Report: Roethlisberger’s Ankle “Checks Out Ok” (Updates)


No official update on Ben Roethlisberger from the team, that won’t come until tomorrow, but the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport did provide us with some good news today.

He’s reporting Roethlisberger’s ankle injury “checked out ok,” and at worst, he suffered a sprain.


Roethlisberger made media waves yesterday after appearing for his post game press conference with a boot on his right ankle. He injured it on his final attempt when Cameron Wake fell on it, as you can see in the cover photo. Ben vowed to play this week against the Kansas City Chiefs and while that’s likely, there is now a question over if he’ll be limited in practice and his overall effectiveness on Sunday.

Again, Mike Tomlin should provide some sort of update tomorrow during his weekly Tuesday press conference. Tomlin did not mention Ben in his post-game injury report though Roethlisberger didn’t look too worse for wear coming off the field.

Tomlin will also certainly be asked about his decision to leave Roethlisberger in the game. I’d like to say I’m looking forward to that answer but Tomlin is generally dismissive about those things so don’t expect much of a reaction from him.

UPDATE (2:22 PM)

Roethlisberger told Ron Cook he is out of his boot. The injury was an aggravation of a previous foot injury.

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  • Michael James

    As expected. I’m sure he felt the pain, but with the way he was walking and even running around after the game, there was no chance this would be a significant injury. I’m pretty sure it won’t have any effect on Ben against KC.

  • pcantidote

    Doesn’t change the stupidity of putting him in that position.

  • pittfan

    with their pass rush, he needs all the mobility he can muster.
    MT et al will downplay the whole thing though,,

  • xXWARisHELLXx

    wow big if true

  • Matt Manzo

    I don’t know where I stand on the whole “should’ve taken him out” conversation?!
    I tend to believe that putting in back ups can lead to injuries, too. And Tomlins probably thinking that Ben’s smart enough to just throw it away.

  • Steel Tippin

    So uhh is everybody still ok with ben’s decison making? Hate to say i told you so but…

  • RickM

    If no MRI is needed, that’s great news. Some ice and elevation and a protective walking boot shouldn’t be a big deal. Then again it’s Ian Rappaport so I’ll wait to see when and if he practices. I wish the above picture could be canned so the moment could be forgotten a little; but I appreciate that it caught the pressure on the ankle.

  • steelersfan

    I’ve resigned myself to the fact that we’ll have to deal with this every year until Ben retires.

  • alevin16

    I just hope this ankle injury does not rob Ben of his blazing hot speed! ;D

  • srdan

    Yes, we have seen this aslmost as often as the scramble drill.

  • PaeperCup

    Good point about other injuries. A back qb might lead one of the WR over the middle right into a LB. I’m ok with Ben being in there, however I feel the play calling (and actions) could have been a bit more conservative.

  • aWaL

    Is it the same ankle he’s has issues with in the past? He’s tough as hell but that would concern me a little. Either way he’s playing. No doubt

  • Sam Clonch

    Lol, that would be a shame coming on the heals of one of his best rushing performances of the year!!!

  • capehouse

    How about a backup RB coming in and getting 2 yards on 2 carries and creating a 3rd and long situation? If Bell was taken out because of injury concerns then Ben should’ve been given the same consideration.

  • Sam Clonch

    Practice reports for KC are going to be very interesting. Justin Houston has only played 5 games all year, and missed the last 2. Combined with the loss of Derrick Johnson, LB is definitely NOT a strength for the Chiefs. Trying to minimize their great DBs, Bell could have a lot of success coming out of the backfield.

  • Steel Tippin

    Apparently not. Sorry, but Ben is absolutely terrible at micromanaging. It’s a level of ineptitude in both respects, ben and tomlin.

  • PaeperCup

    He will be used a lot. But remember the last time we played them we went straight for their strength with great success. Ben’s stat line 20/27 300 yards, 5 TDs. AB had two of those, going up against Peters.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    You mean Ben won’t run the option against the Chiefs?? Great. NOW what are we going to do?!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    In my honest opinion Ben was trying to end the game with an exclamation mark and that happened. Don’t have a problem with it and in fact go for it! I like aggressive. Shid watching Aaron Rodgers last night got me feeling some type of way. I want this group to go all the way! All or nothing!

  • PaeperCup

    We don’t know for sure that Bell was taken out because of injury concerns. At that point he had 29 carries for 160+ yards. They could have taken out because they don’t want to over work him.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    This is the same guy that played with fractures in his foot!

  • So everyone who was crying last night can dry their eyes and get their diapers changed.

    Can we finally move on to KC now?

  • PaeperCup

    Yeah, watching Rodgers on that final drive (3 minutes left) he wasn’t holding anything back. Scrambling, firing, running…He’s kinda a good QB. I don’t know if I’d want to face the Packers in the SB again, but would be a good rematch. I’d also like to see a Steelers-Cowboys rematch. Steelers-Anyone in the SB is fine with me.

  • John Noh

    Tell me you weren’t holding your breath like I was when he missed the hand off to Bell and stumbled for four yards on that broken play.

  • Since week 8, Rodgers has been good, no doubt. But without a running and all the injuries they have in their secondary, I don’t think they beat Dallas unless their rookies give the game away. They definitely wont beat Atlanta and their high flying offense.

    My SB match up has been the same for the last few weeks – Steelers – Falcons.

  • John Noh

    Our favorite guy recently, Terry Bradshaw, said that Ben in a walking boot was “no big deal” and that he wore it once in a while for precautionary measures himself to keep the swelling down and such. I knew Ben would be all right after hearing that.

  • That was a RPO and his first option wasn’t looking for the ball, with Suh bearing down on him, he took off the other way.

    It looked ugly but who knows what would have happened if the WR got his head around.

  • RickM

    Miami needed 3 scores, 2 successful onside kicks and three TD drives…all within 4 minutes. If you felt it was smart to pull Bell, you have the answer to your question. If you felt Bell should have stayed in, you also have your answer. The value of the 3 B’s is obvious and it’s pretty hard to argue that we can win a SB without one of them.

  • alevin16

    Yes that 4 yard scamper was like a blur 🙂

  • Yea, Tunch and Wolf talked about it today. Limiting the swelling (in any injury) in the first 24 hours will help it heal much faster.

    Paraphrasing Tunch – The walking boot will help prevent swelling and then when you get home, go the to freezer, get all your ice out of it and put it in a cooler and add some water, than stick your foot in the slush.

    I’m sure that’s what Ben did. He won’t miss any practice unless Tomlin gives him a vet day off on Wed.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I laughed to myself more than anything. A further reminder that, for all we have in Ben, he isn’t THAT guy.

  • capehouse

    Have you ever seen Tomlin take Bell out for fear of overworking him? No. Tomlin is known to run him into the ground.

  • There was 6 minutes when that drive started, there was 4 and a half when it ended. Your are changing the situation with your words to suit your means to an end.

  • PaeperCup

    depends on the circumstances of the game. We don’t have many blowouts.

  • pittfan

    Peters very aggro. feast or famine. lets feed him some double moves!!

  • VaDave

    Coates had one of those TDs against Peters if I remember correctly. As for running up the gut, Mr. Poe is a load to move. Best for us to attack the edge and make that load move for a while first. Run the counters. I’m interested in this weeks Haley’s wrinkle. Last game it was pulling Gillbert instead of DeCastro, because of Suh. That seemed to have cooled down Suh’s penchant for shooting gaps. Later on, Decastro was able to start pulling, see Bells last touchdown.

  • frednash

    That’s a good word
    Dismissive

  • capehouse

    Bell was benched with 4 mins to go in the Colts game for the same reason he was benched against the Dolphins yesterday. Because the game was over and you get your starters out for fear of injury. Guess who also was removed at that point against the Colts? Ben Roethlisberger, and Landry Jones came in. It was a 21 point lead compared to 18 against the Dolphins.

  • T R

    well I personal like ben to have a little something giving him pain cause he seems to take care of himself better..he is more amp to get rid of the ball and not scramble to much when he gotta lil hitch in his giggalong.. I mean I don’t want him limited movement but if he know his ankle tingling then he wont do nothing dumb.. well kinda. LOL

  • pittfan

    REport is Houston is back, lets see how effective he is..their LB corps is decimated though..

  • RickM

    Like many, I’ve had several ankle sprains from sports. So I actually have a similar high boot as a permanent fixture in the bedroom closet. You’re right, the boot reduces pressure on the ankle as you walk and when the boot is off you use ice and elevation to start. The sooner they can begin the electrotherapy and massage on the ankle the better obviously. I’ll be looking at his practice schedule and hoping for a full practice by Thursday.

  • T R

    boy looking at that pic again.. it really could been a bad break or tear there.. glad it wasn’t Suh like he thought it was.. situation would have been different..

  • VaDave

    A QB with a Hall of fame record along, with a head coach reaching 100 wins as fast as Lombardi, apparently they have no clue. You know, we have the luxury of sitting here on Monday in our houses or office, presumably warm instead of 3 hours exposed to 8 degree temps, not under a whole lot of stress second guessing guys that do what they did? We certainly have a lot of nerve. BTW, There is a school of thought that micromanagement can and often is counter productive.

  • You got lucky, Tomlin.

  • PaeperCup

    Didn’t Ben, up by a significant margin throw a TD pass in those late minutes?

  • T R

    aint that the truth.. people act like Ben and Tomlin has massive experience in blow out wins.. LOL

  • RickM

    The pass that is the center of the discussion was thrown with 4:36 or so left. Not going to debate whether the opposition can realistically score that many points in that amount of time as the answer is well-known. You are fine with throwing plays under those circumstances. I’m not. Let’s just leave it at that.

  • PaeperCup

    I love it when they change things up. Keeps the other team on their toes, and those games often result in incredible success. Like when Butler decided to use Timmons as a pass rusher.

  • VaDave

    Suh would have still nailed him. BTW, I’m not here to second guess, but looking at that picture, that could have been a lot worse outcome, and we certainly dodged a bullet.

  • Steel Tippin

    Regardless of what u say, it was a dumb move by tomlin to leave him out there and an even dumber move by ben to try be a hero when the game is already won. Both bad decisions that yielded bad results.

  • PaeperCup

    I think GB can take anyone. A GB Atlanta NFCCG would be awesome. Shootout.

  • As it has been pointed out, 3 of the championship teams of the past decade who played yesterday did the same exact thing. So there is a trend. I wonder if Packer and Seahawk fans are soar over their starters staying in the game throwing the ball up multiple scores, too. You know as well as I do Brady wouldn’t have come out of the game either.

  • PaeperCup

    This goes back to the Patriots comparison.. The Pats who do seem to have blowouts more frequently, don’t ever remove Brady. (actually one of the many reasons I despise them)

  • capehouse

    Steelers went up by 21 when Ben threw a TD to AB with 5:30 left in the 4th qtr. Next drive Ben, Bell and AB all came out of the game.

  • VaDave

    Of course it wasn’t. My point is we are human, and unless you are the second coming, I suspect you’ve had a few blunders that don’t look so hot after the fact. I know I have. So give these guys a break. It’s going to be ok.

  • hojo

    You mad?

  • PaeperCup

    OK so that final drive scoring drive happened about the same time this drive happened. Perhaps Tomlin did intend on removing all starters after this drive. The drive did start with 6 minutes or so left in the game as pointed.

  • VaDave

    A fine conclusion of another Steeler Nation Meltdown.

  • Mercury22

    He should be ,time for Tomlin to go!

  • capehouse

    Yes but we’re up by 3 scores when Bell comes out in both games. My point is that if Bell comes out then so should Ben because it puts Ben at more risk when his full compliment of weapons is not available.

  • PaeperCup

    Doesn’t seem likely, but you never know. However if what HPK is saying that the drive started with 6 minutes, and you are arguing that the pass happened at 4.5 minutes, the counter-argument is that it is extremely rare that QBs are pulled in the middle of a drive. Thing is, I’m not convinced that a few here wouldn’t be upset if Ben got hurt at the 9 minute mark. Where is that point that you decide to sit them? For all we know it was planned that this drive was going to be the last for the starters.

  • PaeperCup

    It’s a valid argument. But I don’t look at RBs and QBs the same way. RBs take a beating, he already carried the ball 30 times up until then. QBs are relatively protected, especially in this game where Ben rarely saw the turf.

  • RickM

    It’s impossible to be O.K. with either Ben’s decision-making or the decision-making of the coaches who did not order him to simply hand off. All involved had major brain cramps knowing Wake and Suh were on the other side of the ball.

  • hojo

    He should be mad that Ben’s ankle’s are OK? Dude…

  • T R

    yea I remmemeber when teams usta be mad at them running the score up on teams. lol

  • StillersInThe6

    2 scores is much different than 3 scores, at that stage of the game. Let’s all just call a spade a spade, it was a very foolish decision on both Ben and Tomlin’s part and regardless of how small it may affect KC’s game, it likely has/will to some degree.

  • StolenUpVotes

    *Ben

  • StillersInThe6

    You would never see Tom Brady scrambling around like the play Ben did and got tackled hard from behind (Wake) landing on his shoulder. Ben has lapses obviously that you don’t have to worry about Brady having. Throw the ball away, I don’t care if you’re inside the pocket and get flagged..

  • StillersInThe6

    Semantics at that point HPK – 3 scores is more than enough comfort to take out your indispensable pieces with 6 min left in the game. It should not even be argued.

  • StillersInThe6

    As I mentioned in response to someone else, Brady and Ben aren’t equivalent between the ears. Brady would never have scrambled around from Wake and risk injury on that play, he would get the ball out quick to first read or throw away (risking a flag, but not injury).

  • pdupuis

    Ben suffered a sprain, an unnecessary sprain at that!

  • pdupuis

    We have one lucky QB after looking at that photo.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think our defense is good enough to face him this time around. I wouldn’t mind it at all!

  • RickM

    Boy are you ever right. I held my breath until the camera went back to him to see if he got up. An ankle getting trapped like that is often bad news. We dodged one. Glad the docs were cautious with the boot and MRI. I don’t know if that means he practices fully right away or not. Hope so.

  • Steel Tippin

    There’s a difference between honest mistakes and being stupid, this was stupid. My point is that we’re in the playoffs and u have the 2 most important leaders of the team both make terrible decisions, although i blame ben more than tomlin. In that situation micromanagement is key. Im not saying to do it the whole game. Little things like throwing the ball away, avoiding taking a hit when the game is virtually decided. With ben it’s always, “I gotta make a play” and more often than not it’s led to him getting hurt, throwing gimme ints or both.It’s just troubling that’s all, they just need to be smarter (ben in particular) or we’re going home early.

  • PaeperCup

    And Rodgers? Different team, yeah, but he was lumped in the conversation as well. Wouldn’t a sack be the better play though, take the sack, keep the clock running. A toss out of bounds still poses the same risk

  • RickM

    We all know that Landry could have handed off on the first two plays to run the clock down into the 4:30’s. As for Ben being pulled with 9 minutes left, three scores are unlikely but definitely possible. An 18 point lead isn’t a lock in any game with that amount of time left. With 4:30 minutes left, the fat lady has sung and left the stadium.

    There are two main issues here and one is being obscured. Leave your QB in, fine. But do not ask him to throw a meaningless pass with 4:30 seconds left, especially knowing what the Steelers did to Moore. It was an incredibly stupid play call by guys who are paid to know better.

  • Don

    No clarification of “aggravation of a previous foot injury”? I read elsewhere that the previous injury was the foot fracture. Apparently (?) the aggravation of it comes short of re-fracturing it, but I’m hoping for some more information.

  • StillersInThe6

    What risk are you referring to exactly? I’m only speaking on the injury/health risk of our franchise pieces. How would taking a sack be better/lower risk than simply throwing the ball out of bounds if you see any sense of pressure or first read is covered, etc.?

  • Jay Clam 2021

    Good news on the updates

  • WilliamSekinger

    OK, again I’m no doctor. But, the fracture of the foot Ben suffered leaves behind scar tissue. This scar tissue if moved may become inflamed or even slightly tear. I think this is what he means when he says he re-aggravated a foot fracture.

  • PaeperCup

    Risk of injury. Whether that pass was going out of bounds or to a receiver (or a defender as it was), he gets hit. Throwing it earlier obviously would be ideal, but you are still dealing with a pass rush. Intentionally taking a sack, where you can protect yourself as opposed to leaving your self open when passing.

  • RickM

    Good point. I have to admit I noticed that the “will play” has been changed overnight to “should play”. Hopefully that word change is meaningless.

  • Donte Williams

    and you are comparing a mid season game to a playoff game stop it capehouse stop it

  • PaeperCup

    I’ve already mentioned that I am ok with him being in, but not thrilled about the plays being called. So we are on the same page there. Passes are ok too, but gotta be quick, effective, and safe. WR screens or quick slants. Plays that would not allow him to run around like he did. The things we love him for also raise our blood pressure.

  • StillersInThe6

    PC, obviously when he threw that pass it was way too late. He already goofed. I’m saying *IF* you want to risk pass in that situation and go for the throat instead of running time off clock and punting (you DO have a 3 score lead…), then the obvious argument is snap ball look for 1st read quick, if it’s not there you throw ball away. You can obviously do that before any pass rush gets to you, which would be the idea.

  • PaeperCup

    yes it was. All on Ben there. I do think the play call in general was not great on that drive. I’m ok with Ben being in, I’m more upset about the play calling that might encourage him to dance around. But is what it is. Ben being Ben. We often say that in good times as well as bad it seems.

  • Xclewsive

    True Steelers fan just kept it moving and let the others talk aloud!!

  • RickM

    Incomplete passes stop the clock. You simply don’t call passes with an 18 point lead and just under 5 minutes left. On 3rd down you run. Miami either uses its second timeout (likely) or lets the clock run and then gets the ball back with about 3:45 left. Sorry but any pass in that situation is not smart situational football. You risk an INT or stopping the clock, no matter how short the pass is.

  • StillersInThe6

    I’m up there with any fan of Ben, I have his jersey even. You can’t be a die-hard Steelers fan and not love/respect what he’s done for us. Nothing will take that away, ever. But yeah I put blame on all parties involved. Tomlin for having him out there, and Ben for not being smarter given the coach put trust in him to be smart. I don’t think it’s any one person’s fault, but I would have to think if they could hit the rewind button now that this has happened, they would all act much differently in that situation. But yeah, is what it is – I’m still confident in Ben going into KC and giving us a great shot to move on.

  • Zib Hammad

    OK, so the guy has the instincts of a winner, never give up, never admit defeat while there is still possibility of coming back. In the second or two while we sat watching this transpire on our TV’s, he was dodging guys trying to take him out and making the decision to extend the play and try to continue the drive. In retrospect, he should have thrown it away, but in real-time, his instincts prevailed. I’ll let that guy lead my team every time.

  • PaeperCup

    Same here. We finally have the 3 “B”s healthy. This is our best chance to get it done.

  • Steel Tippin

    I’m not saying i don’t want he gut, I’m saying, he’s a 13 yr vet. He should know better and be able to check his instincts by now. I can’t make excuses for him anymore, he has the best o-line of his career but continues to make flat out dumb decisions. Guess you’ll have to throw ben in that category too, but as long as we’re winning I’m cool.

  • will

    Is this the “old” foot fracture that Cowher said that he never had?

  • will

    Guess this was one of the examples that exemplifies why Bradshaw doesn’t think Tomlin is a great coach!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Hoping he’s saving all these ortho devices he’ll need all of them later in life for all these old injuries

  • Steel Tippin

    Other than the cheerleader part I agree,i think he’s a good coach, not great. He’s had a hof qb his whole career. Once ben retires we’ll truly see if he’s great or not.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I don’t get all this Ben should have been taken out of the game. A lot of short memories here. I still remember the Raider game with Steelers scoring a touchdown to go up 28-14 with 5 minutes left in game. It was a great Steelers defense, a lot better than this year’s but snake Stabler leads to the Raiders to 17 points in those last 5 minutes to win the game 31-28. Yesterday, Ben’s penultimate play was at 4:34 left too play. Absolutely he should have been in there.

    Nobody is questioning Mike McCarthy for having Aaron Rogers throwing hail Mary’s when they had a larger lead.

  • PaeperCup

    Can that argument be made for Bellicheck? Bill Walsh? Jimmy Johnson?

  • PaeperCup

    Remember when the Steelers put up 23 points in under 3 minutes against Houston a couple years ago. Haha, not likely something like that would happen again, but honestly it wasn’t stupid or smart to leave him in. It was just playing football, playing to win. I still think he would have been pulled if they scored on that drive. Heck, it’s highly possible that he would have sat right after that drive. But at 6 minutes left, he was still in the game….No one would have even batted an eye at it if not for that one picture of him in a walking boot.

  • pittfan

    a dab less certain, eh?

  • Steel Tippin

    Honestly, I can only speak on bellicheck, he’s shown to be a great coach with or without brady at the helm. There’s no arguing, however with Tomlin it’s questionable. His record against below .500 teams isn’t a good indication of greatness. Also the team is a reflection of the head coach and we haven’t been great for some time now.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Agree; another score would have made it a 4 instead of 3 score margin and probably less than 4 minutes to play.

    Now if Ben was back to pass with 15 seconds left instead of kneeling; I would be screaming along with everyone else.

  • PaeperCup

    And his record against above .500? If he has a rubbish record against bad teams, but still has a good positive record, that would leave us to believe his record against tough opponents is solid. If we are ready to condemn him for one stat, why not praise him for the other? And what do you mean we haven’t been great for some time? We are a regular playoff contender, Tomlin has never had a losing season, he’s reached 100 wins faster than Cowher did. Only the ninth coach ever to do it in their first 10 years of coaching. They are heading to the divisional round for the second consecutive year. I won’t say these are all arguments that make him great, but facts that shouldn’t be looked over.

  • RickM

    Why do people keep ignoring Ben’s injury history? It’s like it doesn’t exist and comparing his durability to Rodgers who has played in 32 of 32 starts in 2015 and 2016 makes no sense.

    As long as you feel Tomlin was wrong to pull Bell I respect your viewpoint. If you feel it was right to pull Le’Veon however, you’re contradicting your own argument. And before you answer, Ben had far more injuries the last two years than Bell.

  • PaeperCup

    I personally don’t like treating Ben as if he’s a glass man.

  • RickM

    That ignores the question.

  • PaeperCup

    Ok, how about that the oline has been playing lights out and has kept Ben protected and upright all game.

  • RickM

    As we learned, all it takes is one play. So your answer then is it was wise to take Bell out, even though there was time for Miami to get 3 scores. O.K. Just trying to understand the thought process. The last word is yours.

  • Jakob

    Every other coach of the winning playoff teams this weekend did the exact same thing. Rodgers, Wilson, and Osweiler all played through to the end even though they weren’t in any danger of losing

  • Jakob

    Looks like all the stay-at-home doctors and coaches on these boards were wrong yet again

  • RickM

    For a very paranoid fan (me), a “dab” is a good description. I hope we are celebrating his full return to pratice Wednesday or Thursday as it will be quite a game.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    As long as there any chance of a comeback – Ben is my quarterback in there if he is healthy enough to play – not the back-up.

  • Jakob

    Seems to happen on a weekly basis nowadays

  • PaeperCup

    We know this debate will go on forever, and will always linger over Tomlin like every decision he’s made has, good or bad. I didn’t expect them to take either player out at THAT point. With Bell, I personally don’t see it on an equal plane since the RB takes a beating much more than the QB. As I mentioned the oline did a good job for Ben, the trend of the game might have us believe that he would not be touched on that drive. But like you said it just takes one play. That play could happen at any moment. Even when taking the knee at the end of a half…but we are always ok sending out the starters to do that. And which they did to close out the game. To me, it’s not that surprising he was in the game at THAT point. 6-4 minutes left…lots of time. Had he played a full drive following that one, if it was under 2 minutes, then it’s more questionable. This one is more on the fence, which is why I believe it will continue to have apologists on both sides.

    Nothing wrong with healthy debate though.

  • I get it I’m not part of the hive mind on this one. Neither way is right or wrong, it’s just what each of us would do if it were up to us. The game was won, Let’s move on to KC.

  • RickM

    Could you please answer the question asked.

  • Steel Tippin

    Lol u basically said the same thing I just said. He’s a good coach,not bad, but great? Questionable at best.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    This may sound crazy (because it is):

    I am not as worried about BBs availability as much because the OL looked so GOOD!!

    KCs run D is so-so (which surprised me) so lotsa 26! So BB should be OK for another 18 throws along with another stellar Steeler running game. Please just no TOS this week!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Probably on a pitch count because it IS his first game back!

  • PaeperCup

    We can agree he’s good, but seems like you lean more towards the bad side of good, especially if you consider him”questionable. I think he’s pointing towards Great, while good.

  • Steel Tippin

    He’s good but consistently has underachieved recently. He’ll get that title from me when he wins another sb with ben.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The week before the game had no bearing on the playoffs. Your lack of understanding of that basic fact is laughable. This was a playoff game that was still not decided. The drive began with 6 minutes to go with a 3 score difference. As I laid out – a great Steelers defense gave up 3 scores in less than 5 minutes to lose before.

    Tomlin did the right thing; he did put DeAngelo Williams in but unfortunately did not deliver a first down. Appreciate his confidence in him but given the circumstances going for a first down was prudent given the time left in the game.

  • pittfan

    Hopefully. Dudes a beast

  • Sam

    Did you see Aaron Rodgers still in at the end of a blowout? Nobody is complaining about their coach. Give me a freakin break. Just sayin!

  • Rocksolid20

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha on and on .

  • Rocksolid20

    I’m just hoping these same responders , come Sunday night aren’t writing in and saying . Man if Ben had just been a little more mobile . We could have beaten the Chiefs .

  • Tomlin is the one who let him stay in the game when it was OVER. That was stupid.

  • Mad? No, but I do SMH at some of the decision making by Tomlin.

  • heath miller

    i posted earlier today and said it was stipid to have ben in with an 18 point lead in the fourth QT .. 18 my friend is lots different than a 14 point lead.. 14 points is 2 scores.. 18 is 3 and thats with 2 2 point conversions.. and you said nobody is questioning mccarth for having rogers in when it was 38- 13… if you read my same post about ben in too long .. i sure questioned why rogers waas in there.. tomlin was an idiot and so was MM .. i almost thought ben should fake an injuty to go out of the game since tomlin wasnt smart enough to pull him .. i mean you rest all the guys last week a full game and cant take then out in th 4th quarter .. makes no sense at all to me .. and bell? we got D will and fitz .. and we need bell so bad this week against KCs poor run D … and hes still in there running an we are up 18 points against a cold, demoralized team with a BACKUP QB that probable has a concussion.. he couldnt have score 18 points it they were still playing monday night .. just plain stupid.. how can tomlin be so good at some things and just plain stupid in other ways .. 83 tag team

  • RickM

    I tried to be polite saying I didn’t understand the thought process (Bell-Ben), but that was my issue. But the gloves appear off. What’s laughable is that you ignore your Bell – Roethlisberger inconsistency. You either want the starters in to score more points and control the clock…or you don’t. You want it both ways with Bell (removed) and Ben (left in) even though it contradicts what you’re arguing. I.E the game is not over.

    As for your suggestion below that 25 points (4 scores) are necessary to feel totally comfortable with four minutes left, not sure what to say about that one. I could write what I’m thinking, but it’s better that I don’t.

  • Ben could have compound fracture and he’d still say he was fine. This is the playoffs with A.B. and Bell both healthy and our defense kicking ass. No way he’ll miss an attempt at another super bowl here. Bottom line is, Tomlin should have told him to sit when the game was already won. A head coach needs to make these types of decisions for players at certain times.

  • RickM

    They’ll just lay it all on Ben for scrambling. No blame on Tomlin or Haley.

  • pcantidote

    Green Bay was wrong too. Nothing to gain, everything to lose. Just stupid.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Point being is that the 1976 Steelers defense; considered one of the best; if not the best in Steelers history gave up 3 scores (17 points) in less than 5 minutes.

    While not likely; Miami needed 3 scores to tie or even beat the Steelers. Again, not -playing the B’s & Pouncey for a regular season game that could not change the seeding was prudent. Just as keeping your starting quarterback in the game with 6 minutes and the game not out of reach was prudent.

    Tomlin would have looked very stupid if Ben was sitting on the bench with 6 minutes left in the game and the Dolphins made a comeback as the Raiders did back in 1976.

  • pcantidote

    Miami hadn’t stopped the run all day. At least make them stop the run first before you put your franchise in jeopardy.

  • Mister Wirez

    It’s on Ben. Period. Throw it away and punt, thus pinning the fishsticks deep inside their own territory.

    But Noooo…. Ben HAD to scramble, AND get hurt, AND throw a pick. The worst of any and all decisions, Tomlin’s to keep in in included.

    Ultimately they got the ball much closer than a punt anyway, and Ben’s still hurt.

    Sorry, It’s on Ben. (He could have also called an audible to a running play.)

  • Mister Wirez

    You forgot the /s

  • Steeler-Drew

    I forget where but I heard or read a report that Ben may have called an audible to a pass play. Until of course someone asked DeCastro today who said it was a pass play. I agree Ben should share some blame but he has said time and time again he only knows how to play one way. Tomlin knows this but still allows a pass play. And for those who think the game was not over at that point, well that’s just plain ridiculous.

  • Nope. Season is over and it’s all Tomlin’s fault

  • RickM

    I wondered about that, thinking it might have been an audible. But obviously Haley lost his mind as well. He knows the only way Ben plays as you point out. A run play would have forced a second timeout and we would have then pinned them down inside their 20 with one time out and four minutes to go. Three scores? Yes that’s plenty realistic lol.

    But how do you debate with people who cite exceptions from 40 years ago? Common football sense and knowledge of the time needed to run plays – nevermind the need to recover two onside kicks – disappear because a head coach can’t be rightfully blamed along with the QB. I’m still concerned about Ben by the way. That picture of the weight coming onto his bended leg and ankle is concerning. I hope we are getting the straight goods from him as it should be quite the game if Ben isn’t hampered.

  • RickM

    If Haley calls a run as almost all OC’s would do to bleed the clock with an 18 point lead, there is no scramble. But of course that fact is ignored. Better to blame the guy who ran the play called from the sideline. And please don’t tell me about the scrambling or Ben could have changed the play. Explain why the Offensive Coordinator – the guy responsible for sending in the plays – wanted his QB to drop back and pass with an 18 point lead knowing Wake and Suh would be rushing. Just explain Haley’s decision and why he does not share the blame.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Same here about Ben. He needs to be at 100%. We have seen how he has played when he is anything less than that. It could be the difference in the game. I hope it doesn’t but it’s only a matter of time before decisions like this comes back to bite you. If he is only playing at 80-90% it could be this week.

    As for the defend Tomlin at all cost, it’s starting to become a real turn off. I enjoy coming on this site to read the articles and comments but it’s becoming tougher when people show a clear bias and can’t be objective. I listened to the podcast and both Dave’s agreed it was a poor decision to keep Ben in there. I listened to sports radio today and all 6 announcers agreed Ben should have been taken out of the game. Some went as far as to say there is just no defending it or excuse for it. I have talked to friends who all agreed he should have been taken out of the game. But yet you read the comments sections in the various articles and it seems like half of the fan base either absolves Tomlin completely or places more of the blame on Ben. It’s just ridiculous. Of course all three deserve some blame but Tomlin deserves the most by Ben being out there in the first place and allowing a pass play to be called. I’m ready to move on and I hope Ben is 100% for what you say should be a great game.

  • John Pennington

    Why does Tomlin keep putting his core players in danger when the game was won this doesn’t make any sense and he always gives a BS answer when ask well hope the reporters do their job and ask him again and while their at it ask him why our kickreturners can’t do their job and why Ayers and Gilbert can’t get a chance to return kicks.Cant do no worse than what’s going on now.

  • RickM

    Well said. This is my final night of commenting on it. But I too find it a real turn-off when guys who know football sell their logic to defend a guy. We all know Tomlin could have pulled Ben, or he could have left him in and ordered nothing but the expected runs to protect Ben and bleed the clock. Pretending 18 points wasn’t enough with just over 4 minutes left is a joke. Ben could have even been returned to the game if need be. Night.

  • Petherson Silveira

    Tough Diva. LOL

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    They ran the ball on 1st and 2nd downs that drive and gained 2 yards. It was a 3rd and 8 play.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Not really.

  • Yeah, really.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Nope

  • YEAH, REALLY.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Nope