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Roethlisberger’s ankle feels worse, targeting Saturday

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We knew Ben Roethlisberger’s latest injury would create a little drama.

Big Ben didn’t practice Thursday and isn’t expected to on Friday. He’s aiming for Saturday’s practice, but told reporters that his ankle feels worse than it did when he was playing on it against the Browns.

“The second half of that game you were playing off adrenaline, you were playing off emotion,” Roethlisberger said via Scout.com. “The next couple days after that I just shook my head because I don’t know how – I couldn’t have done it; I don’t know how I did.

“It’s amazing what adrenaline and wanting to be out there for your guys does.”

We figure that Roethlisberger will play because that’s what he always does, but there does seem to be real doubt in this case. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said Roethlisberger couldn’t play if the game was Thursday. The Steelers don’t want the injury to get worse with the playoffs approaching.

Both ESPN’s Adam Schefter and SI’s Peter King have expressed skepticism Roethlisberger will be able to suit up in San Francisco.

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  1. 2difshoe says: Dec 16, 2011 9:00 AM

    Poor, poor Bathroom Ben, we don’t feel sorry for you.

    Grab a backbone, you’re supposed to be a tough guy ….but, NOT SO MUCH !

  2. richie500 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:03 AM

    If the Ravens lose Sunday night, he has to play.

  3. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 16, 2011 9:03 AM

    “It’s amazing what adrenaline and wanting to be out there for your guys does.” Jay Cutler, are you listening?

  4. humbleminded85 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:04 AM

    Those who are gonna call this guy a drama queen are crazy. I thought his ankle snaped and for him to come back AND win is remarkable. Hate to say it but he’s the toughest in the NFL…period.

  5. Kaz says: Dec 16, 2011 9:06 AM

    Yawn. Is anyone else still falling for this? Note to fantasy owners. Start him, and expect him to have a “heroic” night. I’ve never seen anything like it honestly, and the media plays right into it every time smh.

  6. norcalmafia says: Dec 16, 2011 9:06 AM

    What a tool…waaha waaaaah…I have the mildest form of ankle sprain but somehow Ill choke down the pain to play on MNF!!!!!And the oscar for biggest drama queen in a television series goes to you Ben!

  7. holeinone09 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:07 AM

    It may come down to whether Ravens lose Sunday night. If they do, Steelers may have Ben ready to go Monday if possible, if not to start but to come in if Batch isn’t getting the job done, to give them a better chance to win and lock up the division. They will make the playoffs so they don’t need the win Monday. Goal should be to get to the Super Bowl, and they don’t need to risk Ben getting seriously injured. Ben also doesn’t have to prove anything about his toughness. They should make a decision best for the team. If Ben can’t play, I am OK with that in the grand scheme of things. As well, they can beat SF without Ben if they can run the ball and play solid defense.

    GO STEELERS!!

  8. charliesbatch says: Dec 16, 2011 9:08 AM

    Start Dixon!!

  9. sikkcaden says: Dec 16, 2011 9:09 AM

    This guy is SO dramatic. Why does every one keep forgetting to mention he has the mildest form of sprain possible? He’s really going to milk this (like every other injury hes ever had) then “heroicly” play on Monday (somehow!)…i bet $200 in the game he scrambles perfectly for 15 yards then gets up and limps dramatically. Yeesh.

    Btw. Is he tough? Yeah, ALL NFL players are.

  10. CKL says: Dec 16, 2011 9:10 AM

    “The next couple days after that I just shook my head because I don’t know how – I couldn’t have done it; I don’t know how I did.”

    OMG!!! I’ve never heard of a guy playing with a high ankle sprain before! UNPRECEDENTED! Didn’t an OL just play most of a game with a BROKEN LEG?

  11. weneedlinemen42 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:16 AM

    Well, maybe it is because he is a drama queen. Then again, maybe he can keep making it back for the games because he will take painkilling shots that will allow him to play whilst injured.

    It’s not brave so much in that he has to play with pain, that will be handled by the drugs, it’s “brave” that he his willing to wave goodbye to the long term health of his limbs and grind away on a busted peg so long as he can’t feel the damage.

  12. 2difshoe says: Dec 16, 2011 9:18 AM

    MusicCityMiracle says:

    Dec 16, 2011 9:03 AM
    “It’s amazing what adrenaline and wanting to be out there for your guys does.” Jay Cutler, are you listening?

    ===================================

    I guess you would be able to play with 3 screws and a pin in your thumb as 300 lbs. angry linemen are chasing you around the field ?

    Chicago is reporting he will be back fort he final regular season game….is that not soon enough ?

    Come on !

  13. dickroy says: Dec 16, 2011 9:19 AM

    Ben, I do wish you would stop talking about your injuries so much. That is what brings on this drama queen stuff.

    Go Steelers!

  14. hgl4969 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:21 AM

    Ben rocks as the Steelers Quarterback & is a tough as they come. Let’s hope smart decisions are made to get back to the Super Bowl. Last year’s first four games shows Steelers can win without Ben!

  15. rmc1995 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:24 AM

    What’s amazing is how he is claimed a hero for playing with an injury that didn’t give his team an opportunity to score from the one yard line because of his limited mobility, he threw an interception with a return that could have led to the Browns go head TD, and he made a mild sprain worse killing prep time for an entire game against a much better team just so he could play a half against a Browns team who the Steelers could have easily won 7-3 simply by running and punting the ball out of bounds and playing defense for 30 minutes. If the Steelers lose Monday you can thank your hero Ben Santa Anna for screwing around with the Alamo.

  16. takingbacksundays5 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:25 AM

    Surprise surprise. Does anyone honestly believe for a second that Ben won’t play in this game?

    He may be one tough SOB, but he sure loves to let the world know about it too. The “heroic” storyline for Monday night is already coming together.

  17. ham1 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:28 AM

    You know you all are talking bug smack about Ben being a drama queen, being soft with a high ankle sprain etc.
    None of you, me included, would take a shot to the face from haloti ngata, blood all over the palce, get up and beat the ravens anyhow. None of you. Even using the phrase “OMG” like some teeny bopper girl belies your candy hind parts. Most Qbs in the NFL head to the bench and dont come back.
    Ben is a beast period. He will play and you all only wish your qb was as tough on the field.
    What happened off the field is a character and legal issue and has nothing to do with picking yourself up when your hurt and winning the game.
    Lots candy up in those posts. I bet Ben would run over and flatten that candy on the field.

  18. charmcity207 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:30 AM

    Ben sure loves some Ben.

  19. rwmilli says: Dec 16, 2011 9:30 AM

    You guys are so sillly, playing with an ankle sprain mild or not is unreal…have you ever tried a drop on a messed ankle, didn’t think so, that’s why your on the couch watching….and on another note be realistic, do you honestly believe that O linemen had a broken leg….maybe a crack or hair fracture you wanna talk drama queen talk the org who claims a player played with a broken leg….if his leg was really ” broken ” the game would have stopped Nd we would have seen him stretchered off in mass amounts of pain. Be reals

  20. wldkat says: Dec 16, 2011 9:30 AM

    If SanDiego beats Baltimore on Sunday, Ben will play because Pittsburgh can regain control of the divison. I will take a hobbled Big Ben over most healthy QB’s any day !!!

  21. shweddyballs says: Dec 16, 2011 9:32 AM

    Jealous Much???? How can you fault Ben? He was asked by a jounalist how his ankle was feeling and he answered the question – ankle sprains suck. I would guess the majority of you people that are writing these negative comments about Big Ben are jealous because he isnt on your team. He gave a valiant performance on a bum leg in the NFL on Thursday Night. What more do you want from this guy? These comments “he’s a tool” what does that even mean? What is this 1999? Who even uses the term “tool” any more?

  22. Kaz says: Dec 16, 2011 9:32 AM

    Now, now guys. His mild to non existent high ankle sprain felt like a “broke leg” when it happened per his post game interview. Maybe we shouldn’t laugh. Faking injuries for attention is a real disorder and it isn’t very pc to talk about people suffering from mental disorders as such.

  23. njhitman says: Dec 16, 2011 9:33 AM

    Whats funny is how all of these so called Raven fans talking trash on Bens toughness . How many weeks was Ray Ray out with his toe what was it an ingrown toe nail or something

  24. comeonnowguys says: Dec 16, 2011 9:33 AM

    MusicCityMiracle says:

    Dec 16, 2011 9:03 AM
    “It’s amazing what adrenaline and wanting to be out there for your guys does.” Jay Cutler, are you listening?

    ==============================

    Given your constant Cutler-bashing, I can guess you either:

    – Work for Fox Sports
    – Lost money on the Bears Packers game

    Either way, I don’t feel sorry for you.

  25. jamaltimore says: Dec 16, 2011 9:40 AM

    Blah Blah Blah. Guys play in pain every week fathead!

  26. bunkmcnulty says: Dec 16, 2011 9:42 AM

    “It’s amazing what adrenaline and wanting to be out there for your guys does.”

    …and an injection of pain killer!

    Not saying the guy isn’t tough. As a Ravens fan I hate him but acknowledge him to be a “great” QB and toughest around. But I am sure a couple pain injections will help if needed.

    I also agree, if the Ravens win Sunday, you all should sit Ben. Since I don’t think Alex Smith does well against a high pressure D you still have a decent shot of winning that game. I will also say it should make you all mad that JH can’t lower his point of impact on hits. If Ben doesn’t play it makes JH’s loss much more relevant. Could be a game changer.

  27. toegoat says: Dec 16, 2011 9:47 AM

    It does seem a bit dramatic @ times but it is not like he is calling in to sports shows or anything to talk about it. If you watch the MANDATORY media sessions he HAS to do, the media are the ones that keep bringing it up and asking him questions about it.
    This is way overblown and he definitely is one of THE toughest players currently playing in the NFL regardless if u like him or not.

  28. neuteronomy says: Dec 16, 2011 9:47 AM

    Normally, I hate to see anybody injured. In this case, I hope it hurts like sin.

  29. 5chan says: Dec 16, 2011 9:49 AM

    Can’t wait to hear Gruden gush for four straight hours about what a warrior and competitor Big Ben is.

  30. Stiller43 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:54 AM

    Rule no. 72:

    No excuses, play like a champion.

  31. theravens1 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:55 AM

    If the Raven’s lose he will play. . . .
    When the Raven’s win . . . what then? He won’t play??

    Makes no sense. If he’s able he has to play no matter what if the Steelers stand a chance to make the playoffs. So. . . it is even more motivation for the Raven’s to play hard! Not that they need any more motivation!

  32. dickroy says: Dec 16, 2011 10:03 AM

    It is good that we get to know what the Ravens do on Sunday, before we play. But either way we need to win to keep the division title alive.

  33. Chargers have no rings says: Dec 16, 2011 10:04 AM

    rwmilli says:
    Dec 16, 2011 9:30 AM
    You guys are so sillly, playing with an ankle sprain mild or not is unreal…have you ever tried a drop on a messed ankle, didn’t think so, that’s why your on the couch watching….and on another note be realistic, do you honestly believe that O linemen had a broken leg….maybe a crack or hair fracture you wanna talk drama queen talk the org who claims a player played with a broken leg….if his leg was really ” broken ” the game would have stopped Nd we would have seen him stretchered off in mass amounts of pain. Be reals

    ***************

    Last time I checked a “crack” or “fracture” means broke…. Be reals!

  34. sophiethegreatdane says: Dec 16, 2011 10:05 AM

    This guy is a tool. He just HAS to complain, openly, about how much pain he’s in so that his sycophant fans will fawn all over him about how “tough” he is.

    Whatever.

    Dozens of players will be on the field this week, in more pain than this jerk’s grade 1 sprain. And when a reporter asks them how they are feeling, they’ll say, “I’m okay. We are all a little hurt, and those who can play, will.”

    A grade 1 is medically defined as having minimal (if any) swelling or tenderness. So yeah…what he told the world that he thought was a “broken leg” turns out to be minimally tender. I’m sorry bonehead, but I’ve had many grade 1 sprained ankles and I’ve had a broken leg. The two couldn’t feel any different.

  35. njhitman says: Dec 16, 2011 10:10 AM

    theravens1 says:Dec 16, 2011 9:55 AM

    If the Raven’s lose he will play. . . .
    When the Raven’s win . . . what then? He won’t play??

    Makes no sense. If he’s able he has to play no matter what if the Steelers stand a chance to make the playoffs. So. . . it is even more motivation for the Raven’s to play hard! Not that they need any more motivation!
    ——————————————————–
    What are you talking about Steelers still might have a chance to make the playoffs Their in the playoffs unless God strikes them dead Its a fight for the North title

  36. zonepro764 says: Dec 16, 2011 10:10 AM

    I’ll be honest I live outside Pittsburgh and I’m tired of hearing week in and week out about Ben and his injuries over the last few years.

    I just hate him in general and everything about him.

  37. njhitman says: Dec 16, 2011 10:13 AM

    Pitt needs to sit him and play Dixon and then if he needs to go in let em then But otherwise sit the man There still 3 weeks left to win the North

  38. P_Willy says: Dec 16, 2011 10:19 AM

    Niners fan here,

    Can’t deny that Ben’s a clutch QB who’s played with pain. Lot’s have and when you’re the QB of a very good team in a primetime game, especially a game that matters this time of year – the spotlight will be on. Media tends to put a spin on statements so it’s a given that quotes can be misleading.

    I really hope he plays because he’s what makes that offense click. This is a very good team and will be a huge test for the young niners to see how they stack up against consistency. I would want to play the steelers at their best so if we win, we can really gage our success this far, and if we lose – to take note and make the necessary improvements for the playoffs.

    I’d have my money on him playing with or without pain, and with or without the ravens winning on sunday night. Pitt needs to keep winning to secure their post season birth and gain momentum.

    Anyways – this should be a good monday nighter – one of a few bright spots on an otherwise pretty crappy “prime time” line up for the most part this season.

  39. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Dec 16, 2011 10:23 AM

    Such an ass. Bennie wennie, the raping drama queen!

  40. drgfri says: Dec 16, 2011 10:26 AM

    How is Ben going to elude pass rushers or new rape allegations with a gimp ankle?

  41. goawayeverybody says: Dec 16, 2011 10:33 AM

    What a drama queen. Only in Ben’s world does the injury get worse day by day and not better. Someone needs to get him a Waaaahmbulance, pronto!

  42. latrobe21 says: Dec 16, 2011 10:36 AM

    Ben will play. He’s made of Pittsburgh steel with a little KennaMetal added.

  43. rmc1995 says: Dec 16, 2011 10:39 AM

    Poncho: Blaine, you’re bleeding. You’ve been hit.
    Blaine: Ain’t got time to bleed.
    Poncho: Ben, you are also bleeding. You have been hit.
    Ben: You have no idea how painful this is. I’m not sure anyone does unless you take the time to talk about it in detail. Really, it’s a flesh wound in my arm but it feels like I got shot in the stomach. I’m going to continue to fight with you guys but know I’m doing this under complete strain and sacrifice. I won’t be surprised if they have to amputate my arm, unless that band aid stops the bleeding…oh it stopped. Blaine, you got time to duck!

  44. pittsburghavenue says: Dec 16, 2011 10:40 AM

    He should not play for the rest of the season. He needs his ankle to heal for the playoffs. The game against San Fran is not crucial. Baltimore is not going to lose and they are likely winning the division, Steelers should have no problem getting a wild card. Other than the Niners, they have Cleveland and St. Louis. Their defense will get them through the rest of the season.

    Keep Ben on the bench Tomlin! That goes for Pouncey too!

  45. kingkornkahn says: Dec 16, 2011 10:41 AM

    You have to set these things up. If he wins, he is a hero. If he losses, it was the ankle.

  46. ravensandtigers says: Dec 16, 2011 10:42 AM

    Injury reports all together are a bunch of BS. So many teams report and dont report injuries and non-injuries to try to throw off the other teams game plan. This is just another tactic the Steelers are using and just using it as an excuse to give Ben’s fat a** a chance to take off a few days and rest for the last few weeks and into the post season.

  47. citizenstrange says: Dec 16, 2011 10:45 AM

    If Roethlisberger can’t play maybe Batch or Dixon can somehow get the 13 points Roethlisberger would have.

    Roethlisberger was Tebow before Tebow was Tebow.

    GO STEELERS!

  48. hollysjc says: Dec 16, 2011 10:48 AM

    Jealousy is so not becoming. Ben’s numbers prove who and what he is, so cry yourself.

  49. raychapman says: Dec 16, 2011 10:48 AM

    After football career ends Ben buying several Dairy Queen shops…DQ now DQ after…only now DQ stands for drama queen. MNF ’92 starting QB breaks….yes, breaks ankle during first quarter plays the whole game. #19…Bernie Kosar. Get real Ben…

  50. MossMoon2Packers says: Dec 16, 2011 10:54 AM

    Love him or loathe him, you have to admit that the man is as tough as nails.

  51. Raider-in-PA says: Dec 16, 2011 10:56 AM

    Doesnt matter, San Fran will win no matter who’s playing for Pittsburgh…

  52. rayriceisnice says: Dec 16, 2011 11:07 AM

    Two words….GO RAVENS

  53. njhitman says: Dec 16, 2011 11:10 AM

    ravensandtigers says:Dec 16, 2011 10:42 AM

    Injury reports all together are a bunch of BS. So many teams report and dont report injuries and non-injuries to try to throw off the other teams game plan. This is just another tactic the Steelers are using and just using it as an excuse to give Ben’s fat a** a chance to take off a few days and rest for the last few weeks and into the post season.
    ——————————————————-
    So your saying Ray didn’t hurt his little toe ? I guess he was out hiding the white suit that the DAs been looking for Which the case is still open so the charge of obstruction of justice means s___t

  54. cincyhokie says: Dec 16, 2011 11:31 AM

    Ben is tough and he does take alot of hits. But have you ever heard someone talk SO much about their injuries? What is the benefit to that?

    Even TO who loved him some him never went on and on about his injuries…and TO is as egocentric as you can get.

    If every NFL player talked about their injuries as much as Ben, you’d find there are ALOT of tough mofo’s in the NFL who play through pain all of the time.

  55. mikemart77 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:31 AM

    The only way I see Monday Night being a decent game is if the Ravens lose Sunday.

    If the Ravens win I could see the Steelers rest all of their injured players – Roethlisberger, Pouncey, Polamalu and even Woodley. There’s no point risking more injuries if they’re just going to get a wildcard anyway. Might as well start resting up and get ready for the playoffs.

  56. ravensandtigers says: Dec 16, 2011 11:43 AM

    Something like that. Ray said he probably could have played the past couple weeks. They need to rest his old bones for late season and the play offs.

  57. waxthat says: Dec 16, 2011 12:00 PM

    I hope he plays.

  58. benandjerrysberryhorny says: Dec 16, 2011 12:01 PM

    Good news. Ben will have a harder time chasing his victims down as they run away.

  59. Deb says: Dec 16, 2011 12:03 PM

    Here’s the thing about Ben: He has played through a lot of pain and serious injuries–some more serious than people even realized at the time. He has taken more hits and sacks than any other QB in the league and managed to keep going in spite of it all. He is the consummate tough guy on the field.

    And he’s also kinda dramatic.

  60. rwmilli says: Dec 16, 2011 12:04 PM

    Uhh last time I checked ” cracked, fractured ” aren’t anything near broken, not saying the guy isn’t tough but he did NOT play an a truly broken leg, but only your typical dumb American could believe that 🙂 ❤ don't be mad because your gullible.

  61. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 16, 2011 12:18 PM

    The only cure for a sour ankle is some Dave Tellefson one-a-days. Just ask DeMarco Murray.

  62. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 16, 2011 12:21 PM

    Colt McCoy is tougher 🙂

  63. agent6burgh says: Dec 16, 2011 12:33 PM

    Did anyone read the articles where it says “Ben declined comment when asked about his ankle” ? So how is this qualified as talking too much about his injury ? Anyone who doubts the injury should re-watch the video replay of that play in slow motion. Tom Brady would have deposited a dark stain on the bottom of his uni pants had that been him.
    Go Chargers on SNF !!!!!

  64. yorgozam says: Dec 16, 2011 12:39 PM

    It’s really cool to read all of the negative comments from all of you Big Ben Haters. . . or should I say,
    Losers! The guy has destroyed many teams hopes and post-season dreams. . . . including yours! Oh well. Your teams wouldn’t know what to do with success anyway. And by the way. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ravens=Losers!

  65. rogerbrad says: Dec 16, 2011 1:05 PM

    Whine, whine, whine… Roethlisberger is looking for some more pity

  66. thuff6 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:14 PM

    I do not understand why a lot of people are always bashing the steelers. They are a good team and it’s a wonderful city I think that people just hate or dislike them because they’ve done so well over the years. Grow up and if your team doesnt win then accept it. Nobody likes a are loser. As far as big Ben is concerned he played on a hurt ankle and that’s more than most do in today’s NFL. What happened to innocent until proven guilty also, haters let it go, shut and let them play the game!

  67. bigbenroth07 says: Dec 16, 2011 2:30 PM

    Must be all the whining fans of teams that big Ben has beaten and ya Raven fans as well. Every single one of you Big Ben haters would take him as your QB tomorrow. No body ever won all their starts as a rookie but Ben did (NFL RECORD) 2 rings and 3 appearances in the Super Bowl, top 5 quarterback and we will ride this tough drama queen all the way to Indy…….. losers…

  68. dmobey says: Dec 16, 2011 8:24 PM

    Fixed that for you Deb

    ***********************************

    Deb says:
    Dec 16, 2011 12:03 PM
    Here’s the thing about Ben: He has played through a lot of pain and serious injuries–some more serious than people even realized at the time. He has taken more hits and sacks than any other QB in the league and managed to keep going in spite of it all. He is the consummate tough guy on the field.

    And he’s also kinda dreamy.

  69. dmobey says: Dec 16, 2011 8:28 PM

    Ha ha ha ha

    The doctors determined he had the equivalent of a twisted ankle.

    Now that he’s caught so much grief about being a drama queen – AGAIN – he’s trying to pretend it’s worse.

    What a flipping girl.

    Any other QB would have walked it off.

    Tebow wouldn’t have even realized he got hit.

    Everything he does is in a vain attempt to look tough to others. Everything from faking an ankle sprain to forcing girls in a bathroom while posting a guard outside.

    Hope he REALLY gets hurt one of these days.

  70. callieqw says: Dec 17, 2011 3:28 PM

    all of you who hate the steelers and ben, just hate the fact that your team and QB are wussies!

  71. dmobey says: Dec 19, 2011 10:36 PM

    I’m a Pittsburgh fan and I think rapists rule!

  72. dmobey says: Dec 19, 2011 10:39 PM

    Uh, yeah, except Tebow is a Christian and Roethlisberger is a rapist.

    Oh yeah, and Tebow walks off twisted ankles while Bathroom Ben puts on a show.

    And finally, of course, Raplisberger throws picks when it matters.

    Other than that, almost identical.

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    citizenstrange says:
    Dec 16, 2011 10:45 AM

    Roethlisberger was Tebow before Tebow was Tebow.

    GO STEELERS!

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