Ben Roethlisberger suffered setback in Cleveland

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We’ve seen a lot of predictions that the Steelers will blow out the Broncos this weekend.

People making those predictions must not have watched Steelers-Browns last week. Pittsburgh is banged up, and they have had trouble pulling away from mediocre teams on the road.  (Think 13-9 over Kansas City.)

Most importantly, Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t look like Ben Roethlisberger at the moment. Big Ben told Pittsburgh reporters Wednesday that he suffered a setback in his high ankle sprain against the Browns.

Roethlisberger was seen limping through the locker room Wednesday.  Mark Koboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review noted wryly Ben’s limp happened right when Roethlisberger walked past an ESPN crew.

“I felt really good going into the Cleveland game,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t know if I caught it on the ground wrong or got hit. . . . . we’ll see, we’ll be alright.”

We didn’t see a limp from Roethlisberger in the Browns game. We also didn’t see an effective quarterback. Roethlisberger averaged 5.5 yards-per-attempt, which was easily his lowest mark of the season.

88 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger suffered setback in Cleveland

  1. It made almost no sense to play him against the Browns. Yes, they had a shot at a bye, but Pittsburgh knows with a healthy QB, they can go into Baltimore and beat the Ravens, they know they can beat the Patriots – but they can’t do either without roethlisberger being healthy. the steelers had to see the big picture – not to mention beating the browns with a backup QB was possible

  2. @doggy

    Von, Yes, Doom, yes. Champ, no. He’s all used up, name recognition got him inoto the probowl. Bowe and Orton made a fool of him in 2 quarters he played last week. If Champ was any good do you think Orton, who is bad,(though not near as bad as Tebow) would go right at him?

  3. The Steelers have alot of important players injured. Rapeyburger, Mendenhall, Pouncey, Clark, Woodley, Polamalu. The the game will be closer than people think. Hell I’ll go as far and say the Broncos will win, and I am not a fan.

  4. I def saw him where he got hurt again in the 2nd half. I remember thinking the announcer was going to say something

  5. Tomlin was an idiot to start Ben against the 49ers (a game he single-handedly lost for them by accounting for all 4 turnovers himself), and even bigger idiot for starting him against Cleveland (a game they barely won but that didn’t make an iota of difference anyway). He could have been resting that ankle for a full month now and be ready for the 1st playoff game, but because of bad coaching decisions he’ll be limping into Denver and stinking the place up again with his mediocre play. Let’s face it, Ben isn’t Ben if he can’t scramble around and put weight on his feet – and he just can’t with this ankle sprain. SIT HIM this week, or until he’s healthy enough to be effective again!

  6. Not sure I buy it.
    i.e…”didn’t see a limp in the Browns game.”
    Neither did I.

    It’s certainly not uncommon for a team to throw something like that out days before a playoff game.

  7. I can’t say I’ll shed a tear for Roethlisberger, but I have been counting on Pitt taking out Denver and New England in the playoffs to ultimately come to Baltimore for the AFC Championship. Hey, even if he has to sit against the Broncos, I would think Batch is decent enough to run the offense and take care of business there.

    Now if Ben isn’t healthy enough by the second round, all bets are off…

  8. On the field, it’s really hard to bet against this guy. His “IT” factor is just what teams must have in the playoffs…….bad ankle or not.

  9. spungy says:
    Jan 4, 2012 1:57 PM
    Well, perhaps Tebow can heal him after the game.

    ________________

    Spungy……. just wanted to say I don’t know why all the thumbs down…. I think this might have been the greatest PFT comment ever! Had me literally laugh out loud

  10. It’s a rare sprain which only flares up after you throw a pick or are walking by an ESPN crew or need to lay groundwork for an impending embarrassing loss.

    Basically, Rothlisberger is suffering from Costanza-like symptoms.

  11. Ben will be fine. He always is. It’s just another story in his great nfl career. Hall of fame stuff people. You’ll be able to tell your grandkids about big ben. They probably wont believe you though. Afterall he is superman. And he will deliver in the playoffs. He always does! IN BEN WE TRUST….

  12. Getting kind of old hearing (but not seeing) all these different injuries bathroom Ben has(supposedly). Float the belief that he is hurt and then if the team wins he is considered tough and a hero, but if they lose his “injury” is a great excuse.

    Why doesn’t the media start calling this phony b!atch out for what he really is?

  13. Isn’t Pittsburgh playing the Denver Tebows (or is it the Tebow Broncos) this weekend? The Steeler offense might not have to score for them to win.

  14. Ben Roethlisberger should have sat out the Browns game. He is a liability as a pocket QB. He is a one read, extend the play backyard QB. Without his ability to extend the play he’s Joe Flacco without a checkdown to Rice. His small receivers need time to run their crossing routes and nines or to get open after being covered on their below average route running. Being slow back to a seven step isn’t good for the passing game or to make screen/draws effective. The defense, however,will come up big as usual.

  15. I think Ben is fine and wants everyone to think he has had a “set back”. If he wins ( i hope not), he will be a hero, if he loses (hopefully) then he has a built in excuse…Go Broncos!

  16. even if Rothy is actually hurt, Tebows gotta put 250 yards and 2-3 TD in the air to win this game….

    the thing is, Tebow can’t do that…..

  17. “they can go into Baltimore and beat the Ravens, they know they can beat the Patriots”

    Maybe they know it but they certainly can’t DO IT!!!

  18. Ben Roethlisberger at 50% is more effective than Tebow at 100%. Tebow has no confidence and neither does his receivers.

    The Steelers defense is still going to go to the game and because of that, I still predict a 17-0 Pittsburgh win.

    I was a huge Tebow fan, but he is unable to mentally process the game – that is the bottom line. I feel bad for the kid, I was hoping he could make it.

  19. I want R____berger and his ankle to go away. Hero if he wins, victim if he loses. If your team does not have an o-line good enough to protect an overweight QB and doesn’t spend cap money wisely than it’s not a good team. Enough excuses, just lose to the broncos, go home and prepare whiny excuses for 2012.

  20. Hahahahahaha. Even I thought “drama queen” when I first read this blurb. Oh, Ben, Ben, Ben.

    And, BTW, geniuses – his name is KAboly.

  21. Big Pig Ben is still walking better than the terrorist sympathiser Medenturd who is done for the year . KARMA BABY ! the Steelers won both games on the scoreboard but my Browns beat you up . even if you did end McCoys season .

    WOOF WOOF WOOF !

  22. 1) The weather was probably a factor. very strong winds (didn’t they say gusts up to 50 mph?) and some snow and the cold.
    2) The Browns pass defense has been solid all season
    3) The ankle

  23. jbaxt says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:03 PM
    @doggy

    Von, Yes, Doom, yes. Champ, no. He’s all used up, name recognition got him inoto the probowl. Bowe and Orton made a fool of him in 2 quarters he played last week. If Champ was any good do you think Orton, who is bad,(though not near as bad as Tebow) would go right at him?
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    Champ is no where near used up and he earned the pro bowl nod this year unlike Ray Lewis.

    You watched one bad game of his, if you saw any others you’d see he was rock solid for the vast majority of the year.

  24. Does the drama queen act get as old to you folks in Pittsburgh as it does the rest of us around the country?

    If they play the Ravens next week, they are going to bring out one of those curtains they use before they put down an animal and finish this guy off.

  25. dunner513The gamble to play Ben the game after he injured his leg will prove costly. He is obviously the best choice when healthy but was too hurt to play in 49er game. I’d argue at worst Steelers wouldve gone 2-1 these past few weeks with backups. Ben scored a total of 30 pts these past 3 games while hurt. 10 points a game will not cut it in the playoffs. He shouldve sat those 3 weeks and he’d be a lot healthier and possible had a bye on 5 weeks rest. This was a bad call that will cost them.

  26. Lets hope Ben is fine and the stillers take care of the broncos. I want to see the patriots embaress them again in the playoffs.

  27. Why all the Ben injury hate? Conspiracy theories all around about him faking injuries. Not a shred of evidence to back it up. The thing is, Ben Roethlisberger is by far the toughest QB in the league, and unless your QB is Brees, Brady, or Rodgers, your team would love to have him as QB. He brings toughness to this pussified league, and the fact is that everyone cannot appreciate that. Us Steeler fans have your back, Ben. Haters gonna hate.

  28. I want R____berger and his ankle to go away. Hero if he wins, victim if he loses. If your team does not have an o-line good enough to protect an overweight QB and doesn’t spend cap money wisely than it’s not a good team. Enough excuses, just lose to the broncos, go home and prepare whiny excuses for 2012.

  29. Going to have to agree with wuzupfolks on this one, I don’t know whether he is fine or not, but there is more Ben drama year in and year out than any other player I feel. We get it, you’re a tough guy. You don’t need to remind us every week that you are injured just so we can swing on your apples when you win injured. It’s the NFL, many play through injuries.

  30. rc33 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:06 PM
    Not sure I buy it.
    i.e…”didn’t see a limp in the Browns game.”
    Neither did I.

    It’s certainly not uncommon for a team to throw something like that out days before a playoff game.

    __
    Or to put the same fake injury on the injury report, week after week…year after year.

  31. The Browns D really knows how to lay the smack down. They have one of the toughest D’s in the league!

  32. This is a true story. At one point in my life I lived out in the country and had several dogs. One was a German Shepherd who who was a GREAT dog but liked to run away every now and then.

    She must have hurt her paw one time and come home limping and instead of being mad at her I was probably extra nice to her and worried about her injury.

    EVERY SINGLE TIME after that whenever she came home after being out she would come in limping and hold her paw up and whine to get pity.

  33. Funny how Pittsburgh is suddenhly a better team just becasue Denver is struggling. They couldnt put up points against the Chiefs, the Browns or the Niners and all 3 have pretty good dfenses. Know who else has that? Denver. Say what you want about Tebow, but what does it matter if the Broncos cant score if the Steelers cant either? I think its going to be a really good, close game. Just my opinion.

  34. Hero if he wins, victim if he loses. If your team does not have an o-line good enough to protect an overweight QB and doesn’t spend cap money wisely than it’s not a good team. Enough excuses, just lose to the broncos, go home and prepare whiny excuses for 2012.

  35. flaccodelic

    I forgot something else. A) He threw no picks in the game.

    B) He was limping throughout the game. Maybe you should have watched it.

    C) A high ankle sprain normally takes 4-6 weeks to heal with constant rehab and no aggravations.

    It’s more likely that he aggravated the sprain by, I don’t know, playing football than it is that he is covering up for bad play.

    If you’ve ever suffered a high ankle sprain or if you’ve ever talked to a medical professional, I probably wouldn’t have to clear this up for you.

  36. It’s a rare sprain which only flares up after you throw a pick or are walking by an ESPN crew or need to lay groundwork for an impending embarrassing loss.

    Basically, Rothlisberger is suffering from Costanza-like symptoms.
    ________________
    Logged in just to give you some recognition on your phenomenal post.

  37. Ben at 70% is better than batch at 100%. And starting him the last few weeks is exactly the right call. Cant sit your QB for a month and then just throw him in a playoff game all rusty…you people are so dumb. If he would of sat out for a month that would of been the dumbest thing ever! You idiots…

  38. On thing is for sure – Broncos will never get a better shot at winning than they will have this weekend.

    Somehow, the news reports are starting to remind me of the old movie “Ten Commandments” where God keeps intervening to help out Moses (Charlton Heston) against evil Pharaoh (Yul Brynner).

  39. bigperm33:

    It made almost no sense to play him against the Browns. Yes, they had a shot at a bye, but Pittsburgh knows with a healthy QB, they can go into Baltimore and beat the Ravens, they know they can beat the Patriots – but they can’t do either without roethlisberger being healthy. the steelers had to see the big picture – not to mention beating the browns with a backup QB was possible
    —————————————-

    Really? They can go into Baltimore with a healthy QB and win? They had that in the first game and got embarrassed. With a healthy Ben, Harrison, Woodley, and Mendenhall. If I was you I wouldn’t feel that confident about it. If Ben was healthy going into that game he wouldn’t be afterwards.

  40. The last Cleveland game did have the possibility of getting No. 2 seed vs No. 5. But – No way a 70% Ben is an upgrade to a 100% Batch. Watch the SF game (where we scored 3 whole points), 4 pic offs, and that pass to Heath Miller that may have resulted in a scoring drive had it not sailed away. Batch can actually step into his throws with proper form. The pain and the extra caution of being hit/reinjured are also distractions that Batch does not and will not have.

  41. The only chance the Tebows have is to blitz on 70 -80% of the snaps and play well off the receivers. Keep the receivers in front, and knock the snot out of Ben early and often. They may be able to get 10 to 14 points off turnovers that way. Otherwise, the Tebows have no chance of scoring than 6 points on the Steelers D.

  42. Of course the benefit of hindsight allows the arm-chair QB crew to criticize the Steelers for using Ben last week.

    However, those arm-chair QBs are still wrong. The Steelers, who haven’t been a good road team this year, had to do everything they could to secure a home playoff game, especially with a Baltimore rematch looming.

    The Ravens were facing a playoff-caliber team on the road in Week 17, the same Ravens team that has struggled against non-playoff-caliber teams on the road all season.

    That #2 seed was wide open, and provides a much easier road to the Super Bowl.

  43. What a phony. No wonder Cowher hated this guy. A GRADE ONE ankle sprain is suddenly life threatening. Obviously Bathroom Ben is a little jealous of Ryan Clark and his legit injury.

  44. This is a non story.

    Ben will play the way he always does.

    The first time he makes a mistake like an int or fumble he will start limping around like he was shot in the leg.

  45. “thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 4, 2012 2:18 PM
    Why doesn’t the media start calling this phony b!atch out for what he really is?”

    Yeah, I think Rosenthal just did!

  46. …and they have had trouble pulling away from mediocre teams on the road. (Think 13-9 over Kansas City.)
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    I am sorry…..didn’t KC beat GB? Yeah, the Steelers really got away with one there.

  47. steelersownyou….be careful big guy…..your prognostications sound very much like those of a few weeks ago, where the Steelers would win the division and the Ravens would lose to Cincy……Might want to take a break from predicting things for a while

  48. bozosforall says: Jan 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    rc33 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:06 PM
    Not sure I buy it.
    i.e…”didn’t see a limp in the Browns game.”
    Neither did I.

    It’s certainly not uncommon for a team to throw something like that out days before a playoff game.

    __
    Or to put the same fake injury on the injury report, week after week…year after year.

    ———————————————

    Roethlisberger is as tough as they come as that’s to be admired. Not insinuating he’s not injured, just wondering (with this report) if there’s an element of gamesmanship going on.
    In a related item, bozos is a complete and thorough putz whose compromised opinion on anything is of zero significance.

  49. I was going to respond to specific lines of bullsh*t being posted over and over here. But the clear winner here is the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans.

    The accumulation of envy and jealosy for the Steelers success must just eat at the haters guts 24/7….NICE!

    Since you are not able to brag about your teams successes (49ers and Cowboys aside) you turn to insults and half truths. Good, you be disappointed again when Denver gets plowed under Sunday.

  50. A few points:
    1) I have read many posters on pft.com speak about how this is only a “mild high ankle sprain”. As a medical professional, ankle fractures generally heal about as quickly as “mild” high ankle sprains…..and that’s grade I’s. Grade II’s (sometimes) and III’s generally require surgical stabilization to secure the joint integrity of the distal tib/fib region.
    2) I am a Steelers fan. I whole-heartedly think that we’ll get beat this weekend by the Broncos. We are so banged up it’s crazy. There isn’t a game that is played where Ben doesn’t improvise in the pocket (except for maybe the New England game). If we make it past the Broncos then look for defeat against Ravens.

  51. I’m convinced “steelersownyou” is Hines Ward. He’s always ranting on about nothing,is consistently wrong,everybody hates him,and he comments on every post. We all know Ward has extra time on his hands since he got sat down for being ineffective.

  52. Easy Ravenator. I heard some of your dumb predictions. You live in a glass house. Dont throw stones…

  53. caseyanthonymunoz says:Jan 4, 2012 4:15 PM

    What a phony. No wonder Cowher hated this guy. A GRADE ONE ankle sprain is suddenly life threatening. Obviously Bathroom Ben is a little jealous of Ryan Clark and his legit injury.
    **********************************************

    I always thought highly of Bill, and now I find we have something in common, hating Pig Ben Rottenberger.

    Wake up, Pittsburgh, and get rid of this scumbag!

  54. It wouldn’t be a Steelers story without the obsessive rantings of caseyanthonymunoz and antibenapalooza. Guess there’s not much to say about your Bengals and Ravens, huh? Cowher sometimes had trouble dealing with Roethlisberger’s ego, but they’ve reconnected in the last year, and Bill’s issued statements very supportive of Ben. So you guys must have gotten the wrong info from your beauty-shop hotlines. 😆

    Yes, hammertoe11, we’ll be sure to retire our 29-year-old three-time Super Bowler just as soon as the season’s over 🙄

  55. The poor decisionmaking surrounding the 49ers game continues to haunt us. I hope it doesn’t wind up costing us the season.

  56. What a load of crap. Ben was limping the whole time, even the commentators were bringing it up. It’s amazing how nasty things can be published that are obviously so ridiculous, and how so many of you jump on the bandwagon. Pathetic.

  57. Ben will step up as usual and play a good game when needed. He is the leader of the team and everyone plays better when he is running the ship. Should be a good game.

  58. @Deb: You’re one of the few Steelers fans I don’t instantly dismiss. That being said,even you can tell Ben’s jacked up. Dude is the walking wounded out there,and walking is just a figurative term. Batch should’ve been playing the last 4 games,and if he goes out and throws 2 picks against the Broncos early he needs to be sat down. At least give the other 52 guys a chance. I said the same thing about Flacco versus the Colts 2 years ago.

  59. Some times, one wants to be proven wrong – and this was one of those times.

    Unfortunately (very unfortunately), this was not one of those times.

    It was insane to have rolled Ben and Wood out there with such a tiny chance of upside. Risk? Very high. Reward? Very very unlikely.

    Been beating this game since word got out that Ben and Woodley were going to give it a go against the ‘Niners.

    Not only do we not learn from that awful set of mistakes, we run Ben (and Pouncey) out against the Browns.

    Downside? Ben and Woodley very predictably aggravated real difference-making injuries.

    Upside? Zippo.

    We could have had Been, the Wood-man, Pouncey and others rested, healthy and ready to rock the tournament in the exact same position they’re in now.

    Instead, we go in with a raggedy beat up team with all kinds of issues and unnecessary performance compromises.

    Spectacular.

    There’s NO coach in the NFL I’d ever trade for Tomlin (just love the guy) – but WTF was the thought process here???

    Not cool.

  60. The steelers are desperate to keep Pace with Baltimore and they have failed throughout the year. Now they are beat up and on their way to Baltimore next week for another blowout loss. It’s baltimores year in the afc north. If Tomlin was smart which I think he is (I think he’s a great coach) he’d sit Ben this week cause Denver is a joke, and Pitts d is very good

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