The biggest question after the NFL Wild Card round is about the status of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The veteran QB suffered an ankle injury during garbage time of their matchup with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and his status for next week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs is unknown at the moment.
According to the latest reports on Roethlisberger’s ankle injury, the QB was seen in a walking boot on his right foot after the game against the Dolphins. The veteran admitted that he still does not know the nature of the injury, but he still wants to play versus the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round matchup.
“We will find out soon, hopefully,” Roethlisberger stated to ESPN. “You’re always worried about being hurt, but I’ll be out there next week.”
Bad decision to play Roethlisberger in garbage time vs. Dolphins?
What made it worse for Pittsburgh was the fact that the injury happened during garbage time. The unfortunate incident occurred in the fourth quarter when they already had a comfortable lead over the depleted Dolphins squad.
Roethlisberger was attempting a pass with 4:34 left and the Steelers with a big 18-point lead, 30-12 at the time of the injury. The veteran did not question his coach’s decision to stick with him at that point of the game. Roethlisberger said that he “love being out there with the guys” and did not doubt his coach’s move to allow him to stay in the game although the outcome was already decided.
A seasoned pro, Roethlisberger has suffered many injuries in the past. But the timing of this one could haunt the Steelers. They could be in trouble if he is not 100% healthy against the Chiefs, who are coming off a first round bye.
Roethlisberger had 197 passing yards on 13-of-18 completions with two touchdowns and two interceptions before his ankle injury.
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