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Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:56 pm
 
Roethlisberger

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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Comments

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

Sounds like to me there are more than a couple of Steelers' fans who are trying to convince themselves that without their starting QB and center that they are still a match for the Niners.  Listen Steelers' fans, even those good buddies of yours at ESPN have started to concede that the Niners might be better than advertised.  Yes, the Steeler defense is formidable, but recently it was against the likes of the Browns and Chiefs.  When real offenses are in play, the Black and Gold are giving up their share of points.  These aren't the Singletary Niners.  They are actually averaging 26 points per game.  You better pray for a couple of things.  1. That the ankles heal very quickly 2. That Patrick Willis and his aching hamstring aren't around for the Monday Night tilt.  3. That Harrison only gets a fine and isn't suspended for the two or three games that he should be suspended for  4. That your left guard doesn't get as many flags in Sf as he did last night in Pittsburgh.  5. That Alex Smith is the second coming of Tyler Palko and Colt McCoy, but I kind of doubt it.  6. Finally, that somewhere between this next Sunday and the following Monday, that Jimmy Harbaugh get really stupid.  Unfortunately for the Steelers, he probably won't.  His creativity and his wanting to beat the Steelers to help out his brother's cause, may be just enough to get the Niners a win.  Oh, yeah, the Niners are slightly better than the Browns...just slightly...and this game won't be played in Pennsylvania.



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

Don't forget about the 49ers running game against the old steel sheet.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

The 49'ers are a slightly above average team playing in the worst division in the NFL, playing conservatively in order to avoid exposing the shortcomings of their offense. Now, if the Steelers were completely healthy, I'd say the Steelers win this game hands down (let's say 24-6). However, with the injuries, the game will be more low scoring. Still, it's hard to imagine the 49'ers scoring many points on the Steelers under any circumstance, except should the Steelers make an exceptional number of turnovers in their own end. Assuming Charlie Batch plays QB and the Big Legursky plays C, I'm calling it:

Steelers 13 - 9   



Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

I hope you guys do. It'd certainly be helpful to us. Hope the Niners bash the rapist around.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

The best part will be when both Ben and Pouncey are out next week and the Steelers STILL defeat the 49ers.  Charlie Batch vs 49ers defense is better matchup than Alex Smith versus the Steelers defense.  



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

San Fran kinda sucks....they play in the worst division in football and when they play a decent team...they suck. It's Alex Smith for God's sake.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

The 49ers defense is going to eat the Steeler’s lunch on Monday.  If Ben and Pouncey play on gimpy ankles, the 49ers are going to rip the Steelers offensive playbook in two.  Good luck Ben!




Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

The 49ers defense is going to eat the Steeler’s lunch on Monday.  If Ben and Pouncey play on gimpy ankles, the 49ers are going to rip the Steelers offensive playbook in two.  Good luck Ben!




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Big Ben, Pouncey have troubling ankle sprains

Ben proved he's one tough Mutha Fu*'er! Probably the toughest in the league!  Without Ben or Pouncey we're screwed, season over!  GET BACK SOON!!!!


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