Roethlisberger Chose Not To Wear Custom-made Protective Vest Against Chargers

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made his return to the field this past Sunday after missing the previous three games due to a rib and shoulder injury suffered in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs and the belief was that he would be wearing a custom-made protective vest and shoulder pads that included Kevlar padding to help protect him. As it turns out, he didn\’t wear much more than he usually does.

“I didn‘t wear anything different other than I had a little bit of padding on the outside of my shoulder pads and It was a little bulky so I took it off,” said Roethlisberger, when asked how the extra protective worked against the Chargers.”

Roethlisberger looked like his normal self on Sunday outside of a few bad throws at the beginning of the game, where it looked like the football might have stuck to the gloves he wearing. The Steelers quarterback was under pressure for most of the game, however, and that forced him to scramble for yardage on five plays where he took a little additional contact than was planned. He was also sacked once and hit on three other drop-backs in addition.

So how is Roethlisberger feeling a couple days removed from his first game back?

“Normal Wednesday,” he said. “No major setbacks, so I actually feel pretty good.”

The Steelers quarterback was asked if there was ever any talk about him coming out of the game in the second half when the score was out of hand.

“Not that I know of,” said Roethlisberger. “And if coach would have said something to me I would have told him, \’no\’. It doesn\’t mean that I still wouldn\’t have been out, but I would not have wanted to come out no matter what the score was. That\’s just not me.”

“I want to be out there,” Roethlisberger added. “I never want to quit.”

Quitting is certainly something that he will never be accused of.

  • steeltown

    Glad there was no set backs, he got beat up pretty good behind the awful performance of the OLine. Hopefully DeCastro creates a spark and Beachum has another solid performance

  • Matt Lipner

    I know everyone is being critical of the Steelers this season, myself included, but when I really think about BB’s potential in a Haley-esque short-yardage passing offense, I realize just how disappointing everyone around Ben on offense has been this season, with only a few exceptions (Heath, Pouncey, AB for the most part, and others). There really is no excuse for this offense struggling with a top 5 QB at the helm.

  • steeltown

    Agreed.. I cant pinpoint a single main issue, I guess its a collective failure on the shoulders of an OLine that is hot and cold week to week, WR’s who are dropping passes, injuries of course take their toll, Redman hasnt been as good as I thought and of course the biggest problem is the turnover ratio. Lots of fumbles this season, with not many takeaways on Defense

  • steeltown

    Also, dont leave out Starks and Foster as guys who are exceptions to the Teams shortcomings, they’ve been solid