Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his right foot late in Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins but all signs continue to point to him being ready to play in the Divisional Round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
During his Tuesday morning interview on 93.7 The Fan, Roethlisberger indicated that he wore the boot after the game against the Dolphins for precautionary reasons after having x-rays performed on his foot. The Steelers quarterback said he’s also since undergone on MRI.
“I’m doing well,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday. “I feel it obviously today, but like I said, I’m walking around without a boot and I’ll be ready to go.”
Roethlisberger went on to say that he expects to practice on Thursday and Friday after getting his normal day off on Wednesday.
As for Roethlisberger still being in the game late against the Dolphins with the Steelers leading big, the quarterback said that’s not his call to make.
“I’ll never go to coach and say ‘Hey, take me out.’ I stay in the game and fight with my guys,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s the boss, he tells me to come out and sometimes I may fight him on it and say I want to stay in the game, but sometimes I’ll just listen to him and come on out of the game. So really, it’s his call, not much I can do about that.”
Roethlisberger went on to talk about the pass play that he was injured on as well.
“Coach Haley called a pass play, we had a pretty good play called,” Roethlisberger said. “Hindsight always is what it is, should we have ran it, could we have done this, could we have done that? Potentially, yes. We also had a receiver, a young receiver, not run the proper route, and if he would have ran the proper route, the ball probably could have come out of my hand quicker because he would have been open, and it wouldn’t have happened. That being said, I’m not injured, I’m fine, I’ll be ready to go, and we move on.”
This is great news and it appears Roethlisberger and the Steelers dodged a huge bullet. With that said, you can expect head coach Mike Tomlin to be asked about his decision to leave the quarterback in the game Sunday when he holds his weekly Tuesday press conference.