Roethlisberger, Pouncey have Grade 1 ankle sprains

Reuters

Steelers fans got some good news on Tuesday, to go along with the bad news of the suspension of linebacker James Harrison.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey have Grade 1 ankle sprains, the mildest form of ankle sprains.

“That was terrible the first time,” Pouncey said, comparing the most recent sprain to the one that knocked him out of Super Bowl XLV. “It’s nowhere near that there.  That was season ending.  This is not.”

This news would indicate that Roethlisberger will play on Monday night in San Francisco.  But Pouncey cautions that Ben’s injury “is pretty serious,” even though it’s still a Grade 1 sprain.

And therein lies the rub.  To preserve the heroic nature of Ben’s performance last Thursday against the Browns, it has to seem more serious than the actual diagnosis would indicate.

Then there’s the strategic benefit of making the 49ers think that they possibly will see Charlie Batch instead of Roethlisberger.

Regardless of Ben’s present condition, what he did on Thursday night was indeed heroic.  And memorable.  Also keep in mind that his broken thumb is, per a source with knowledge of the situation, much farther down the digit than previously reported, making it more like the broken thumb that has knocked out Jay Cutler for two games and counting.

So don’t be surprised to see Roethlisberger on the field next Monday night.  But be impressed if he is.

80 responses to “Roethlisberger, Pouncey have Grade 1 ankle sprains

  1. Next year they’ll have grade 2 ankle sprains unless someone gets around to fixing those damn monkey bars.

  2. I love it!!! The steelers always seem to make it sound worse than it is! Just to make their players seem heroic! Gotta love Pittsburgh

  3. Be honest now. Ben is the toughest QB, and maybe the toughest player pound-for-pound, in the NFL right now.

    Glad he is on my team.

    GO STEELERS!!

  4. Cutler does get a raw deal from the press at times. Something about his indifference to the press is fun to watch. Having said that, I fdo think Cutler should have tried harder to stay in the game in the playoff against GB. He still seemed to have more mobility than Ben in the Broewns game.

  5. I never thought the Steelers could be described as drama queens. Good Lord.

    “Big Ben thought he broke his ankle but toughed it out and played like a hero. Even though it is only a grade 1 sprain and that is great news and not very serious…..still, he THOUGHT he broke it and, really, this isn’t a normal type grade 1 sprain. I mean…he thought he broke it…and played…on a sprained, yet thought to be broken ankle….really….he did. Isn’t he tough. It was heroic ya know. To have to go back out there after he thought he broke his ankle…you saw him limping right? Wow…just as tough as they come.”

  6. I’d like to see all of you step onto an NFL field with a sprained ankle. Forget that…just go about your daily lives with a sprained ankle. And then come back here and continue to talk crap.

  7. So this news just magnifies the fact that once again the drama queen was overacting last Thursday night!! Enough with the wincing in pain Big-Jen!

  8. Regardless of Ben’s present condition, what he did on Thursday night was indeed heroic. And memorable.
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    Memorable? Sure. Heroic? Please… he wasn’t saving babies from burning buildings or fighting a war. Can we please save the “hero worship” for something a bit more important.

    I love football more than the next guy, but I hate hearing the players called “heroes”. Hell, I probably wouldn’t want half of them as my next-door neighbor.

  9. schmokes says:
    Dec 13, 2011 5:26 PM
    Ben will be sure to grimace for the camera after each play on Monday night.

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    And the announcers won’t shut up about the injury

  10. Some of you can spew all the venom you want, but you will never change the way I feel about the toughness and competitiveness of Ben Roethlisberger … And damn near all of you would kill to have him on your team.

    Admit it.

  11. Nevis says:
    Dec 13, 2011 5:24 PM
    Ben will play Monday. Good. No excuses.

    _______________________________

    Funny stuff. …Be careful what you wish for Nevis.
    Your team is going in the tank at a bad time. Be glad you are not going to see Harrison and pray for Batch.

  12. Niners will get hated on all week leading up to this game. They can’t beat the great, heroic Steelers, blah blah blah. Prime time for Willis to come back and show them who the new bad boys are on the block. This will be a defensive game and the Niners will win. Book it.

  13. People wanna see Ben fall, Fail, and get hurt… and he just keeps suceeding…!!! this is a TRUE NFL football player… Proud to have him in Black N Yellow!!

  14. I heard it was so bad they considered amputating his leg but big ben wouldn’t let them give him pain medicine so they just wrapped up.

    Man this guy is insufferable!

  15. This was the most productive thing my Browns did last Thursday. Lets have the Steelers lose two straight with these guys out then the Browns beat them in Cleveland the last game of the year. Works for me..

  16. BigBen…what a diva! Every time a game is close, or when there is a possibility of losing a game, BigBen suffers from an injury-whether real or feigned-and he always trots with a hobble and saves the game. His Camille-like performances have lost all polish and sheen, and are as obvious as the outcome of a Nancy Drew mystery.

  17. What happens if Patrick Willis leads with his head and ends Big Ben’s season? Will Steeler Nation still disagree with the rules and repercussions?

  18. For his sake, we should hope Ben doesn’t get hit in the head too. If he’s suffering anything approaching “concussion-like symptoms” it might be tough for him to remember which leg to pretend to limp on.

  19. No one outside of Pittsburg thought Ben was serioudly injured anyway. The mildest form high ankle sprain felt like a Broken leg BB? It is amusing to listen to Steeler fans fall for it still after 9 years…

  20. Have to wonder what kind of shape he will be in when he’s +40 years old. Hope the Steelers take better care of him than they did Mike Webster.

  21. BB will not even make it to the playoffs. How many times a game does this man get rocked? That patchwork quilt of an Oline is abysmal. It’s downright putrid the way this organization hangs their star QB out to dry year after year. How long has the Oline been a draft need? Congrats on Pouncey, he certainly seems durable.

  22. the broken thumb that has knocked out Jay Cutler for two games and counting.

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    Try 3 games and counting. He missed OAK, KC, and DEN.

  23. Grade “1” that either means hes a drama queen or he left his balls in the locker room before the game started because he acted like it was a joe theisman injury. lol. 0-2 against the Ravens!!!!!!

  24. In a way, Ben possibly embellishing an injury is kind of like betting against your own team.

    Win the bet: Sucks horribly but at least you have a little cash
    Lose the bet: Greatest money you ever lost

  25. edisbetterthantroy says:
    Dec 13, 2011 6:24 PM
    What happens if Patrick Willis leads with his head and ends Big Ben’s season? Will Steeler Nation still disagree with the rules and repercussions?

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    Won’t happen because unlike Harrison Willis knows how to play within the rules. For some reason Harrison and about 5 other players in the league “Don’t understand the rules” or can’t seem to play within them. However guys like Willis, Clay Matthews, Ed Reed, Von Miller etc… can play hard, fast, tough football and not get fined/flagged consistantly.

  26. nice that ben is tough but no way he has the same broken thumb as cutler. he would not be able to hold a football let alone throw it if he did. Cutler has 3 pins and 2 screws holding his together so I am pretty confident he is not just sitting out because he is not tough enough to play.

  27. For the person asking Steelers fans how they will feel wen someone hits Ben illegally, here is a news flash, it is already going on. And most of the time, no flag.

  28. 8 Trips to the SB 3 in the last 6 years. 6 rings. Yeh I know why I see sooo much BS flying here. The rest of you except possibly GB and the Pats are just plain losers.

  29. I dont think Cutler can play legitimately with that thumb. But I wish he would show some passion and say that he will try it out the final week of the season in case the Bears really need a win at that time. Just show some effort. Same with the NFC playoff game. He’s gotta realize not only he needs to tough it out there, but he needs to inspire his teammates to block for him to keeo him from getting further hit and improving their offense. You saw what effect Ben returning had on his mediocre OL in the Browns game for the first couple of drives. Except for the work of one player – Kemo , every other guy raised their game.

  30. @edisbetterthantroy …

    Well, your name says it all, doesn’t it? You can’t have mad respect for both great players, as I do. You have to make it a competition because, like all the other wackadoodles, you’re Steeler-obsessed. Why would you be so obsessed with a team you hate that you’d put a reference to it in your user name? That is just so weird.

    FYI, players have been taking illegal shots at Ben for as long as he’s been playing. And because of the way he plays–that sandlot style of running around–and the toughness he shows while getting clobbered, he doesn’t draw the flags the way the pretty boys (Tom) and lil squirts (Colt) do. We’re used to that. It’s a contact sport. We just wish someone had told Goodell.

  31. jimmer2372 says:
    Dec 13, 2011 8:12 PM
    8 Trips to the SB 3 in the last 6 years. 6 rings. Yeh I know why I see sooo much BS flying here. The rest of you except possibly GB and the Pats are just plain losers.

    ________________________________

    Not sure if any of the GB or New England players/front office are posting on this article but your right, they are not losers.

    Congratulations on all your success, who would have thought that a guy who has won 6 superbowls would take the time off his busy schedule to post on PFT.com Not to mention the fact that you have obviously been playing football in the NFL for a long time to be a part of all 6 of those teams.

    PS Worry about your own accomplishments before you take credit for the accomplishments of a pro sports team you have no affiliation with. At this point you can call “fans” of other teams losers. But you sir… may be the biggest d-bag of all.

  32. the term “broken” can mean anything from (1) a hairline crack to (2) utterly snapped in two or more pieces. (1) just feels like a bad bruise that won’t go away, while (2) renders the entire limb, or finger, completely useless. Trust me, I’ve walked around with (1) for about a week and it became a (2) before I had a chance to get it checked out.

    that said…. without additional information it’s impossible to determine just how heroic the broken thumb player really is

  33. Ben’s a legend already. Can’t wait til he qins another super bowl this year! No QB in the league would or could come back on the field after that. So blessed to have him as our QB. God we’re spoiled! Can you imagine having like joe flacco? That would so suck!!!!

  34. Thumbs up – you respect Ben as a tough, but flawed, flat-out winner

    Thumbs down – you are a tool who openly mocks Ben, but secretly wishes your team had drafted him and gotten the 3 Super Bowl appearances and 2 titles since 2005 (this means you, fat Cheeseheads and sniveling- Belichick-worshippers)

  35. “To preserve the heroic nature of Ben’s performance last Thursday against the Browns..”

    Please. Stop.

    Firefighters, police officers, people in the military, doctors..THEY are heroic.

    Ben Roethlisberger? No

  36. steelersownyou says:
    Dec 13, 2011 8:58 PM
    Ben’s a legend already. Can’t wait til he qins another super bowl this year! No QB in the league would or could come back on the field after that. So blessed to have him as our QB. God we’re spoiled! Can you imagine having like joe flacco? That would so suck!!!!

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    By “no QB in the league” do you mean Matt Ryan, cause he did against the Lions this year… after missing one play…. and didn’t play it up to the media

  37. I got a grade 1 sprain getting coffee this morning and managed to finish a full day’s worth of work.*

    *Hero

    The Brazilian national soccer team has been trying to contact Ben. They want to learn how to flop like that.

  38. As I stated before, Bathroom Ben twisted his ankle – an injury most players would walk off – but not Pig Ben.

    He has to make a production of it in an attempt to get sympathy.

    How pathetic is this guy?

  39. Poor Bathroom Ben.

    Poor rapist.

    Oh how the other teams play dirty.

    Of course, not Pittsburgh players.

    Can’t you just send the love letters directly to him?

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    Deb says:
    Dec 13, 2011 8:35 PM
    @edisbetterthantroy …

    Well, your name says it all, doesn’t it? You can’t have mad respect for both great players, as I do. You have to make it a competition because, like all the other wackadoodles, you’re Steeler-obsessed. Why would you be so obsessed with a team you hate that you’d put a reference to it in your user name? That is just so weird.

    FYI, players have been taking illegal shots at Ben for as long as he’s been playing. And because of the way he plays–that sandlot style of running around–and the toughness he shows while getting clobbered, he doesn’t draw the flags the way the pretty boys (Tom) and lil squirts (Colt) do. We’re used to that. It’s a contact sport. We just wish someone had told Goodell.

  40. Thank You Deb! My name does say it all..Ed is better than Troy. Never said Troy wasn’t good. I have no problem with a good character guy. Just my opinion.

    However, some of the other guys (ie: Harrison, Ben, Clark), no respect. Guys like Clark and Harrison have been quoted, saying some malicious things “Next time, I might as well put them to sleep for good…” They play the game for the wrong reasons.

    So glad my nephew asked for a Tebow jersey for Xmas and not Ben, Clark or Harrison.

    Sorry to all for the Tebow reference, but it’s true.

  41. @yodelpoo …

    He was being sarcastic. Get a grip. And please spare us that tired old firefighters, cops, and soldiers riff that some eejit posts on every PFT thread. We all understand that football players are not real warriors/heroes. But it’s a football site and those are common analogies. 🙄

  42. I’m tired of Ben always making every injury seem life threatening just so he looks like a hero when he plays.. get over yourself already…

  43. By the way he was writhering and flopping around on the ground I thought for sure his leg was broken in a least 12 places. A grade 1 ankle sprain ? That means no swelling, no discoloration and he acted like that ? That punk is a drama queen.

    Oh, and for the record, the stealers are 0-2 against the Ravens when Torrey Smith is on the field. That would mean that the stealers can’t beat the Ravens as long as Torrey starts.

    If the 49’ers can’t beat the stealers then they do not belong in the playoffs.

  44. Steelersownyou…..not sure what you meant by the imagine if you had Joe Flacco comment…Flacco has not missed a snap in 4 years and has been hit almost as much as ben! He has not missed a game due to suspension! And he does not assault women!
    #joeflaccoownsthesteelers….

  45. I didnt realize Pittsburgh had this many haters! Muah this is a true sign of success.. Hello Yankees, Hello Lakers, Hello Celtics, Hello Floyd Mayweather, Hello PITTSBURGH STEELERS NFL ROYALTY!!!

  46. @edisbetterthantroy …

    Tebow? Aren’t you a Ravens fan? Why didn’t you get the kid a Reed jersey? Or some other Ravens’ jersey? Is he old enough to understand that Tebow isn’t a Raven?

  47. edisbetterthantroy says: Dec 13, 2011 9:45 PM

    However, some of the other guys (ie: Harrison, Ben, Clark), no respect. Guys like Clark and Harrison have been quoted, saying some malicious things

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    You mean sort of like:

    Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs didn’t talk only about his team’s rivalry with the Steelers during Friday’s appearance on The Jim Rome Show. Suggs also discussed the issue of hits on quarterbacks and the fines that often flow therefrom.

    And Suggs said he’s fine with being fined.

    “I’ll take a fine, if I get a good shot at a quarterback,” Suggs said. “I don’t care where I hit him, how I hit him, as long as I’m getting the job done, I’ll take it.”

  48. Ben has taken so many hits that would draw a flag on many other QB’s. Heck, Pretty boy can draw a flag for simply throwing up both hands and looking at the Ref!

  49. Ben only limped in certain situations, he does this all the time so he has something to fall back on when he loses.

    Batch actually looked better anyway

  50. “What happens if Patrick Willis leads with his head and ends Big Ben’s season? ”

    What happens if someone goes low at Ben and almost ends his season, in clear violation of the Tom Brady rule? Will you defend Ben and cry for fines and suspensions?

    That thing under your nose – zip it.

  51. Heroic??? Are you flipping kidding me! Ben Rothlisberger is not heroic. This is football for god sakes. Although I have respect for him playing on a bad ankle he does not deserve to be called heroic. The word heroic is for people such as the men and women that are fighting for this country in the harshest conditions on the planet. Our military deserves to be called heroic, not a football player playing on a bad ankle!

  52. he·ro [heer-oh]
    noun, plural
    1. a man who is admired for defeating the Cleveland Browns at home.

    Ben Roethlisberger, true American Hero.

  53. @jimmer2372:

    8 Trips to the SB 3 in the last 6 years. 6 rings. Yeh I know why I see sooo much BS flying here. The rest of you except possibly GB and the Pats are just plain losers.
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    S.F 49ers 5-0 in the super bowl. winning % 1000. Never lost a super bowl! Can’t beat 1000%

  54. waxthat :::::

    Make sense… San Fran IS the most overrated football team in the NFL. Think about it….
    St. Louis (2)
    Ariz (2)
    Cleveland Brownstains
    Seattle
    Tampa Bay

    That’s 7 easy wins….you 49er fans better hope that #7 is on bench. That’s your only hope..

  55. @dubs57:

    you 49er fans better hope that #7 is on bench. That’s your only hope..

    ——————————————————
    Already setting up your excuse, huh? We have Alex Smith @ STARTING qb …and he’s the worst. No excuses. Oh, 49ers are 5-0, 1000% winning pct. in the Super Bowl. Steelers can NEVER beat that.

  56. It took a last minute,miracle catch for the Steelers to beat Az, an NFC West team in the Super Bowl & alot of help from the refs to beat the NFC West Seahawks. Let’s be real.

  57. Yes, it’s tired and tripe to say firefighters, cops and soldiers are heroes.

    What isn’t tired is saying Bathroom Ben, the rapist, who twisted an ankle and then made sure he was carted to the locker room, is a hero.

    That’s justice.

    A rapist is cool if you fantasize about him.

    Right Deb?

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    Deb says:
    Dec 13, 2011 9:55 PM
    @yodelpoo …

    He was being sarcastic. Get a grip. And please spare us that tired old firefighters, cops, and soldiers riff that some eejit posts on every PFT thread. We all understand that football players are not real warriors/heroes. But it’s a football site and those are common analogies.

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