By now, most know that Ben Roethlisberger seems to make bigger deals out of injuries that turn out to be minor. Even his teammates joke about it and some of his former coaches have rolled their eyes over another dramatic Roethlisberger "injury."
It began when the quarterback complained of having broken toes following the AFC championship game loss to New England his rookie season. Cowher denied that Roethlisberger had any such injuries. Other instances have followed him through his career.
The most recent example occurred Thursday when his right foot was hurt in practice and he was held out of the game in Washington.
"He's fine," coach Mike Tomlin said Saturday night. "Well, not fine, of course; if fine he would have played."
Teammates and coaches know that if it were a real game, Roethlisberger would have played, because no matter how dramatic he sometimes makes a minor injury seem, he has rarely failed to show up when it counts. Appendectomies and in-season knee surgeries do not count, but he has played after concussions and separated shoulders.