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Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:56 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

You already know that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlsiberger thought he broke his leg in the first half of Thursday’s win against the Browns, only to return in the second half and power his way through what was later thought to be a high ankle sprain.

Was he tough to the max Thursday? Indeed. Can he play next week? Maybe not.

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Roethlisberger underwent an MRI that confirmed the high ankle sprain, and apparently, the injury has been described as “not good.”

Making matters worse, according to the paper, is that center Maurkice Pouncey also suffered a high ankle sprain and it’s in the same condition as Roethlisberger’s ankle (ie. Less than good).

The Steelers don’t play again until Dec. 19, and getting 10 days of rest will be helpful to the duo. But they also have to play the high-flying 49ers who have one of the top defenses in the league.

You could live with Charlie Batch as Roethlisberger’s backup, but without Pouncey -- who said after Thursday’s game that he would play next week -- as the starter in the middle of the offensive line, that could create a major problem for the Steelers.


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Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:56 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

Facesmashers...I guess I would consider it struggling if you were supposed to win by a certain margin and you fell far below that.  Let's be realitic here.  The Browns game the other night was in doubt until Brown's 79 yard TD pass reception salted it away.  It was pretty much the same when they played the Chiefs.  Late scores put the game away and made it look more convincing than it really was.  I said that the Steelers, as a team, struggled, not the defense.  Read it again.  As for the Niners playing the Seahawks and the Browns.  I was at both games and in neither did the Seahawks or Browns truly have a chance of winning.  Did you get a chance to see those games, or are you just using the final score?  Two runbacks by Ginn did put away a Seahawks team that had gotten to within a TD, but the Seahawks never led.  And the Browns' game was a joke.  The Browns were NEVER in it.  A late TD catch was all that made the final score respectable.  Useless TD's at the end of games often do skew the true efforts of the defense.  "Convincing" has to be seen to be realized...the final score means nothing.  

I will retract my statements and say that I agree with you that what happens in one game has little bearing on what happens in other games.  The same Steelers' team that struggled agaisnt an also-ran like the Browns, has previously beaten the Patriots.  What the Niners do against one team has little bearing on what the Steelers might do against the same team.  And you're dead right...a win is a matter who is on the schedule.  The Niners have 10 of them and a division title...isn't that reason for a little respect?

BTW...don't get me wrong.  I appreciate fully all the wins that the Steelers have against NFC West teams.  It was those victories by the Steelers that helped the Niners to clinch a play-off spot in week 13.   It's too bad the Niners couldn't have helped the Steeers out a little more.  They did get the Bengals and the Browns, and with a little bit of help from the NFL, they might have gotten the Ravens too.

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:26 pm

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

After watchin the Ravens tear the Browns up, and needing work on their running game, it is tragic the Steelers have risked their postseason run because Bruce Arians is such an egotist. They should've had 3x 100 yd backs in this game. Guarantee you Tomlin wanted to run 70/30 but Bruce just can't swallow his ego long enough to do what's best for this team. Maybe next year stillers...

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:51 pm

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

I still don't understand how did the Steelers defense struggle against the Browns? They only gave up 3 points and the 9ers gave up 10 points to that same team. They held the Chiefs to 9 points so the defense didn't struggle there either. Yes they didn't blow out 2 teams that stink. In the Browns game the Steelers got inside the redzone and didn't score any points three times, it happens and when it does it has a huge affect on the final score. Plus Ben Roethlisberger was not capable of rolling out which really limited them from what they could do on offense. BTW the Steelers did beat the Browns by more points 11 than your 9ers did 10, so by your rational the 9ers struggled as well. The Steelers were able to shut out the Seahawks yet the 9ers gave up 17 points to them according to your way of thinking that should mean something. Let me be clear I don't think it means anything but going off of what you said to you it must mean something. The Eagles are a 4 win team and you only won by 1 point! They only beat the mowly Redskins by 8 points, that too is less than the 11 points the Steelers neat the Browns by. A win is a win.

As for the schedule thing you are correct and I hate when people use that as a complaint.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:26 pm

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

And as for Roethlisberger's mean what I saw wasn't real?  His ankle actually didn't get turned under is body? He wasn't faking an injury and it was definitely more severe than he led on.  Yes, he probably took a needle, taped it up tight and went back out on the field.  It wasn't about what was going to happen against the Niners on Monday was about beating a Browns team that came to play.  Big Ben realized that he had to be out there to win that game, and pretty much, as it turned out, he was right.  The game against the Browns, despite the ineptitude of Cleveland, meant more to the Steelers in the form of tiebreakers than does any game against the Niners.  The Niners game is just another "spectacular" for the NFL to showcase two of the better teams in the NFL.  If Ben doesn't play against SF, then it simply gives the Pittsburgh brethren on ESPN something to talk about on "First Take"..."What would have happened if Roethlisberger had played?"  If the Steelers win, then ESPN throws a party because another East Coast team won a game.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:16 pm

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

I have said it before and will reiterate...the Niners don't get to pick and choose their opponents...they aren't in the BCS.  The Niners can only worry about their own team and not how well others in their division are playing.  At the beginning of the season no one, including the Steelers's fans, would have said that the NFC East would be a travesty and the Eagles and Giants would be mediocre at best.  Lie to me and say you thought that to be true.  When the Niners beat the Lions IN DETROIT, the Lions were undefeated.   As I said, there are lots of reasons why schedules are easy or difficult and they change from year to year and sometimes from game to game.  As for the difficulty of the NFC West, ask the Saints how they enjoyed their play-off run through Seattle last year.  Like I just said, difficulty changes sometimes from week to week in the NFL.

As for the Steelers' fan who said that I argued both sides...wrong...I merely stated that the Chiefs and the Browns offenses were inferior because of the QBing situation and the Steelrs struggled against them.  I said nothing about the Steelers havng an"easier schedule".  But thanks for reading into that.  Oh yeah, if you don't like my long list of thoughts...simple idea...don't read them.  I don't care.

As for the Eddie D. mafioso reference...pull your head out of the sand...there are skeletons in the closets of every NFL owner....including the Rooneys.  Don't think that the ownership of the Steelers is immune.  Here's a line from a critique of Dan Rooney's book, Family Business..."There is even one revelation in which Dan Rooney admits he cheated, with the help of the NFL commissioner!"  Surprise!!!  Add to that the underhandedness of the firings of many family members that the patriarch, Art, Sr. wanted in the fold, and you can see the Steelers' ownership is anything but faultless.  So don't throw stones.

Look, the Steelers, Niners and Cowboys are head and shoulders above every other franchise when it comes to SB trophies.  All three make the NFL better when they are playing well.  It's the reason for these threads and posts...both teams are relevant.  Te Niners are finally on level record-wise with the Steelers.  It makes for much better banter no matter which team wins.  It should be a great game next Monday, and I actually hope that Big Ben plays.  The Niners need that type of test...playing defense against a big, strong-armed QB...a test that certainly wasn't provided by the rest of the teams in your division...unless Flacco, McCoy and Dalton fit that mold.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:16 pm

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

You seem like you're a big a s s h o l e.  Shut the f u c k up and stop posting this stupid stuff.  The guy probably got a shot to kill the pain, and I would love to see you get on a field and take those hits.  Roethlisberger is a beast, and that's a compliment from a Patriots fan.  So just shut the f u ck up a s s h o l e.

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:35 am
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Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:17 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

Markman if we are talking about defense then how did the Steelers who held the Browns to 3 points struggle and the 49ers who gave up 10 points to the Browns handle them? Yes the Steelers managed only 14 points with a hobbling QB, how many points would the 9ers have gotten if Smith was hobbling I mean your team only scored 20 points with a healthy QB? That and the Steelers beat them by 11 points and the 9ers only beat them by 10. It doesn't tale a rocket scientist to see the Steelers margin of victory was the larger of the two. I am not trying to say the 9ers are pretenders, but I wouldn't try to say they are better because they beat a team by 1 less point than another team. 
You are correct about the Steelers lack of depth at QB. It is clear the Steelers have little faith in Dennis Dixon and Batch has with his little time proven to be ineffective. However last year the Steelers went 3-1 without Ben Roethlisberger and they beat the Titans, Bucs,and Falcons. Without Ben I doubt they can beat the 9ers, but with a healthy Ben I would actually put money on the Steelers, just like I put money on the Ravens who made me some money.

Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:15 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

irishMPK wrote:  "Come on people, he had a "low grade" ankle sprain.  It's not like he crawled out on the field on crutches with a compound fracture.  This guy is the biggest phony in the NFL.  If you watched the locker room video of Tomlin's talk with the team you'll notice Big Bum walking around clearly limp-free.  The way he left the field you'd have thought they were ready to administer last rites.  The big drama queen sucked you all in once again!"

This is why people kill other people - to limit the morons walking around on the planet.  I am willing to bet this douchebag Mick never played a down of football in his life and he wants to call out a professional athlete who was clearly injured - the entire world agrees except this f-ing douche.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:04 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

The thing that is sick to watch in this video, is the direction of his toes on his left foot when he hits the ground. His left foot is twisted all the way around and pointing to the back of his left knee. Thats 180 degrees folks.. lets see if you can do that without major injury?

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