Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger opted out of the Pro Bowl as a precaution, but the decision is not related to a larger problem with his knee, his agent said in an email to ESPN.com Friday night.
"Ben was instructed by team doctors to avoid strenuous activity due to inflammation in his knee, thus he will not play in the Pro Bowl," agent Ryan Tollner said. "His knee will not require surgery and he looks forward to an otherwise healthy offseason to improve with his teammates."
Roethlisberger should be good to go for OTAs and minicamp.
HC Mike Tomlin said that QB Ben Roethlisberger may have offseason surgery to clean up his knee.
This is not ominous news given the timeframe. Roethlisberger should be fine for minicamp/OTAs if he's simply having his knee "cleaned up."
Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18. No worries here. Big Ben should be a quality start against a shaky secondary.
Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm
Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 18. With Bell out, Josh Harris should see the most touches in the Pittsburgh backfield. If he’s not able to run the ball effectively (which seems likely given Baltimore’s stout run defense), look for Ben Roethlisberger to air it out against a shaky secondary. Harris should be a decent cheap option in daily formats due to workload alone.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Big Ben is fully expected to play in Week 15. He’s a great start given the matchup against Atlanta.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. It’s interesting that there’s no mention of the hand injury that Big Ben obviously suffered in Week 13. He has a tough matchup with the Bengals, who are #4 in QB aFPA.
There is no secret as to the Pittsburgh Steelers' plan out of the backfield. It's Le'Veon Bell all game, every game from here on out.
With LeGarrette Blount jettisoned, there is not other back on the Steelers roster capable of sharing the load with Bell. However, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he's not worried about overworking the second-year runner, citing Bell's pedigree at Michigan State.
"I'm not overly concerned about that," Tomlin said of overtaxing Bell, per ESPN.com. "He's a highly conditioned guy, he's a mentally tough guy. Personally I think he's built for it. He's excited about having an opportunity to do that for us."
Bell is second in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,046 and third in attempts with 216. He is also second among running backs in receiving yards with 643 on 65 receptions. He played on 90 of 92 snaps against the Saints the story said. Someone who is worried is QB Ben Roethlisberger, who hopes the team doesn't run Bell into the ground, the story said. Bell's SOS is very favorable down the stretch.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger banged his throwing hand against the arm of Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton during Sunday’s loss, and it was clear that, at least for a while, the hand was bothering Ben.
He shook it and flexed it and his index finger wobbled as he tried to make selections from the menu of plays on his left wrist. He handed off for the next five plays, initially using his left hand to deliver the ball to the tailback. But it appears for now that the injury won’t affect Roethlisberger’s ability to play next Sunday at Cincinnati.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Roethlisberger was confident as of Sunday night that he’ll be fine. Also as of Sunday night, it was unclear whether the team would be ordering any testing of the hand.
“I am sure every quarterback has that happen every game,” Roethlisberger said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, of an injury that caused him to react in a way that few quarterbacks ever do during games. “Does it hurt? Yeah. Did it affect my throwing? No.”
The story went on to say that it could end up getting worse over night, so we'll continue to check reports on Big Ben throughout the week. Don't be shocked if Roethlisberger ends up on the injury report this week. Bruce Gradkowski is the Steelers backup QB and if he would have to play it would downgrade the WRs a bit.
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