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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 29, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:49 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

I have to say whether you like the Steelers or not you cant really think a guy like Alex Smith is gonna move the ball successfully and consistently against the Steelers defense.  The 9ers defense is very good, but their offense is lacking.  If you follow the Steelers then you know they dont lose to roody poo quarterbacks like Alex Smith, Lebeau will have him confused and bewildered once the Steelers defense slows the run game of the 9ers.  The same reason they posted a whole 6 points against Baltimore, because great defenses like Pit and Balt dont lose to guys like Alex Smith.  Lets be honest what Harbaugh has done in SF this year is a great story and I root for the 9ers but they play in a far inferior conference, let a lone the worst division in the league.  Good luck SF but if you think theyre a top team and can hang with the likes of GB, PIT, BAL, and NE then u dont know football 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:26 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

This writer has it completely backwards. The Steelers could absolutely handle it if Pouncey was out. They will not be ok if Ben is out. They will need touchdowns in S.F. and Charlie Batch is hardley capable of delivering more than one.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:52 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

IF...IF Ben is out vs the 49ers, the Steelers are in big trouble.  You think the Colts suffer w/o Peyton?  Just watch Pitt w/Batch.  These are NOT the Cowher Steelers.  The now professed "passing team" is either unwilling or unable to pound and ground.  Their 60/40 pass/run ratio has put Ben in the cross-hairs all season. No wonder he's hurting.  And with no home field advantage for the playoffs should continue their losing ways vs teams with winning records on the road...only have beaten the Bengals in 2011 away from Heinz.

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:05 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

I'm very sure Ben will play. That being said, I'm not sure they beat the 49ers. That team looks really good.

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:04 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

A number 1 ranking in 4 categories is easy when you play the soft schedule the 49ers have had this year.  The Ravens showed the Niners what defense is in their head to head meeting, case closed!

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:56 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

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!

Since: Sep 10, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:45 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

I'm pretty sure the Ravens did not struggle against the Browns.  Division games, regardless of records, are always challenging.  But Ravens handled them. 
Your Niners are a good team, but let's let the season play out before you annoint them as something special.

Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:18 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

DawgMeat wrote:  "I was hoping the fucker was broke.... I hate that dude! "

That's good, because we all hope you and your entire family DIE a horrible daeth at the hands of some crazed maniac - slowly and painfully in front of each other!

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:17 am
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Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:00 am

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

The Ravens defense is not better than San Fran's Mo.  In order to say that, you have to compare actual numbers.  San Fran is ranked number 1 in about 4 categories and CONSISTENTLY holds teams to the same points and yardage totals week in and week out.  Baltimore is way too flimsy.  They play a good game and then lose to a crap team. 

Ohhhhhh, youre drawing this conclusion because Baltimore beat the 49ers..... ohhhhhh.  Yes, that certainly defines the 49ers season.  Baltimore played one of their most brilliant defensive games EVER that night.  I dont think Green Bay would have won THAT particular game.  San Fran turned right back around and stimied the Rams, not allowing a single point.  Ok, it was the Rams is your argument, right?  That doesnt make ANY difference in the world.  If San Fran are pretenders, they drop that next game too, not play their most dominant game of the season.  Consistency Mo.  Consistency.

The Ravens and Steelers BOTH have struggled with the Browns this year.  The 49ers handled the Browns.  This upcoming Pittsburgh game next Monday night in Frisco will wake the world up to the fact that San Fran is not here to just win the NFC West.  If they catch a bye week, as they should based on their remaining schedule, stand by for fireworks.  I LOVE the fact that the Packers are undefeated because when you are playing with the mentality of trying so hard to stay unbeaten, a team loses focus on what the main objective is.  I would not be surprised if the Packers provide us with a reenactment of New England.  SAN FRAN's defense is just the defense AND OFFENSE( yes, I said offense (7th highest scoring) to beat Green Bay.  Remember, Green BAy CAN be scored on.  If San Fran slows Rodgers up just enough, they can play their ground game and beat that team.  It hurts, dont it? 

Once over that hurdle (and I KNOW that is quite a hurdle, not to mention a team called the Saints as well might be in the way) there is NOT a team in the AFC that the 49ers should fear more than New England.  THATS the brutal truth. 

What would have been the result if Ben didnt finish that game?  That offense couldnt get out of their own redzone with Charlie Batch. 

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