Stop me if you've heard this one before: Ben Roethlisberger is injured.
According to Jim Corbett of USA Today, Roethlisberger sprained his left ankle on a scoring toss in practice Saturday.
"It was my bad ankle," Roethlisberger told the USA Today
After throwing a nice, 20-yard touchdown strike to receiver Emmanuel Sanders, an offensive lineman reportedly stepped on Roethlisberger's foot and tweaked his ankle.
He limped off the field under his own power and quickly got the ankle covered in ice.
We've become accustomed to Roethlisberger injury problems as of late. Down the stretch last season, Big Ben was hampered by a nagging ankle injury that was obviously affecting his mobility and effectiveness on the field. After an entire offseason of resting and healing his ankle, it's a stroke of bad luck for Pittsburgh that he happened to tweak the same ankle at the start of training camp.
As if that wasn't enough, Roethlisberger revealed just days ago that his rotator cuff is partially torn and that he'd be playing with soreness all season (h/t The Chicago Tribune). He's hoping that it won't tear the rest of the way.
If there's one thing Pittsburgh Steelers fans have been hoping for this offseason, it's a clean bill of health for their franchise quarterback. It's not that the past week of reports dooms Big Ben's season by any means, but it does begin to raise questions as to how susceptible he'll be to injury early on in the season.
The rotator cuff doesn't seem too telling of a problem, considering he's used to playing through pain and it shouldn't limit him much at all. However, if Roethlisberger has to start the season with any sort of immobility, it could put Pittsburgh in an early hole and cause them to have trouble in the passing game.
Fortunately for the Steelers, the regular season is still over a month away and they have plenty of time to rest their quarterback's ankle.
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