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ASSOCIATED PRESS IMPLIES THAT BIG BEN IS FULL OF IT

The controversy regarding whether and to what extent Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played Super Bowl XLIII with a rib injury continues to churn.
With Roethlisberger claiming that an MRI conducted last week revealed that he had two broken ribs, the Associated Press chimes in with an article that seems to be written under the assumption that Roethlisberger is, well, lying.  (Or, at best, embellishing.  Like a drama queen might do.)
The AP item initially parrots what Ben told Peter King of SI.com, and then offers a predictable, self-serving denial from Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett.
There’s not a whole lot to say,” Lockett said.  “Ben was fine to go.  He was cleared to play.  He didn’t miss any [practice] time.  There was no doubt he was going to play.”  (By the way, Dave, we’re still waiting for a response to our question about whether Roethlisberger underwent an X-ray the Wednesday before the Super Bowl.  No rush.)
Then, without evidence of any attempt to contact Roethlisberger for a reaction to Lockett’s adroitly evasive sound bite, the AP item reads more like something that would have been generated not by an independent, impartial media company, but by Lockett himself.
“Roethlisberger did not mention any possible injury during postgame interviews,” the AP asserts.  “It is uncertain if the validity of Roethlisberger’s claim will be proven.”
Huh?  So the guy with the broken ribs — who underwent an MRI showing that he has broken ribs — is presumed to be lying?
Making the AP item even more curious is the fact that it overlooks the report from Andrea Kremer of NBC that Roethlisberger had admitted having an X-ray “somewhere.”
Of course, why let the admissions of the injured player to get in the way of what appears, quite frankly, to be an effort to cover for the posibility that the organization lied about its knowledge of Roethlisberger’s condition, presumably in order to keep the Cardinals from realizing the potential benefits of taking a 15-yard penalty for a late hit to Roethlisberger’s midsection?
Look, this isn’t about whether Ben was “fine to go” or “cleared to play” or whether he missed practice time or whether there was any doubt he was going to play.  This is about whether Roethlisberger had broken ribs, whether the team knew or should have known about his condition, and whether the team misrepresented the facts to the media and to the league.

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  1. VBG says: Feb 9, 2009 9:33 PM

    It would probably be better for the Steelers if he was just being a Drag… err Drama Queen and was lying about broken ribs.
    Otherwise they lied about the injury and could now bring the “Ire of Goodell” down upon them.
    Just seems to me that the guy has a big mouth and the team shoudl fine him for talking. How does it help the franchise for him to tell the world that the team hides injuries in violation of league rules?

  2. superius says: Feb 9, 2009 9:34 PM

    Sounds to me as if the Steelers were cheating!!😀

  3. BringingTheWood says: Feb 9, 2009 9:37 PM

    yeah and warner has a bad hip, but was he on the injury report? Non-Story

  4. neutral_like_sweden says: Feb 9, 2009 9:41 PM

    Well put, Florio.

  5. Walrus says: Feb 9, 2009 9:55 PM

    If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there, was there really a tree?

  6. GIANTS8690 says: Feb 9, 2009 9:56 PM

    Hey Florio,
    Just shut up already. The article went through Ben’s long history of fibbing about injuries. Who cares about your stupid scoop that Ben had an MRI the week of the Super Bowl? This story is about an MRI AFTER the Super Bowl, you stupid moron. Maybe if you would just start reporting about football instead of these side dramas your website might be milidly entertaining again. However, you choose to worry chime in now about some reporter who made a joke about Marinelli (and then avoided when Marinelli made a sexist comment a month later), about some plagerism by one reporter we never heard of from some other reporter we never heard of, and whether Big BEn had an MRI? The Steelers said he was fine to go, and you know what Florio he was. Wasn’t him who led the Steelers down the field to a Super Bowl title. OR was that some imposter wearing number #7 while the real Ben was at some Tampa hospital secretly getting an MRI. Just talk about what goes on between the goal posts genius. ok

  7. lichnor says: Feb 9, 2009 10:03 PM

    You hear that? Do you hear that? Hate for the Steelers, son. Nothing
    else in the world sounds like that. I love the sound of Steelers hate
    in the morning. You know, one time we had a website bombed, for
    twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn’t
    find one of ’em, not one stinkin’ dink body. The sound, you know
    that vitriol sound, the whole website. Sounded like – victory.

  8. JetsTakeOff says: Feb 9, 2009 10:05 PM

    As if this is the first time Roethlisberger has promoted his “injuries” to make himself seem the hero.

  9. JPeezy55 says: Feb 9, 2009 10:10 PM

    Florio, if you read your own blog you’d know the X-rays before the SB showed no broken ribs, but the MRI after the SB did show some slight fractures….
    Do the math, Ben was medically cleared and X-rays showed no breaks before the game. Ben still felt discomfort and got an MRI after the game which revealed the injury.
    What is so hard to follow????

  10. PurpleNGold says: Feb 9, 2009 10:11 PM

    protecting himself –
    hiding painful broken ribs.
    I would have done it.

  11. goin4the6pack says: Feb 9, 2009 10:11 PM

    This is nothing new for Roethlisberger. In 2004, he said he had broken toes in the Playoff loss to New England. Cowher denied that report too. In a regular season game in 2006 he told NBC that he had a 105 degree temperature. Turns out itwas only 100.5. I’am a Big Ben fan, but it seems like he needs a built in excuse in case he plays badly. Which is strange because hes been really sucessful in his career. Must be a mental thing. He’s a diva that is for sure.

  12. whit09 says: Feb 9, 2009 10:11 PM

    1. Who really thought that Roethlisberger was 100% healthy in this year’s playoffs?
    2. What team doesn’t misrepresent their injury reports [looks at a certain New England coach that is notorious for doing this]
    3. In any case, does an extensive injury report really protect players who must start while injured? My guess is no.

  13. Ralph GreNader says: Feb 9, 2009 10:12 PM

    Roethlisberger is a freakin’Gine.’
    sincerely,
    A Windshield

  14. GIANTS8690 says: Feb 9, 2009 10:14 PM

    One more thing
    So by your logic the Steelers who said a player was ready to go and played, should be penalized or criticized because they withheld and MRI that did not threaten the players availability so that the other team can get information and NOW BREAK THE RULES TO PUT HIM OUT OF THE GAME. HOW FREAKING STUPID ARE YOU FLORIO?
    IF BIG BEN GOES TO THE DENTIST AND HAS A CAVITY SHOULD THE STEELERS REPORT THAT SO A PERSON COULD STICK THEIR FIST IN HIS MOUTH DURING THE GAME?

  15. Dan Dizzle says: Feb 9, 2009 10:28 PM

    I hear a lot of criticism about players playing soon after suffering a concussion, but what about players playing with broken ribs? Shouldn’t the NFL look into discouraging teams who let players play with such conditions?

  16. urabozoo says: Feb 9, 2009 10:32 PM

    Come on, its the AP. They stopped being real journalist years ago.

  17. Ravenmaniac says: Feb 9, 2009 10:32 PM

    Is it me or are these responses devoid of all that defend Ben (ie: Steelers fans)
    As I have said before…the guy is an escape artist and a capable QB, but he is the biggest Diva and “Look at me” player there has ever been in the league. It is a shame that he can not go out and have a last 2 minutes like he did in the SB and just shut up about it and not have to try and be the hero.
    You could almost see this coming with SanDoobie-oh Holmes getting all of the attention with that catch.
    Even Hines Ward must have been smiling with that hit Nakamura put on Ben in the AFC Championship game….

  18. Frank Burns says: Feb 9, 2009 10:51 PM

    No, it’s definitely you, Ravenmoronic.
    Repeat after me, Einsteins: we’re talking about TWO separate tests here, one before (X-ray) and one after (MRI). Which means a) the X-Ray could have tested negative, meaning the Steelers didn’t misrepresent anything, and b) there’s a chance that the MRI did find something, maybe even something aggravated by contact! Meaning Ben might still know something the Steeler organization didn’t. Oh, isn’t that hard to figure out?
    Nice job bragging about a spear there, buddy, which is what caused all this “drama” in the first place. So why whine about it — it’s YOUR team that’s responsible.
    Now if Ben had walked out, with say, a fresh new sling on his arm, I’d be all over him.

  19. cincykid says: Feb 9, 2009 10:55 PM

    Here we go again. This guy is such a narcicist. As if winning a second super bowl by the time your 27 isn’t enough, the guy has to play Rocky and lie about how tough he is. Look, I’m not doubting that this guy is a quality player but man just shut you mouth and enjoy your championship. Its ashame its not enough for Gentle Ben. As long as he doesn’t forget that his defense stood on its head and Santurdio turned into Jerry Rice which more or less won him the chip this year.

  20. grs27 says: Feb 9, 2009 10:55 PM

    I’m not exactly sure what is wrng here.
    * The team reported acurately what his practice status was.
    * If Ben had some discomfort in his ribs, it makes A LOT of sense not to advertise the fact to the press and the other team. Unles you were born yesterday, you know that defenses would hit him in the ribs after every play, trying to get him out of the game.
    * It sounds like it was an MRI after the gamethat revealed the damage, and not the xray before.
    * Lastly, and this is the saddest, is that Florio is turning a once great website into a gossip/National Enquiry site for men. Appealing to sensationalist news rather then football related rumors/stories. Are you trying to appeal to women here?

  21. kurt37 says: Feb 9, 2009 11:03 PM

    ever think that his ribs were fine b4 the game, maybe sore a bit, but were broken during the superbowl ? just a thought.

  22. The Scribe says: Feb 9, 2009 11:12 PM

    Big Ben is a big douchebag.

  23. Ravenmaniac says: Feb 9, 2009 11:12 PM

    Frank, Call me what you want…your QB is a drama queen always looking for attention. Alot like you!
    I will repeat myself again Frank because you never answer…ever been to a Steelers game or even a pro football game???? I doubt it..

  24. tdeck39 says: Feb 9, 2009 11:18 PM

    Yep, Ben is the only player in the NFL to ever talk about his injuries….especially when he’s asked a question by the media.

  25. ButchD says: Feb 9, 2009 11:18 PM

    I cant even read all these. Anyone with any amount of common sense can tell that, yes, Ben had an x-ray, and that nothing was broken. The Steelers arent going to lie about him having broken ribs. They are trying to say as little as possible, trying help Ben not make himself look silly, again.

  26. savocabol1 says: Feb 9, 2009 11:19 PM

    any article that calls benny a drama queen is a good one.

  27. brauneyz says: Feb 9, 2009 11:25 PM

    Not to pick nits here, but an X-ray shows broken bones, not an MRI, which shows soft tissue damage. That’s what they use to discover tears in ACL’s, MCL’s, labrums, etc. Something a little hinky here.
    Who cares? Steelers won. Good for them.

  28. VBG says: Feb 9, 2009 11:27 PM

    GIANTS8690 says:
    One more thing
    So by your logic the Steelers who said a player was ready to go and played, should be penalized or criticized because they withheld and MRI that did not threaten the players availability so that the other team can get information and NOW BREAK THE RULES TO PUT HIM OUT OF THE GAME. HOW FREAKING STUPID ARE YOU FLORIO?
    IF BIG BEN GOES TO THE DENTIST AND HAS A CAVITY SHOULD THE STEELERS REPORT THAT SO A PERSON COULD STICK THEIR FIST IN HIS MOUTH DURING THE GAME?
    _____________________________________________________________________
    The NFL has rules that injuries have to be reported and not hidden. Period. You have sore ribs? You show up on the injury report with sore ribs.
    The rules don’t permit for having sore ribs, getting X-Rays, being cleared to practice and play and not reporting the injury.
    It’s not the “Who practiced and was cleared to play” report. It’s the INJURY report.
    Sore ribs is an injury. Was it reported?
    Case closed.

  29. Henry says: Feb 9, 2009 11:33 PM

    I hear the Pirates are interested in signing Harrison.

  30. SteelerGal says: Feb 9, 2009 11:34 PM

    Wow a whole other story about Ben’s FRACTURED ribs (I don’t know why the media keeps calling them broken, fractured and broken are two different things) and still no mention of Fitzgerald waiting until the Pro-Bowl to announce he had torn ligaments and a broken thumb on his left hand for the entire span of the playoffs.
    I honestly don’t care either way about either one playing injured. I’m sure nearly everyone on both teams had one injury or another, the media knows what players will draw people into reading their stories though and they have no quarrels about spinning their stories to create controversy.

  31. SteelerGal says: Feb 9, 2009 11:45 PM

    And on a side note, did it ever occur to anyone that maybe the reason that the Steelers had no knowledge that Ben played with two fractured ribs in the SB is because the x-ray he got came back negative? Ben didn’t even know he had fractured ribs, how would the rest of the team and coaches know?
    Also, I’d like anyone to find an article where the Steelers organization denies that Ben had an MRI after the SB. The only reports coming out now are of Tomlin not knowing he had an x-ray (possibly not telling the whole truth since the x-ray came back negative, why admit it when there’s really no known injury to talk about) and Dave Lockett saying “Ben was fine to go. He was cleared to play. He didn’t miss any [practice] time. There was no doubt he was going to play.”
    I’m sorry, but these stories just reek of media bs.

  32. neutral_like_sweden says: Feb 9, 2009 11:52 PM

    Obviously it makes sense not to advertise the injury. However, not reporting it is still against the rules. Florio didn’t invent these rules people. It’s not called a practice report, it’s called an injury report. Belichick thought it made sense to video tape from the sideline rather then be discrete and do it from the stands, or jot signals down on paper. It makes more sense to do it his way. Problem is, again, it’s against the rules! What don’t you people understand? A rule was clearly broken, and the team should be penalized. Either that, or Roethlisberger was a lying drama queen about it, and should be called out for it.
    And no he didn’t injure it in the game, if you’re gonna believe what he said, which was “Luckily, in the game, I didn’t take any big hits to make ’em hurt.”

  33. Frank Burns says: Feb 10, 2009 12:00 AM

    Ravenmaniac says:
    February 9th, 2009 at 11:12 pm
    Frank, Call me what you want…your QB is a drama queen always looking for attention. Alot like you!
    I will repeat myself again Frank because you never answer…ever been to a Steelers game or even a pro football game????
    ——————————————
    Does the Super Bowl count? Then uh, yes.
    And plenty before that — happy? I don’t recall you ever asking me PERSONALLY though.
    And again, NOTHING will ever top the show that Suggs put on before the AFCG.
    Now then let me ask you something — if it comes out that the MRI does show something the X-Ray didn’t, will you be the first to apologize?

  34. SteelerGal says: Feb 10, 2009 12:00 AM

    @neutral_like_sweden:
    I understand your logic, and don’t completely disagree with it, but if this is going to be an issue for the Steelers, then it better be an issue for the Cardinals as well for covering up Fitzgeralds injuries. So why everybody is focusing on Ben and the Steelers on this issue, maybe they should take into account that the Cards organization is just as guilty as they are. But that would mean a lot of people would have to come to grips with the fact that the Cards “cheated” the system as well to gain a little bit of an advantage in the game.
    Per Larry Fitzgerald Feb. 8th at the Pro-Bowl:
    “My hands are so messed up right now,” he said. “I’m just glad I don’t have to catch a ball again for a couple months. I can mend up.”
    http://www.denverpost.com/ci_11660421?source=rss

  35. NR4 says: Feb 10, 2009 12:05 AM

    Thre real drama queens are posting in this thread. smirk@

  36. CS says: Feb 10, 2009 12:07 AM

    This is hilarious. If Dave Lockett were issuing a denial he would have said, “I have no idea what Ben is talking about. Nobody on our staff performed an MRI. He would have had to have had another physician perform it because we don’t know anything about it.”
    Instead, as Florio correctly points out, he simply repeats what we already knew….Ben practiced every day except one leading up to the game. There was no way he wasn’t playing. Even Peter King said he looked “sharp” in practice, but did notice him stretching his torso. Lockett didn’t contradict anything Ben said.
    The best part is Ben always gets flamed for being a Drama Queen…Riiiiiight. Right behind T.O. trying to win a sleeping pill eating contest, Romo collapsing in the shower but showing us all how brave he was to do his press conference with his Sherlock Holmes hat on (with people helping him to and from the podium)….Give me a break. Not to mention the moron Brady getting photographed limping around SoHo with a protective boot on the week before the Super Bowl when you know the paparazzi is waiting outside your door. Yeah, but Ben’s a drama queen.

  37. OneAndDone says: Feb 10, 2009 12:07 AM

    Hasselbeck called it months ago.

  38. HGH is tasty says: Feb 10, 2009 12:44 AM

    If a man says something in a forest and a woman doesn’t hear him , is he still wrong?
    Why does it pi$$ Florio off so much that Tony Soprano is the only one who gets an accurate injury report? WGAF?

  39. divine says: Feb 10, 2009 1:59 AM

    I think that Ben Rothlesberger is the one LYING. If he can’t produce the MRI, he’s full of it. In fact, even if he did provide some paperwork that a doctor writes out for him…I’d doubt that too. No way you are going to be able to throw with broken ribs. You need your stomache muscles when you throw. I’m calling BS on the part of Ben Rothlesberger, and whoever may write up an MRI report for him….

  40. Hollywood Wags says: Feb 10, 2009 3:38 AM

    There would be no discussion had it not been for the marvelous Ravens player who cheapshotted Ben in the back, with his helmet, well after the play was over.
    but I guess that never happened in La La Land where Unicorns grow on trees and become President.

  41. football28 says: Feb 10, 2009 4:01 AM

    Have any of you ever had broken ribs? He is probably telling the truth, I broke a couple ribs playing football and was good to go a week later at middle linebacker. You just go to the right doctor, get a week off of contact for a bruise and a week later you just feel a little short on oxygen and have some pain. I didn’t get an x-ray untill a couple of years later when I had pneumonia and the doctor asked I knew that I had broken my ribs. To be honest I didn’t know for sure they had broken, but I had a pretty good idea. Hell, I even finished the game where I broke the ribs. Although it may be different for someone throwing a football. Seriously broken ribs are not that bad, and you can’t blame the Steelers for not putting him on the injury report? (Something to aim for)

  42. tiktokdok says: Feb 10, 2009 4:54 AM

    I’ll wait and see what the lying Mike Tomlin has to say before passing judgment.

  43. lichnor says: Feb 10, 2009 6:26 AM

    ….still waiting on that article concerning Fitzgerald’s broken hand……..
    Oh, that’s right, no one’s jealous of the Cardinals. There isn’t a HUGE fan base interested in the Cardinals to draw from and boost traffic.
    Why would Florio write anything yellow about the Cardinals. No one cares about them to read it.
    The Steelers OTOH, write some yellow journalism about them and whoa nelly! Not only do you get the diehard lovers of the Steelers, you get the die hard haters as well. Traffic shoots up 70%!
    The problem here is that some (most?) folks around here actually think Florio cares what he writes has any truth to it. This site isn’t about truth, it’s about webhits. This isn’t 60 Minutes….it’s The View.

  44. lichnor says: Feb 10, 2009 6:27 AM

    ….Oh, and is Bradshaw still dead?

  45. ppdoc says: Feb 10, 2009 6:48 AM

    why am i not surprised that Gentle Ben is at the center of an injury question again? Guy is really good qb, buy she sure is high maintenance. As the great Bill Parcells said when referring to Terry Glenn (and I paraphrase), “I’m sure she’ll be ok by training camp.”

  46. Ravenmaniac says: Feb 10, 2009 6:51 AM

    Frank…Frank…Frank…I said actually been at a game. Many of us have watched the Superbowl on TV (some of us were ctually in Tampa when the Ravens won)…that was not my question….
    Your question is a good one…would I apologize? I do not believe I would even if the MRI comes out that it was broken ribs (although I doubt it). To me the point is…why did he mention it at all if it did not impact the game? Obviously, Holmes was getting way too much attention and Ben wanted some of the love.
    Suggs may have been playing up his injury, but trust me it was not from a Diva-like jealousy standpoint like Jen. Look at me…look at me…

  47. Hollywood Wags says: Feb 10, 2009 7:15 AM

    “Suggs may have been playing up his injury ”
    Like the bitchboy drama queen he and his “homeboy” Ray Ray do all the time.
    Did big bad Ed Reed make a single run tackle all season?

  48. Adamz4 says: Feb 10, 2009 8:34 AM

    The truly great QBs don’t complain about this kind of stuff. Ben is trying to add some luster to his career by claiming toughness. As a huge Packer fan I went through 17 years of the toughest QB the NFL has ever seen, and only remember one season when Favre complained at all about any injury and that was with his broken thumb on his throwing hand. Favre puked blood on the sideline in a bucket and went back out for the next drive and never said a word…practically avoided it in the post game press conference. Quit trying to make yourself look better than you are, and play a better game. Outside of the Super Bowl (which Holmes is the sole reason he looked good) Ben has not played to a Hall of Fame standard.

  49. witchhunt6 says: Feb 10, 2009 8:40 AM

    Love the Steelers, love the Rooneys, love Tomlin. I understand Ben is a very good QB. But good God is he a freak’n drama queen, I said it 4 years ago and it remains true. This is no surprise from Steeler fans…not “fanatics”.

  50. edgerules says: Feb 10, 2009 8:56 AM

    So Ben is doubted once again concerning his “injuries”? Hmm. NFLN even said the team had not confirmed it. Where have we seen this before? Oh, yeah after the 2004/5 AFCC game, Ben claimed to have broken toes when Cowher denied it. Then, we had “fever gate” when he told Michelle Tafoya who is a good reporter, that his fever was 104 when Cowher AGAIN had to clarify. Then there was something about in the 2006 game against the San Diego Chargers about his elbow and Cowher had to straighten that out too. Now, we got this nonsense. Could he have had an MRI after the game. Possibly. I just think this “broken ribs” bit is just Ben asking for attention since Holmes and Harrison are getting the bulk of it if you ask me, and I am a huge Steeler fan saying this too. Ben has a history of doing this. The team has no confirmation of this “injury”. I am just thinking it is Ben asking for attetion.
    As for someone here mentioning how the Pats manipulate the injury report..well, if it wrong for them it should be wrong for the Steelers too, no?

  51. shuxion says: Feb 10, 2009 9:05 AM

    @ GIANTS8690
    Just because you put something in CAPS doesn’t make it right.
    You sound like a douche, shut up.

  52. Chaotica says: Feb 10, 2009 9:09 AM

    VBG says:
    February 9th, 2009 at 11:27 pm
    The NFL has rules that injuries have to be reported and not hidden. Period. You have sore ribs? You show up on the injury report with sore ribs.
    The rules don’t permit for having sore ribs, getting X-Rays, being cleared to practice and play and not reporting the injury.
    It’s not the “Who practiced and was cleared to play” report. It’s the INJURY report.
    Sore ribs is an injury. Was it reported?
    Case closed.
    ______________________________________________
    Most players on any given team have a sore “something” by the end of the season and yet the injury report for both teams was pretty small. Fitzgerrald had a busted up hand and he wasn’t on the report, how do you explain that?

  53. steelerfaninsixburg says: Feb 10, 2009 9:53 AM

    Ben’s a drama queen?! This whole thread is just a bunch of Steelers haters whining about the shortness of their own seasons. The Steelers won it, despite three games worth of cheap shots from the Ravens, one of which caused this topic, so get over it! Speaking of the Ravens, what was up with Mr. ‘Tough Guy’ Lewis in that commercial. Now there’s your ‘QUEEN’. No wonder he wants to leave town.

  54. Coach21 says: Feb 10, 2009 10:03 AM

    I pull for him like crazy on Sundays! I think he’s the perfect Q.B. for this city. Heck i would even take him on my team any day. He’s a natural born leader, a winner and a clutch Q.B. However, is personal life off the field is another question. And i hate to say this but i’m starting to see more and more of this from Ben….Drama Queen!
    Going for 7 in 2010, Go Steeler’s!

  55. Patscantcheatkharmabitches says: Feb 10, 2009 10:31 AM

    Roethlisdouche should stop tooting his own horn. This would have meant more if one of his linemen or a coach would have come out with it in a couple of years. Now, it just feels self serving and self promoting. How bout we go back to when you ruined your teams season by doing a header across the hood of a car on a motorcycle? Just shut up and play.

  56. ppdoc says: Feb 10, 2009 11:24 AM

    You can be assured that had the Squealers lost you would have heard about Jen’s
    aching ankle, bruised bursa, chronich coracoid, damaged duodenum, excoriated esophagus, fractured femur, gravely groin, hurting heart, involuted ileum, jackedup jejunum, killed “korpse”, languid liver, mangled mastoid, necrotic nose, open oral cavity, putrid penis, queer quadriceps, rancid rotator cuff, sore shin, tight tensor fascie, unusual univalvular heart, vapid veins, wrecked wrist, xtreme xyphoid injury, yowling yellow marrow, zooophillic zenkles diverticulum.
    Other than that, I’m sure she’ll be fine.

  57. olcap says: Feb 10, 2009 11:41 AM

    Your obsession is getting REALLY booooorrrrring, especially considering that no rules governing injury reports were broken…

  58. mrmagoo says: Feb 10, 2009 1:34 PM

    ppdoc says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 11:24 am
    You can be assured that had the Squealers lost you would have heard about Jen’s
    aching ankle, bruised bursa, chronich coracoid, damaged duodenum, excoriated esophagus, fractured femur, gravely groin, hurting heart, involuted ileum, jackedup jejunum, killed “korpse”, languid liver, mangled mastoid, necrotic nose, open oral cavity, putrid penis, queer quadriceps, rancid rotator cuff, sore shin, tight tensor fascie, unusual univalvular heart, vapid veins, wrecked wrist, xtreme xyphoid injury, yowling yellow marrow, zooophillic zenkles diverticulum.
    Other than that, I’m sure she’ll be fine.
    ______________________________
    3-0 last year against your team. Must be at least slightly tougher than you imply.

  59. Homeydogg says: Feb 10, 2009 2:23 PM

    Florio
    I reported Ben would lie about his broken ribs 2 days before the game.
    Gimme credit, I want credit:
    http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/01/30/tomlin-says-big-ben-ward-are-going-to-play/
    Homeydogg says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 9:09 pm
    I have no doubt Roethlisberger told someone he had his back X-rayed in Tampa. I also have no doubt Roethlisberger exaggerates, I mean lies, about his injuries. After the game Roethlisberger will probably tell someone that he played with broken ribs and dislocated spine.
    I don’t know if he’s a jagoff who thinks it funny to watch people react or if he’s a drama queen who wants the attention.

  60. wolverine21 says: Feb 10, 2009 3:04 PM

    wow what a tough guy
    this is the same loser who wears sleeves in 60 degree weather
    has a hand warmer kangaroo like pouch BUILT INTO HIS JERSEY
    i dont ever want to hear about this idiot questioning other qbs toughness

  61. JDK says: Feb 10, 2009 3:39 PM

    It is comical to see screen names with Giants, Jets, Ravens, and Cincy in them all talking trash about Big Ben – jealous much? Give me a break!
    When an X-ray doesn’t provide an answer, an MRI is the next logical choice – something that is overlooked in all the media crap over this: One is an X-ray prior to the game, the other was an MRI after the game.
    How hard is it to figure out that an MRI came up with something that a simple X-ray didn’t. Why didn’t the Steelers go with an MRI from the beginning? It’s pretty obvious why they didn’t.
    There were a number of articles written that week about how Ben was leaning on others for support when sitting down or standing up and he appeared to be nursing some sort of injury.
    Oh and Cincykid, you might not want to be calling out some other team’s QB for his injuries! Your overrated and constantly injured qb spends more time off the field nursing injuries than he does on the field playing throught them! lololol

  62. steelerfaninsixburg says: Feb 10, 2009 5:39 PM

    Amen!

  63. SteelerLuv says: Feb 10, 2009 9:39 PM

    I believe Ben’s story. Ben’s injuries from a motorcycle accident, an appendectomy and a couple concussions are a matter of record. When the number of sacks Ben has endured over his career is considered, it becomes obvious that Ben’s body has taken a lot of punishment. That kind of punishment adds up over time. My point is that I hope the Steelers organization can find a way to sign B. Leftwich, because Ben’s career could be shortened due to injury. It must be easy to criticise when you aren’t the one taking the hits.
    GO STEELERS!

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