As Steelers fans continue to hold their breaths (and perhaps other bodily functions) for word as to whether quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s Achilles’ tendon injury is serious, multiple reports are confirming the initial indication that Roethlisberger escaped a season-ending injury.
Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, coach Mike Tomlin was asked whether Roethlisberger will be OK. His answer? “Yup.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports via Twitter that Roethlisberger is “fine.”
Said team spokesman Dave Lockett, per the Associated Press: “Someone stepped on [Roethlisberger’s] foot, and we don’t have any updates other than that.”
That someone was left tackle Max Starks, who seemed to be unwilling to acknowledge the former franchise tag recipient got blasted into the franchise quarterback’s leg.
“James Harrison was bull rushing … I’m not sure I knocked him into [Roethlisberger] or what happened behind me. I was busy trying to block the defensive MVP,” Starks said. “He got tripped up and fell down.”
The good news is that Roethlisberger, a well-documented exaggerator of injuries, isn’t suggesting that amputation is in his immediate future. “Oh, it just feels great,” he told team president Art Rooney. “It feels like a car ran over it.”