It should not be surprising that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is trying to warm up a horse for him to ride in on this coming Sunday in Baltimore.
Roethlisberger, who has missed the last two games after suffering a right SC sprain and a dislocated rib against the Kansas City Chiefs, told the media on Thursday that the injured rib hitting his aorta is no longer major worry and that the issue now isn\’t as much about the pain as it is about how much zip he can put on the ball, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network.
Roethlisberger was listed on the Wednesday injury report as practicing on a limited basis, but media reports said that his light throwing session ended even before some players made it to the practice field.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday during his press conference that they were going to leave the door open for Roethlisberger to play against the Baltimore Ravens, but that he\’s not going to be allowed to do so unless he showed this week in practice that he\’s capable of doing so.
With the above being said, the Steelers quarterback also told reporters on Wednesday that he still has a lot of pain in his right shoulder and that strength remains an issue. Kinkhabwala reported that Roethlisberger said that he will wear extra padding on his injured shoulder whenever he does return and that he always wears a rib protector.
As far as him being able to play Sunday against the Ravens, Roethlisberger said, “There\’s always a chance.”