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Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:04 pm
Roethlisberger "tweaked" his ankle on Sunday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Steelers took a gamble on Sunday against the Browns when they ran Ben Roethlisberger out to play on a high-ankle sprain, hoping the Ravens would lose and Pittsburgh would win the AFC North.

The Ravens did not lose. And in worse news, according to our Steelers Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder, Roethlisberger "tweaked" his ankle in the win over Cleveland and suffered a "setback" in advance of Pittsburgh's wild-card game in Denver on Sunday.

"I felt pretty good going in and moved around pretty good," Roethlisberger said. "[But] we got set back about a week. I don't know if I hit the ground wrong or got hit. We'll be all right."

Now, this is Ben Roethlisberger, so injuries don't mean as much as they would with any other player. I'm sorry, but the dude just plays hurt (and sometimes better when he's injured).

But this gets back to the point of risking him on the field: the Steelers, over the final three weeks, didn't play things conservatively enough at all. Putting him on the field against San Francisco was worth the risk, but not leaving him out there. Sitting him against the Rams was smart. And leaving him on the bench against the Browns would've been the wise move too, even if the Bengals had a shot at unseating the Ravens. Charlie Batch couldn't have gone 23 for 40 for 221 yards? He probably could have.

Whatever, his ankle's worse off now for playing. That means, without their top running back, the Steelers have to figure out how to protect Roethlisberger against a ferocious Broncos pass rush.

Denver recorded 41 sacks in 2011 (10th in the league; just nine behind the Vikings and Eagles) and the best example of what could happen against a good defense who can rush the passer is the loss to the 49ers.

In that game, Roethlisberger wasn't mobile, was constantly under attack and the Steelers struggled to move the ball. Granted, the 49ers are just a flat-out sick defense, but the Broncos are pretty good too.

For Pittsburgh to avoid a shocking upset at Mile High on Sunday, they'll need to make sure their gameplan doesn't involve Von Miller putting Ben on his back. Or worse, on his ankle.

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Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:47 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

no one's talking about one's talking about me..  No one appreciates me....  I tweaked my ankle again...

Ben is a funny guy......   

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:45 am
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:41 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

I think the Steeler defense & special teams will score more points in this game than the Denver offense.  You know the saying, "any given Sunday", but it would definately be a major shock if the Bronco's are in this game late, regardless of all the Steeler injuries.  As a Steeler fan, the benefit of this adversity is they probably won't be looking past this game and will simply take care of business in Denver.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:20 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

And you can add this to the mounting excuses that Steeler fans will have when they lose to Denver....if they even make it to the division round they will certainly reference these when they get blown out in that round....

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:11 am
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:52 am
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Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:43 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

Roethlisberger is ever the Drama Queen!  I guess with Favre gone someone had to step up and be the league A-Hole and Big Bum is doing a good job of it!  What a phony!

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:32 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

Steelers Fan here.  Ben should have benched against Cleveland.

Bottom line is this:

Pittsburgh would have beaten Cleveland without him.  Playing Batch versus Cleveland isn't "throwing in the towel" at a chance to win the 2nd seed.  And I was saying this before the game started.  Batch would have been good enough.

And if Baltimore beat Cincy  (which they did)  Ben not playing week 17 would have been his week off before traveling to Denver.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:15 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

all i know is steel platoon must have a steel plate in his noggin for posting those excessively long comments ...we get it just get to the point and if you could step away from your homer opinion you would see that most posters and many critics believe you are wrong... so i will keep this shoert so it wont take up a lot of space when you decide to cut and paste and answer and......

Since: Apr 15, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:13 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

By Steeler fan logic, the best NHL franchise is the Edmonton Oilers with Five cups, second best would be either Nassau Islanders and the Detroit Red Wings each with four cups.  Just asking

By our logic Penguins are the best franchise Laughing 
In all honesty though you can't put all Steeler fans in the same class. Us Steeler fans from the day were born will say we are one of the best franchises in football and have a legitimate case for that. The Packers are also a great franchise. They're both run with the same model of consistency that they'll almost always have a playoff caliber team on the field. But being a Steeler fan is like being a Yankee fan. We have had such great success the past decade that people either love or loathe us. We are very fanatical about our team and if someone ridicules them (which almost every non-Steeler fan does) we feel obliged to defend and one of the comebacks most use are 6 Lambardi's just like every hater uses Ben Rapelisburger, or we're a dirty trash un-intelligent city. Each side has their illogical rants but as fans we still talk crap amongst others, lots in good fun, but you have the handful who will get carried away at take it as life and not a game. In the end it is just a game but a much more pleasurable one when the Steelers win Laughing GO STEELERS!!!!

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