Ben Roethlisberger indeed has a broken bone in his foot, but it was broken a long time ago, probably seven or eight years ago. The fracture was not determined until after the home loss against the New England Patriots last month when Roethlisberger stepped on an awkward spot on the field and sprained his foot. An examination revealed the previous unbeknownst fracture.
The injury was exacerbated on the first series against the Buffalo Bills when Roethlisberger went to plant on his foot and felt the pain again.
Roethlisberger is wearing a shoe that is protected by metal braces during practice this week, but he will not be allowed to wear that shoe during the Ravens game because it is not allowed under NFL guidelines.
But his biggest problem will be this:
Because he is not able to drop back as well as he would like, Roethlisberger is not be able to take a lot of snaps under center and a might have to line in the shotgun most of the time. Typically, Roethlisberger lines in the shotgun maybe only 30 percent of the time.