Without identifying the precise nature of his injury, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger this afternoon described his right-foot ailment as a bruise that, when it first happened, scared both him and teammates about a potentially serious Achilles tendon injury.
"It was a pretty scary thing to have a ... heavy ... guy step around the back of your foot and your Achilles," the Steelers starting quarterback said in his first interview since he got caught in a tangle between 6-foot-8, 345-pound left tackle Max Starks and linebacker James Harrison toward the end of last Thursday's practice at St. Vincent College.
"Everyone thought they heard a pop, too. You didn't know what happened. Luckily, it was a bruise."
Roethlisberger, who didn't dress or play in last Saturday's preseason loss at Washington, declined to say whether an MRI or other tests were performed on his injury.