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Roethlisberger will wear special padding to protect rib

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When Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returns to action on Sunday, nearly a month after injuring his shoulder and suffering a dislocated rib, he’ll be carrying some extra baggage.

Per the Associated Press, Roethlisberger will wear a “custom fit rib/chest compression shirt.” Also, a layer of “Kevlar-lined composite” has been added to his shoulder pads to absorb hits to the shoulder/clavicle region.

That raises an obvious question.  Why don’t more players use this when they’re not injured?

We realize the balance between having enough equipment to be safe and not so much that it affects speed and mobility, but if these lightweight materials can be used to prevent potential rib and/or shoulder and/or collarbone injuries, it would make sense to use them not only when coming back from an injury to those areas, but to avoid having the injuries in the first place.

Or he could just wear his giant Costanza-style Gore-Tex coat.  That thing looks impenetrable.

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16 Responses to “Roethlisberger will wear special padding to protect rib”
  1. Stiller43 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:51 PM

    Tomlin wears the real gortex. That things got nothin on it.

  2. dealer009 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:56 PM

    I really question the Steeler’s use of Kevlar with everything.

    It is supposedly harder than steel, and Headhunter Harrison wants it in helmets?

    Just because something is strong doesn’t mean it is the safest material for helmets and other equipment. If anything, the Kevlar may weaponize a helmet or give a false sense of security.

    In Hockey, harder elbow pads have simply resulted in many more concussions from elbows to the head.

  3. farty5 says: Dec 6, 2012 7:07 PM

    Wouldn’t be Roethlisberger if it wasn’t ‘special’

  4. bmore44 says: Dec 6, 2012 7:15 PM

    So when Ben gets hurt Sunday . Who will they blame?

  5. ravenator says: Dec 6, 2012 7:38 PM

    Haha this is so premature, like a steeler fan celebrating a playoffs birth. This team is in second place with losses to the raiders titans and browns. Pathetic. What will the excuses be when they lose to the lowly chargers, I wonder.

  6. Deb says: Dec 6, 2012 7:51 PM

    I doubt the use of a special Kevlar layer to protect Roethlisberger’s shoulder and clavicle is going to result in more concussions … unless guys are going for his shoulder and clavicle with the crown of their helmets. Players should use more lightweight body armor to protect their ribs and their thighs prior to injury.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 6, 2012 8:35 PM

    Ben developed the special padding himself. It’s called fat.

  8. rodneyx001 says: Dec 6, 2012 9:24 PM

    Makes no sense for Ben to be out there. Last week couldn’t even play toss. Now ready to suite up for a full contact NFL game…
    Great call coach, jack another season.
    I.E. – S.F.

  9. rodneyx001 says: Dec 6, 2012 9:39 PM

    Will Tomlin finally make a coaching decision?

  10. hines86for6 says: Dec 6, 2012 9:52 PM

    @ravenator

    The Ravens lost to the hapless iggles, Charlie freaking Batch @home and got dismantled by The Texans. You’d have another loss and a sweep handed to you if Ben plays in that first game, and you know it.

    But by all means, keep chirping; you have an elite QB to fall back on… lulz

  11. dontstabmeray says: Dec 6, 2012 10:05 PM

    Its ok if he doesnt play, charlie batch just made a laughingstock of the ravens and he can do the same to the chargers

  12. jtm12180 says: Dec 6, 2012 10:39 PM

    Ravenator said: Haha this is so premature, like a steeler fan celebrating a playoffs birth. This team is in second place with losses to the raiders titans and browns. Pathetic. What will the excuses be when they lose to the lowly chargers, I wonder.

    ——————-

    Or when they lose to Baltimore week 13……oh wait, never mind…..

  13. jtm12180 says: Dec 6, 2012 10:47 PM

    I find it humorous how Ben is always labeled “fat,” while cam newton Carson Palmer and josh freeman are just about identical in height/weight and are NEVER mentioned in these discussions. Amazing how winning two Super Bowls can label people differently!

  14. jgammell2012 says: Dec 6, 2012 10:51 PM

    first let me say I am neither a fan of steelers or ravens but I have to say something. I think both teams are first class. Both are great and have great personal and players and some of their games are the best rivalries. I cannot believe this ravenator guy! seriously dude are you 13 years old? I think you might not be and I believe you are a true fan of the ravens which is great but come on its fine to root for your team but you rag on the steelers and make statements that are just insane. I challenge you to have some class for once and root for your ravens and hope they go all the way but respect the steelers cause they are a great organization as is the ravens and realize they have some great players and great fans

  15. lobzila says: Dec 7, 2012 1:24 AM

    He will be alright, he is playing my Chargers and won’t get touched by them until next year.

  16. txtuff says: Dec 7, 2012 1:51 AM

    dealer009 says:
    Dec 6, 2012 6:56 PM
    I really question the Steeler’s use of Kevlar with everything.

    It is supposedly harder than steel, and Headhunter Harrison wants it in helmets?

    Just because something is strong doesn’t mean it is the safest material for helmets and other equipment. If anything, the Kevlar may weaponize a helmet or give a false sense of security.

    In Hockey, harder elbow pads have simply resulted in many more concussions from elbows to the head.

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    Tradtional Kevlar is not hard, it is a fabric. When it is hit by a object it absorbs the energy and sends it in all directions away from where the impact was made. So it is far from a weapon!

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