Uncertainty Of Rib Injury What Kept Roethlisberger Out In Second Half

Ben says an old X-Ray machine couldn't give doctors conclusive details

The Cook & Joe Show
December 11, 2018 - 11:22 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he's “still pretty sore,” but is feeling better every day and plans to play on Sunday.

On the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show Tuesday, Ben addressed why he didn’t get right back into the game after returning to the field against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, December 9th. After a sack late in the first half, Roethlisberger said it felt like he had the wind knocked out of him and the feeling didn’t go away but adrenaline kicked in and he was able to finish the half.

Roethlisberger said the X-ray machine that was used to check his ribs was really old and team doctors couldn’t see anything conclusive, adding “by the time we got back to our locker room the team was already on the field that’s how long it took to get an X-ray.”

He said before he even got his shoulder pads on, backup quarterback Josh Dobbs had already completed a series.

Team physician Dr. James Bradley told Roethlisberger it could be “one of three or four things” and he didn’t learn of what the injury actual was until he had an MRI done Monday.

With the injury being unknown, the Steelers were afraid to put Roethlisberger back in.

“The team, and when I say the team its (General Manager Kevin) Colbert, it’s everybody, was kind of like, ‘let’s let this things play out’ because I think it was still the unknown of the injury. I think what they were probably worried about was making it worse because we didn’t know what the injury was,” said Roethlisberger. “You want to play unless you think you’re going to hurt your team."

Roethlisberger says he returned to the field for an emergency situation and/or to give Dobbs advice if he wanted.

According to Roethlisberger, it was a wait and see situation because they didn’t know how bad the injury was.

After throwing a couple of footballs, Roethlisberger said he talked to coach Mike Tomlin. “He asked how I was doing and I said, ‘I’m alright, I’ll give you everything I’ve got.' He said ‘let’s wait and see how this thing plays out’ and I think that was the decision the team had made. I don’t remember the exact specific play but coach and I were having communications. I was just trying to stay loose and threw a couple times and I told him ‘I’ll go if you need me to.’”

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