Plus, you have board certified surgeons saying the average recovery from Ben’s injury is about 6 weeks, and that they can indeed be life threatening. So stop pretending like your limited knowledge is the be all end all, when it clearly isn’t.

  • And by the way, a scapular is a religious article, not a bone. I believe you mean scapula. If you are going to act like you know everything about rib/shoulder injuries, you should at least get the bones correct.

  • Hope big ben gets better quick, we need him…..but just saying it is a major coincendence that he will be out at least one month when it was stated as saying earlier in the week that he atalked to the roodneys about making sure that he will be at the birth of his baby regardless of where they play that week…i really do believe that he should be at the birth but he is [aid millions of dollars to play football for pittsburgh, his wife should have scheduled a c section, she knew what he did for a living when she married him…

  • I thought the same thing but when your rib is broken/dislocated you can’t be taking hits when it is that close to your aorta or your lungs it could slip and puncture and then your screwed……… not to mention you are no Steelers fan when your talking Shit like that I’m from the Burgh and we take this Shit personally when some dumb ass talks like that he’s one of the toughest SOBs out there and if he isn’t playing then he’s really hurt… Dumb ass!