"Turns out the 'sprained' right foot of Steelers quarterback Ben Roehlisberger actually is broken.
The fifth metatarsal bone or the outside metatarsal on Roethlisberger's right foot is broken, the Post-Gazette has learned. It was injured during the first quarter of Sunday's game in Buffalo.
The Steelers have been listing the foot as sprained.
Roethlisberger went through another practice today and has said he fully expects to play in Baltimore this Sunday night. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said after practice that Roethlisberger's injury should not curtail anything he does on the field in Baltimore. " - Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Bouchette is usually a reliable source and I trust that he had some very credible information. However, as soon as this news broke, ESPN reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers denied that Roethlisberger's foot was broken.
The Steelers, who have listed the quarterback's foot as sprained, denied that Roethlisberger's foot was broken in a statement Thursday. The team said the injury is simply "an aggravation of an old injury where scar tissue is present." - James Walker of ESPN
Either way his foot is obviously injured and it's certainly bad news for the Steelers who are already facing a lot of injury problems. The Steelers are missing their two starting offensive tackles, and Aaron Smith, who is arguably their most important defensive player.
Roethlisberger is going to try and play so no one will be able to call him soft and should earn a lot of respect by his teammates and his detractors. Roethlisberger is 7-2 as a starter against the Ravens in his career, which includes five straight wins.
Big Ben missed last year's meeting at Baltimore which was also a prime-time game. Dennis Dixon filled in for Big Ben and played decent but threw a costly interception in overtime as the Ravens defeated the Steelers.