Foster On Ben's Availability: 'Nobody Knew Anything'

The offense was kept in the dark on the QB's status as well

Matt Koll
December 11, 2018 - 10:40 am
Mike Tomlin & Ben Roethlisberger

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Steelers guard Ramon Foster joined The Fan Morning Show in his weekly spot on Tuesday at 8:00 am and said that the offense was as clueless as anyone else in what Ben Roethlisberger's health and availability was during the second half of the Steelers eventual loss to the Raiders. 

"Nobody knew anything. We saw Joshua warming up and were like 'maybe something's going on, maybe it's just a series.' That's all we knew. Nobody communicated anything. We were looking through the tunnel also," said Foster. "There was no communication which is kind of proper anyway until after the fact." 

Foster did think that Ben was at least eligible to come back into the game when he saw him standing on the sidelines with a ball cap on but didn't know his official status. 

Foster thinks Roethlisberger can, in fact, check himself back into a game when he sees fit but...it's complicated. 

"I think [it would be Ben's call] but you know the way the league is now, the medical staff has to review you and there's also a doctor upstairs that's monitoring everything going on," said Foster. 

"[With] the position of a quarterback and its relationship to the organization, that's the most important position on the team. If a guy has an injury, you don't want to just throw him back out there when he's wounded. That's between coach T (Tomlin), the medical staff and the NFL doctors."

If Ben Roethlisberger was purposefully held out of the game due to injury and preservation, Foster doesn't see a problem with it. 

"I think it's smart. The thing is, we should have been more than capable to do what we wanted to either way. We kind of dropped the ball as a team on that. If the decision was made after the fact of being able to put 7 in the game when he could have been earlier, then that's something that everybody has to answer to. Nobody's perfect in this. This is a dangerous game. To put a guy out there that's less than ready, especially at that position where hits can be taken on every play, then you'd have to answer for that later, too." 

Foster believes that this recent adversity may be a good thing for the team in getting them to "wake up" and says they are in "fight mode" right now. 

You can hear the entire interview with Ramon Foster on The Fan Morning Show below.       

 

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