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Ben Roethlisberger Injury: Updates on Steelers QB's Shoulder
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Ben Roethlisberger is having a career season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the signal-caller has been sidelined since suffering injuries against the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 12:25 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

As expected. Big Ben is active and will be starting on Sunday. From FOX Sports NFL:

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 6 at 8:16 a.m. ET

Great news for Steelers fans and fantasy owners as Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) is expected to start Sunday, according to Beaver County Times' Mike Bires

Mark it down. Ben Roethlisberger will start Sunday against the Chargers.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants proof that his injured quarterback is healthy enough to play for the first time Nov. 12, and he got it Wednesday.

Roethlisberger, who’s recovering from a sprained right shoulder/dislocated rib injury, shared practice reps with Charlie Batch and looked good enough to impress Tomlin.

'It was a positive day for Ben,' Tomlin said. 'He threw the ball around both vertically and horizontally. I thought the ball had good velocity, particularly in a few instances. It was positive. I saw him making the necessary throws.'

'Obviously, we’ll see how his body responds to it (Thursday). But I thought (Wednesday) was a good step,' [Tomlin said].

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 4 at 12:15 p.m. ET

Mike Tomlin, as expected, stated today that the plan for now is for Charlie Batch to start Sunday and that Ben Roethlisberger essentially has to prove himself in practice this week, according to NFL's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 4 at 11:19 a.m. ET

Ben Roethlisberger is now expected to start Sunday, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac.

The Steelers expect Ben Roethlisberger to return and start against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 4 at 10:33 a.m. ET

Ben Roethlisberger continues to make progress as he eyes a return from devastating shoulder and rib injuries. ESPN's Ed Werder has the latest:

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has been working to improve his strength and range of motion as the soreness in his shoulder and chest have diminished, according to a source.

Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff will determine over the course of the week whether Roethlisberger returns from a three-week absence.

Roethlisberger will attempt to demonstrate to the coaching staff that he's capable of making all of the required throws, something he failed to accomplish last week.

It seems practices Wednesday and Thursday will determine his readiness and then everyone in the organization will be holding their breath the first time he takes a hit.

 

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 12:55 p.m ET by Timothy Rapp

Ben Roethlisberger won't be playing this week, as the NFL injury report has him officially listed as "out." While that's hardly a surprise, his absence will render most of his teammates as poor fantasy plays and leaves a victory over the dreaded Baltimore Ravens a tall task.

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UPDATE: Friday, November 30 at 1:50 p.m ET by Michael Cahill

The Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to exercise caution when it comes to the injury of their franchise QB. According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Big Ben will not suit up this week.

 

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UPDATE: Friday, November 30 at 1:22 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

If the Steelers are going to beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, they'll have to do it without Roethlisberger at quarterback. Albert Breer of NFL Network is reporting that Roethlisberger will be held out of Sunday's game.

 

This is bad news for the Steelers who are coming off of a 20-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns with Charlie Batch at quarterback.

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UPDATE: Friday, Novermber 30 at 10:45 a.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Unfortunately for Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, things do not look good for a return to the field on Sunday. 

ESPN's Ed Werder tweeted the latest word from Thursday's practice:

 

 

Roethlisberger is as tough as they come on the football field, but it seems like the team will have to try to beat the Baltimore Ravens without its starting quarterback.

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 29 at 1:40 p.m. ET

Per Mark Kaboly of Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports Roethlisberger's availability comes down to arm strength.

 

UPDATE: Thursday, November 29 at 10:57 a.m. ET

Discouraging news for Steelers fans and fantasy owners as Beaver County Times' Mike Bires believes Ben Roethlisberger is unlikely to play Sunday agains the Ravens.

It’s unlikely the Steelers will have their franchise quarterback Sunday in Baltimore. They will have their reigning Most Valuable Player though.

With Ben Roethlisberger still rehabbing his shoulder and rib injuries, Charlie Batch expects to make his second straight start. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 27 at 12:10 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Coach Mike Tomlin had some positive light to shed upon Ben Roethlisberger's recovery. 

According to the Steelers' official Twitter feed, Big Ben was able to throw on Monday and could possibly be back under center when the Steelers take on the Ravens this coming Sunday.

We'll keep you updated as soon as we know more about the signal-caller's status.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 27 at 9:43 a.m. ET

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) is as questionable as they come this week, as there is a 50 percent chance he will start against the Ravens, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.  

 

UPDATE: Monday, November 26 at 9:22 a.m. ET

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) is clearly getting antsy after watching his team fall to the Cleveland Browns in Week 12 and looks to be on track for Week 13. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook has the latest from Big Ben:

'I'm going to try,' injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said when asked if he thought he could play against the Ravens. 'It's killing me to watch.'

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 11:52 a.m. ET

While things are looking good for Ben Roethlisberger to be under center for the Pittsburgh Steelers next week against the Baltimore Ravens, he has been officially ruled out of this week's matchup with the Cleveland Browns, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal:

With Byron Leftwich also out of Sunday's game, Charlie Batch will get the start against Cleveland in Roethlisberger's place.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 11:20 a.m. ET

Great news for Steelers fans and fantasy owners as Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) is making progress, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Ben Roethlisberger just may be ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers' rematch with the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.

The Steelers quarterback will begin soft-tossing the football early in the week to test his range of motion and work through the pain of his rare rib and shoulder injury, according to team sources...

...doctors have determined his rib has healed enough that he doesn't risk further damage.

Roethlisberger's pain tolerance and range of motion could determine whether he plays next week. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 22 at 2:07 p.m. ET

Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return to action in Week 13, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

...Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected back for Week 13 against Baltimore...

...Just-signed Brian Hoyer will back up Charlie Batch on Sunday for the Steelers as of now, sources said, though it is not out of the question that Roethlisberger dresses in an emergency role for the game against the Browns. Roethlisberger is making progress in his recovery from rib and shoulder injuries, sources said, and he is not in his sling as much as last week, and he remains week-to-week.

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 22 at 10:39 a.m. ET

Encouraging news for Steelers fans and fantasy owners as Ben Roethlisberger has shed the sling he was previously wearing to support his injured shoulder, according to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Alan Robinson.

Ben Roethlisberger is missing the sling he wore for a week to protect his still-healing upper chest/shoulder/rib injury.

He moved his right arm normally and didn’t appear to be in significant pain, as he looked to be last week. He did not talk with reporters Wednesday.

Coach Mike Tomlin expressed optimism Tuesday that his quarterback was healing quickly. There still isn’t a time frame for his recovery, partly because no other NFL player of recent vintage has had the injury.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 19 at 10:42 a.m. ET

At this point, Steelers fans and fantasy owners shouldn't expect to see Ben Roethlisberger suit up anytime soon as the team looks out for his long-term health. SI.com's Peter King has the latest:

Roethlisberger has no sense when he'll be able to return. But according to Dr. Clark Fuller, the director of Thoracic Surgery at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., Roethlisberger has to be careful about returning too soon because of damage it can do to nerves in the right shoulder and arm, major blood vessels in the area, and, as Roethlisberger admitted last week, the aorta around the heart.

'This is not about being a tough guy,' said Fuller, who has neither examined Roethlisberger nor seen his X-rays or scans. So he made it clear he was speaking generally about the dislocation of the first rib, which is connected to the breast bone on one side and the spine on the other. A throwing motion, he said, would not allow the rib to heal, and he would not recommend it any time soon. 'Playing football with a dislocated first rib would put you at severe risk. There are many things to be concerned about, including destroying the nerves in the arm.'

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 7:45 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

According to Michael Fabiano of NFL.com, Ben Roethlisberger is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

 

 

A difficult matchup for the Steelers gets even tougher without the team's star player.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 1:41 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

In the latest of the awful news surrounding Ben Roethlisberger's ribs, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has said he's unsure of when he'll play again this season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:

 

 

With the Steelers coming into Week 11 at 6-3 and just one game behind Sunday's opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, this could be a season-crushing blow. Look for Byron Leftwich to take Roethlisberger's place in the lineup while the starter is out.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 1 p.m. ET

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette went on to report more details surrounding Big Be's rib injury:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 10:35 a.m. ET

Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a troublesome rib injury in addition to his shoulder injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 9:52 a.m. ET

Byron Leftwich will start in Ben Roethlisberger's place this Sunday against the Ravens, according to Steelers.com's Teresa Varley

Quarterback Byron Leftwich will start Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field, replacing injured Ben Roethlisberger.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 8:28 a.m. ET

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) won't play in Week 11, according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 1:10 p.m. ET

ESPN's Ed Werder nearly mirrored Ed Bouchette's earlier details around Roethlisberger's injury. He tweeted:

 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 12:07 p.m. ET

Mike Tomlin has confirmed Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder injury and says the Steelers' QB is questionable for this week's game against the Ravens, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.

ESPN's Josina Anderson went on to report that the Steelers are expected to proceed with Byron Leftwich this week:

On Roethlisberger's status, Steelers source says staff was told: "Proceed with Byron. It doesn't look like you're going to have Ben this week. We're looking at next week as a possibility as of right now."

Source added the situation remains fluid.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 10:31 a.m. ET

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Ben Roethlisberger is headed for another MRI on his injured shoulder.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 9:43 a.m. ET

Steelers fans and fantasy owners shouldn't expect to see Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) back any time soon, especially not for the team's Week 11 contest against the Ravens. ESPN's Ed Werder has the latest:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 7:57 a.m. ET

Awful news being reported on Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder injury, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole

Two sources indicated that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a separated shoulder in Pittsburgh's Monday night's 13-10 overtime win... Roethlisberger was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital for an MRI exam, according to his agent, Ryan Tollner. In addition, one source indicated that the injury is 'unusual,' although it's unclear if that is good or bad news.

'There's a lot to be figured out and we probably won't know anything definitive until the morning, but that's what the [Steelers] team doctor said,' a source said.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 12:59 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Pittsburgh is preparing to play without Big Ben:

With Pittsburgh set to face the Baltimore Ravens in two of its next three games, this could be an issue.

 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 12:27 a.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

The Steelers have reportedly been told Ben Roethlisberger suffered a sprained shoulder on Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Schefter tweeted:

 

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 11:29 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette, Roethlisberger is getting an MRI:

 

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 11:09 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to NFL.com's Michael Fabiano, Roethlisberger left the stadium:

ESPN's Rick Reilly added to that:

Reilly also mentioned how Big Ben looked leaving the stadium:

 

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 10:29 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette, Roethlisberger is questionable to return:

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According to Kansas City Star reporter Adam Teicher, Big Ben went to the locker room after taking a hit in the third quarter:

The injury occurred on a sack by Chiefs pass-rusher Justin Houston. Roethlisberger fell awkwardly, went to the sideline and trotted to the locker room a few minutes later, his arm hanging by his side.

Before leaving the game, he was 9-of-18 for 84 yards and a touchdown. He wasn't having a big night, but he was one of the few positive signs for the Steelers.

Byron Leftwich hasn't attempted a pass this season, although he does have experience. With Charlie Batch marked as inactive, Leftwich is the only option Monday night if Big Ben cannot return.

Stay tuned for updates.


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