Roethlisberger “not getting hopes up” due to potential swelling


Though the Steelers are preparing to have Ben Roethlisberger back from a four-week absence for this week’s game vs. the Bengals, Roethlisberger told reporters Wednesday he’s “not getting [his] hopes up” until he sees how his knee reacts to the practice week.

Roethlisberger practiced last week on a limited basis, and he said his knee swelled up. That inflamation kept him out of last Friday’s practice, though doctors told Roethlisberger that was normal.

Roethlisberger was listed as questionable. He made the trip to Kansas City but did not play.

He suffered a bone bruise and sprained MCL on Sept. 27 in St. Louis.

Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he was “comfortable” enough with Roethlisberger’s health and progress that Roethlisberger would prepare to start this week. He didn’t directly say Roethlisberger would start, and now it sounds like it will be at least Friday before anyone will know.

It will also probably be Friday before we know if Landry Jones or Michael Vick, inactive last week due to a hamstring injury, is next in line.

24 responses to “Roethlisberger “not getting hopes up” due to potential swelling

  1. This daily reporting where it goes back and forth from a definite comeback to wavering has been driving me insane the past two weeks. Wake me up on Sunday.

  2. Sadly, Tomlin hurt his credibility by bringing in & starting MV. The worst part is Vick was brought in due to both of them being from Surrey County Va. Tomlin brought in his dawg, instead of judging with his head & eyes when it came to Vick. Ben is hopefully back this week!!

  3. It’s like these Bengals fans haven’t looked at the calendar and realized Sunday is the first day in November and their team is about to turn back into a pumpkin. You had a nice run, but your season is about to unravel, and it begins in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

  4. As funny as it would be for Landry to take down an undefeated team, it just wouldn’t be the same whooping that we are used to Ben dishing out to the Bungles.

  5. I had bone bruising in my wrist. I felt it every time I posted on it for 5 or 6 weeks. How much worse is an injury like that, to a knee?
    Ben Should probably allow most of the reps to go to Landry Jones this week.

  6. I’ve said all along that Big Ben should not return until after the bye week which is November 29th @ Seattle.

    That way Big Ben would miss 3 more games and get 4 more weeks of rest:
    1) This Sunday, November 1st against the Bengals – a probable loss no matter what.
    2) November 8th against the Raiders. – a probable win no matter what.
    3) November 15th against the Browns – a probable win no matter what.
    4) November 22nd BYE WEEK

    Then return for last 6 games of the season:

    November 29th @ Seattle
    December 6th Colts
    December 13 @ Bengals
    December 20th Broncos
    December 27th @ Ravens
    January 3rd @ Browns

    This makes the most sense.

  7. As a Bengals fan, the two games against the Steelers are the scariest ones remaining on our schedule (scarier than the Broncos, despite their records). Having Roethlisberger out for one would be nice, but having him in but still injured might be even better.

    If I were the Steelers I’d rest him until he’s totally ready. They have a shot at the playoffs whether or not he plays until their bye. Better to have him at 100% late in the season and lose a game than bring him back now and risk him being out for the playoffs.

  8. I love seeing this from Ben this is his standard. We all know he is playing Sunday he does this to set it up so they can talk about how tough he is all game. citizenstrange I love how you say the Raiders game is prob a win no matter what. Let me ask you a question what is Bens all time record against the Raiders?

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