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The Steelers have a week off after returning home from London as the self-proclaimed worst team in the NFL.

And that should give their quarterback time to recover from what seems like a minor injury.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a subluxation of his right index finger. That’s a big word for a partial dislocation, and since it didn’t keep him from finishing last week’s game, shouldn’t be much of a concern.

After all, he still has all 10 fingers, so he can’t complain.

If he does — or more importantly, if he doesn’t win a game soon — Steelers fans will be offering a finger of their own.

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  1. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    A nine-fingered Ben is still twice the QB his division foes have, and most of the league for that matter.

  2. Bill Belichick says: Oct 1, 2013 12:54 PM

    Here we go again… Now everytime Big Ben throws a bad pass, he will take a knee, flex his hand, look at his fingers, and then get up and jog to the huddle. It is the Big Ben playbook. I have no doubt he is a tough dude, you dont get to the NFL being a pansy, but come on dude. Most people pretend to not be injured, this dude plays up every injury well beyond what it really is… Have you ever seen that behavior from Brees, Brady, either Manning, Montana, etc? Nope, you only see it from Big Ben, and Romo…

  3. wearethesteelers says: Oct 1, 2013 12:57 PM

    Look, Steeler Nation™ wins games. Not at the moment; this team is built for January. We will let everything go this month and our momentum will only build. This will be the most glorious Super Bowl run yet. Meanwhile, you cry yourself to sleep (LOL).

    Six Rings™

  4. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:02 PM

    Not worried.
    As long as we have Big Ben.
    Oh.
    Wait.
    Never mind.

    I look forward to seeing this post re-posted by the Don Rickles of PFT, thebigfool…

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 1, 2013 1:02 PM

    ok, wearethesteelers, I’ll bite. What in the world are those trademark symbols for?

  6. whoisrdymlz says: Oct 1, 2013 1:04 PM

    ^no matter the time zone you’re in, it’s way too early in the day to be drinking that heavily.

  7. wearethesteelers says: Oct 1, 2013 1:16 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Oct 1, 2013 1:02 PM
    ok, wearethesteelers, I’ll bite. What in the world are those trademark symbols for?

    Steeler Nation™ and 6 rings™

    We can’t have others using our expressions. Well, we guess no one else can say “6 rings”.

  8. hjworton46 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:19 PM

    Steelers will have a scarily high draft pick…and probably a new HC to make it.

  9. christopha11 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:22 PM

    Steelers have not developed a new talent since 2006, besides a center. The reasons you were good a half decade ago have all retired or been let go. Pittsburgh no longer reloads; you now retire. No replacements for Hines Ward, Willie Parker, Faneca, Hampton. Once Polamalu, Big Ben, Ryan Clark say goodbye, turn out the lights, the party’s over.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 1, 2013 1:26 PM

    If only my team had young, rising stars like Dalton, Weeden, Flacco, Hoyer….

  11. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 1, 2013 1:37 PM

    “Steelers fans will be offering a finger of their own.”

    Steeler fans actually have fingers? Who knew?

  12. ken49ers says: Oct 1, 2013 1:38 PM

    Nobody feels sorry for those towel waving jackwagons. Calling themselves bad is taking the easy way out.

  13. trollingforjustice says: Oct 1, 2013 1:40 PM

    its still too early to say the steelers are the worst team in the NFL. but it is safe to say they are the worst in EUROPE…..

  14. allday28mvpmvp says: Oct 1, 2013 1:47 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Oct 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    A nine-fingered Ben is still twice the QB his division foes have, and most of the league for that matter.

    ——

    Ben is pretty good but hes not twice as good as anyone at the position. Be realistic. Ben can scramble and is good in and out of the pocket. He ranks right around 8th-10th best QB in the NFL

  15. holeinone09 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:49 PM

    bobz, thanks for your daily dose of Ben-hate. To bad Ben gave up that 70 yard TD pass, or the 50 yard TD run. Or made more tackles than he did. Yep, he should be benched for giving up 34 points… Consider not watching the game, you might smile more often. I almost hope they start Grad, then we would see what he does in the face of a sieve of an OL like we have now, every play, every game.

    Nah, I will stick with Ben, thanks. He gives us the best chance to win.

  16. lovefootball4life says: Oct 1, 2013 2:06 PM

    Question is how much drama can he create about his one injured digit?

  17. d10ballfan says: Oct 1, 2013 2:14 PM

    Oh another Big Ben injury he will talke about after a loss and probably limp off the field after a win (if that happens).

    Remember when he said he “injured” his foot and Tomlin and company had no idea and said he wasn’t injured.

    Good stuff. I love Monday mornings cause Steeler Nation is quiet. I’m sure most have jumped off the bandwagon by now.

  18. deepseabreeze says: Oct 1, 2013 2:20 PM

    There is only one true nation: The Raider Nation

  19. dontlikecravens says: Oct 1, 2013 2:26 PM

    I’m ready to offer two of the same fingers for the two second round “talents” at offensive tackle. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be talking about the finger in question or discussing a 0-4 start. The wiffs I’ve seen on blocking from these guys is stunning to say the least.

  20. nfloracle says: Oct 1, 2013 2:26 PM

    What’s with all the bird flipping references? I think this the third or fourth one in two days.

  21. citizenstrange says: Oct 1, 2013 2:28 PM

    If the Steeler offense was even just slightly below average they would be 3-1.

  22. leksington says: Oct 1, 2013 2:33 PM

    Look, Steeler Nation™ wins games. Not at the moment; this team is built for January. We will let everything go this month and our momentum will only build. This will be the most glorious Super Bowl run yet. Meanwhile, you cry yourself to sleep (LOL).

    Six Rings™
    ————————————————-

    Stairway to 0-7

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 1, 2013 2:35 PM

    “If the Steeler offense was even just slightly below average they would be 3-1.”
    ——————————————————
    Very true. I am glad that we haven’t had a massive fail from both sides of the ball. It’d be like getting scored on 7 times in one game, then go out and throw 5 picks. What to blame, what to blame….

  24. troy43mvp says: Oct 1, 2013 2:37 PM

    If the Rooney’s don’t fire Tomlin which they probably won’t because they don’t fire anyone, when they trim all of the fat off of the roster to free up salary cap room (Foote, Kiesel will retire, they can get rid of Ziggy Hood, Cam Heyward and McClendon as far as I am concerned, Foster and Gilbert too. Most of all they need to get a lines coach. Someone who can develop talent. If they fire him now the O line can have the rest of the year to work with the new coach. Tomlin keeps saying no excuses and still doesn’t have a team ready every week. This is the bye week. Come on Tomlin enough of your lip service. Let’s see what you are going to do. Maybe it will be more of what you don’t do like in the off season. This offensive line issue is not a new development so you can’t blame injury.

  25. citizenstrange says: Oct 1, 2013 2:42 PM

    On the bright side Hall of Fame game-changer Troy Polamalu was up at the line of scrimmage stopping the run all game so while as per usual he had zero sacks and zero interceptions he did make two tackles.

  26. ambitoos says: Oct 1, 2013 2:49 PM

    Bring the Buss back from retirement and all your worries will go away. The Steelers have to have a running game. They can’t win without it.

  27. dickroy says: Oct 1, 2013 2:49 PM

    I’m not a band wagon fan. I’m still here. My Steelers are 0-4 and very bad this year I admit.
    Ben is at least one of the top five QB’s. He does have to learn how to hang on to the ball, when he gets hit, because he knows its going to happen often with our horrible O Line.
    Even at 0-4 we are still in second place at two games out in our division. I also am starting to think that we just don’t have the talent or the coaching to turn it around this year. Even our defense is slipping. I am a realist, but I will continue to support my team.
    We will be back. That’s what the Steelers do!

  28. koenig61 says: Oct 1, 2013 2:57 PM

    If brad had a partial dislocation of a finger, Goodell would send a team of DRs to ensure he was ok. Ben hasn’t said one word about this injury. It was obvious he hurt it, because as soon as he threw the pass he grabbed his hand and the team dr came over on the sidelines. Yes I’m sure at some point Ben will mention it, but more likely it will be because a reporter asks him about it. Any QB who has his nose broken and restraightened on the side lines and plays the rest of the game is tough enough for me. Steeler fans are upset at losing because they aren’t used to it. It’s better than being a browns fan and being used to losing, or behaving like you won the SB because you actually won a regular season game and don’t have a losing record. Most fans are giving Haley the finger, and not giving the finger to Ben. Well except for the usual few steeler fans who hate Ben, and think he’s over rated, and refuse to give him any credit. Apparently they forgot the bubby brister, Mark Malone, kordell Stewart, tommy Maddox years.

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 3:03 PM

    Cue the grumpy old lonely Ben Basher to spew his daily portion of blah blah Ben sucks…..yup just another day in steeler nation.

  30. koenig61 says: Oct 1, 2013 3:05 PM

    Meant Brady in my above comment, not brad

  31. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 3:15 PM

    Cue the grumpy guru of Ben bashing for a three hundred word diatribe we have suffered thru way too many times. Give it a rest……really.

  32. Deb says: Oct 1, 2013 3:34 PM

    citizenstrange …

    I get your issues with Ben and think this is the season to trade him. But I still have a hard time believing any real Steelers fan has that much animosity toward Troy.

    dickroy …

    Thank you. I can understand our rivals gloating over our downturn but don’t understand why they think we’ve gone anywhere. We’re still here … through thick and thin.

    troy43mvp …

    All that sounds good, but … replacing that many players takes money. It also takes sound player-personnel decisionmaking, which we seem to have lacked in the last couple of years. And the downside is that for every vet we replace with young talent, we’re looking at more inexperience–which is part of the problem now. We have too much inexperience and not enough leaders on that offense–and it shows. We need to rebuild, but I don’t want to see the defense get any greener. Keisel will probably retire, but maybe Foote has another year.

    ambitoos …

    The Bus has left the station, but you’re right about us needing another big, bruising back. If we don’t find our Peterson–or even a runt like Sproles–we’ll never get our running game off the ground.

  33. patsbrat says: Oct 1, 2013 3:37 PM

    @dickroy: Overall I applaud your post. You show loyalty to your team in good times and times not as good.

    Not sure about Ben in top 5 though. This year so far:

    1. Payton
    2. Brady
    3. Brees
    4. Rodgers
    5. Alex Smith

  34. citizenstrange says: Oct 1, 2013 3:49 PM

    Deb, I actually like Troy it’s just that I call a spade a spade and consider him overrated. His “splash play” career sacks, interceptions and TD numbers are very modest (e.g. two career TDs), he is a liability on pass coverage and bites on a first move like a gopher diving into a hole so when he makes only two tackles — his supposed “specialty” — in a game it is what it is.

  35. dickroy says: Oct 1, 2013 3:53 PM

    @ Deb,
    Yes we are!

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 4:34 PM

    lovefootball4life | Oct 1, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT
    Question is how much drama can he create about his one injured digit?

    Funny you should mention drama when Einstein Suggs is making news with his SB comments. Skippy the. Ravens wrote the script on drama and the art of whining. You look silly again commenting on anybody else with that stable of morons in Baltimore as your pride and joy….ssshh don’t you know the egg goes in your mouth not on your face.

  37. Deb says: Oct 1, 2013 4:36 PM

    @citizen …

    Okay … I can see what you’re saying. He’s played hurt the last couple of years and been a shell of his former self. Otherwise, I think his unique playing style forces offenses to work around him, which creates confusion. His personal stats may not wow, but he enables other players to get the stats and has played a major role in our defensive dominance. He’s finally getting back up to speed. Unfortunately, he can’t do it alone.

  38. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 1, 2013 4:49 PM

    Need proof that the Steelers are indeed the worst team in the NFL right now?

    The 2013 Steelers are only the second team in NFL history to go through the first 4 games of the season without forcing any opponent turnovers. The Steeler defense has had no fumble recoveries, no interceptions…

  39. ydousuk says: Oct 1, 2013 5:47 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Oct 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    A nine-fingered Ben is still twice the QB his division foes have, and most of the league for that matter.
    —————————————————————

    Ya you can sure evaluate talent…………..

  40. tedmurph says: Oct 1, 2013 6:19 PM

    Polamalu is not overrated, and is one of the top 5 strong safety types of all time. He still forces teams to account for him. All the yrs of throwing his body arond with abandon has started to take it’s toll over the last couple of yrs. Also, sometimes his freelancing, and biting on play action can hurt more than help. Great career, still a good player.

  41. ledzep826 says: Oct 1, 2013 6:23 PM

    I just wish we had the talent and the qb the ravens have then everything would be o.k

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 6:25 PM

    ydousuk | Oct 1, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT
    crownofthehelmet says: Oct 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    A nine-fingered Ben is still twice the QB his division foes have, and most of the league for that matter.
    —————————————————————

    Ya you can sure evaluate talent…………..

    You can’t get six without it…..even a genius like you should know that. How many does your team have Timmy.

  43. ydousuk says: Oct 1, 2013 7:00 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 6:25 PM

    ydousuk | Oct 1, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT
    crownofthehelmet says: Oct 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    A nine-fingered Ben is still twice the QB his division foes have, and most of the league for that matter.
    —————————————————————

    Ya you can sure evaluate talent…………..

    You can’t get six without it…..even a genius like you should know that. How many does your team have Timmy.
    ————————————————————-

    Without what? And exactly who is Timmy Nofoolthetool?

  44. jjsteelerfan says: Oct 1, 2013 7:09 PM

    Patsbrat, your name fits you…. Take a look at your top five QB’s…. What do they all have in common??? Oh yeah an offensive line that can run/pass block…. If you put Ben behind those lines he would be number one on that list…… Except he is not afraid to get hit….the other QB’s are cry babies…. They wouldn’t last 2 years in the league because they are so soft!!!!! (Joey Porter)…. “Peyton” by the way….. Not Payton was crying because an inferior team had more days to prepare themselves for his team…. What a crybaby! The Steelers are coming together…. It’s not December yet…. All these teams now are winning and peaking at the wrong time, which is ok because they unveiling a lot of their offense for further tape breakdown and tendencies….. The good part about the Steelers, is that people are going to start to overlook them….. 😈. Go ahead…..we’ll see in December……😈

  45. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 7:55 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 6:25 PM

    ydousuk | Oct 1, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT
    crownofthehelmet says: Oct 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    A nine-fingered Ben is still twice the QB his division foes have, and most of the league for that matter.
    —————————————————————

    Ya you can sure evaluate talent…………..

    You can’t get six without it…..even a genius like you should know that. How many does your team have Timmy.
    ————————————————————-

    Without what? And exactly who is Timmy Nofoolthetool?

    The scarecrow Timmy. You have to be able to pick talent to have six . Timmy is a snot nosed wise guy who knows nothing but likes to talk trash… You look in the mirror and you’ll see Timmy.

  46. patsbrat says: Oct 1, 2013 8:40 PM

    jjsteelerfan says: Oct 1, 2013 7:09 PM

    Patsbrat, your name fits you…. Take a look at your top five QB’s…. What do they all have in common??? Oh yeah an offensive line that can run/pass block…. If you put Ben behind those lines he would be number one on that list…… Except he is not afraid to get hit….the other QB’s are cry babies…. They wouldn’t last 2 years in the league because they are so soft!!!!! (Joey Porter)…. “Peyton” by the way….. Not Payton was crying because an inferior team had more days to prepare themselves for his team…. What a crybaby! The Steelers are coming together…. It’s not December yet…. All these teams now are winning and peaking at the wrong time, which is ok because they unveiling a lot of their offense for further tape breakdown and tendencies….. The good part about the Steelers, is that people are going to start to overlook them….. 😈. Go ahead…..we’ll see in December……😈
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What I noted about my top 5 is they are all pocket passers. And I am still debating if I should have Rivers instead of Smith, but still the same conclusion applies. And your point on the O-line making a QB better is true – this is a team game.

    I do hope you feel better now that you have gotten that off your chest. Now breathe in…breathe out…in…out…think zen-like thoughts…in…out…

  47. lovefootball4life says: Oct 1, 2013 8:55 PM

    bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:02 PM

    Not worried.
    As long as we have Big Ben.
    Oh.
    Wait.
    Never mind.

    I look forward to seeing this post re-posted by the Don Rickles of PFT, thebigfool…
    ~~~~
    hey bobzilla it looks like Don Rickles got to me first. Sorry about that. He threw in some insults too. Go figure.

  48. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 1, 2013 9:03 PM

    Someone may have to help him with his next injection.

  49. ydousuk says: Oct 1, 2013 9:51 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 7:55 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 1, 2013 6:25 PM

    ydousuk | Oct 1, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT
    crownofthehelmet says: Oct 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    A nine-fingered Ben is still twice the QB his division foes have, and most of the league for that matter.
    —————————————————————

    Ya you can sure evaluate talent…………..

    You can’t get six without it…..even a genius like you should know that. How many does your team have Timmy.
    ————————————————————-

    Without what? And exactly who is Timmy Nofoolthetool?

    The scarecrow Timmy. You have to be able to pick talent to have six . Timmy is a snot nosed wise guy who knows nothing but likes to talk trash… You look in the mirror and you’ll see Timmy
    ————————————————————

    Okay then……the “scarecrow Timmy”………..

    You mad skippy?

  50. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 1, 2013 10:44 PM

    “Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a subluxation of his right index finger.”

    ———————————————————-

    That’s a fancy way of saying he’s got a ‘boo-boo’.

    “Come, let Mommy kiss it and make it better, Benny”…

  51. halftermguv says: Oct 1, 2013 11:04 PM

    @d10ballfan – “Rember when he said he “injured” his foot and Tomlin and company had no idea and said he didn’t injure his foot.”

    No I don’t remember that figment of your imagination. I remember Ben telling a sports writer he had broken toes and the it was Cowher not Tomlin who claimed he didn’t (who BTW was lying. It was verified he had taped up toes and limping in practice.)

    I’ve seen or listened to every Steelers game since Terry Bradshaw’s first season and Roethlisberger is at least as good or better than Terry. Put Ben on a team with seven HOFers and they win 6 to 8 Lombardi’s.

    As for Ben being up front about injuries, consider the alternative in Bradshaw’s action on keeping mum about an injury.

    He has elbow surgery and during the off season reinjuries it on his ranch in Louisanna and tells no one. The Steelers expect a healthy Bradshaw back and pass on Dan Marino who was available when their first round pick came up….think of the possibilities of Marino in a Steelers uniform for his career.

  52. koenig61 says: Oct 2, 2013 7:55 AM

    I agree with the assessment that while Brady, Peyton, Rodgers, and Bree’s are all top QB’s none of them like being hit, especially Brady, and they wouldn’t last very long with the offensive lines bens had to play behind. I like the old school QBs like Jim Kelley and Terry Bradshaw who weren’t afraid to take a hit. Ben May not be a pocket passer, but he s one tough SOB

  53. sixlombardisinyourface says: Oct 2, 2013 8:51 AM

    I know this sounds really far fetched, but is it possible Ben despises Haley so much that he’s creating those turnovers on purpose so that a.) Haley gets fired very soon or b.) the Steelers trade him ? I sincerely hope its a.

    @bobzilla, please re-read holeinone09 above, then print it and hang on your greasy refrigerator door. Why have you not commented on the 34 points the defense gave up, including the can of whoop-ass AP opened on them and the deep gashes Cassel ripped open ? Please, enlighten the audience on how well the defense played and how Bad Ben was.

  54. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 2, 2013 8:52 AM

    lovefootball4life | Oct 1, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT
    bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:02 PM

    Not worried.
    As long as we have Big Ben.
    Oh.
    Wait.
    Never mind.

    I look forward to seeing this post re-posted by the Don Rickles of PFT, thebigfool…
    ~~~~
    hey bobzilla it looks like Don Rickles got to me first. Sorry about that. He threw in some insults too. Go figure.

    I am afraid to really insult you knowing what I said before upset you so. Ok, just let me know when mom is home to comfort you and you’ll get what you need……smh.

  55. citizenstrange says: Oct 2, 2013 11:56 AM

    To play it safe though, Roethlisberger will wear a different colored glove on his injured hand just so everybody knows how brave he is.

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