Ben Roethlisberger: Pain in elbow changed mechanics

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger admitted his elbow injury was changing the way he was throwing last week. So at halftime, he decided to press through the pain.

During his weekly radio appearance on 93.7 The Fan, Roethlisberger said the pain caused him to drop his elbow for his own comfort, and the results weren’t pretty. He was 9-of-17 for 95 yards in the first half, with a touchdown and an interception.

“The second half, I had a talk with myself and said I had to suck it up and deliver the ball like I need to and force my way through it,” Roethlisberger said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The results were immediate, as he was 10-of-12 for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.

“I was just dealing with a little bit of an elbow issue,” Roethlisberger said. “It made me drop my elbow a little bit for the comfort factor, which causes the ball to sail. . . .

“We’ve been dealing with it. It’s something I need to mentally get over in terms of my throwing motion. I’ve got to keep the arm high to keep the ball driving instead of sailing, that’s all.”

The initial injury was in the opener against Cleveland, and he missed two practices that week and hasn’t practiced on Wednesday since. While it’s good that he was able to self-diagnose and fix it, it’s also something they’ll have to monitor for the next 12 weeks, to make sure it doesn’t become a bigger issue.

19 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: Pain in elbow changed mechanics

  1. Drama Queen

    Why does he need to always tell everyone he’s injured ? Because he’s a drama Queen

    I had a talk with myself and said I had to suck it up and deliver the ball like I need to and force my way through it,”

    I don’t know who’s a bigger “look at me guy” Ben or JJ Watt

  2. .
    Despite their less than impressive start, the Steelers could be right back atop the AFC North with victories in their next three games.

    @Cincinnati

    Cleveland

    @Baltimore

    They don’t have much room for error as the rest of their schedule is extremely rigorous and it will be hard to steal wins later on.
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  3. First ballot Hall of Famer, he is the definition of an elite QB. But apparently according to some of you, he is not allowed to be injured or to answer any questions about an injury. LOL.

  4. kevines255 says:
    October 10, 2018 at 7:28 am
    @Flash1287
    JJ Watt is a look at me guy? 4 time first team all-pro, 3 time defensive player of the year JJ Watt?

    Yeah, that JJ Watt

    Nobody has showed up less in big games than that JJ Watt.

    When it comes to big games JJ Watt is more often JJ Not.

  5. holeinone09
    Oct 10, 2018, 8:03 AM EDT
    First ballot Hall of Famer, he is the definition of an elite QB. But apparently according to some of you, he is not allowed to be injured or to answer any questions about an injury. LOL.

    C’mon buddy are really going to try and defend him when it comes to this? Most of the Steelers fans that I’ve come across are sick and tired of hearing about how every little thing that bothers this guy has to mentioned over and over again. Guess what, every player in the league is dealing with pain yet they don’t feel the need to tell everyone about every little detail of what’s going on. The average player not only knows that they are going to get banged up, they also know enough not say anything about it. Really, if this was the first time Roethlisberger had an injury of any kind I would understand him mentioning it but it’s gotten to the point where every week it’s expected that he’s going to bitch about something bothering him. How can you even try to defend him?

  6. Yeah, that JJ Watt

    Nobody has showed up less in big games than that JJ Watt.

    When it comes to big games JJ Watt is more often JJ Not.

    ——

    So how does that make him a “look at me guy?” By your standards, most guys are “look at me guys.” Big Ben actually has 2 SBs, which is more than most guys…JJ must have kicked your puppy or something.

  7. My god, why can’t this guy just shut up and play ball? Everybody has injuries Ben, not just you. Difference is you are the only one who wants to cry about them all the time.

  8. It constantly amazes me how so many tough guys show up to attack Ben when he is being honest in an interview. If you question his toughness you are showing you really don’t know football at all. Same trolls on every Ben thread

  9. If your in pain, step aside and let Dobbs give it a whirl – lets see what happens. He seems quite capable compared to Landry Jones. Frankly, I’m thinking he’ll do just fine. I’m thinking that a Dobbs at 100% is better than Ben at 50%. Let it heal and you’ll come back stronger than ever. Stop trying to be a HERO – that hero thing has not worked out so well.

  10. “I had a little talk with myself”:

    Mouth: You gotta do better.
    Ear: Man, this guy is stupid
    Mouth: Do you hear what I’m saying?
    Ear: Nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey, goodbye

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