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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 8, 2012 9:46 pm

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

Manjo,   my comment was ben did nothing to keep his team in either game and he didn't.  Why are you bringing up games prior to the Super Bowl??  Is it because Ben did nothing to keep his team in either???  The correct answer is yes...  Ben did absolutely nothing in either Super Bowl game before the one final drive.  I guess I am exposed as a clueless fan because I made a correct statement and you used games that I didn't even talk about as the reason why I was wrong.  You, my man are DUMB!

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:40 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

sdw19:  Ben wants to put up great stats, his team will suffer.....

Sounds like you've got that fantasy football evaluation nearly perfected.  Congrats on mastering the make-believe world.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:41 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

SDW19 - Your comment that Ben "did absolutely nothing to help his team stay in either" SB absolutely exposes you as a clueless football fan.  You don't just show up one day and play in the SB, you earn your way to it.  In the first Big Ben/Steeler SB, he was the prinicipal reason the Steelers won 3 away games to make it to that SB (first time ever done in NFL history).  In fact, even including his performance in the SB, Ben's overall QB rating for those playoffs was above 100.  Of course, in the second Ben/Steeler SB, he once again led the Steelers to the SB and then led one of the all-time great drives to win that SB in the closing minute.  The third appearance of Big Ben/Steelers in the SB in his seven years speaks for itself.  In other words, three SB appearances by a QB has only been done by 5-6 QBs in the history of the NFL, and all of them are in the HOF or are on their way, including of course Ben himself.  Quickly educate yourself about the game of football before you utter one more word about it.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:23 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

Steel Platoon...
 Anybody that worked in a bar or restaurant in Pittsburgh can verify Ben Roethlisberger being a bastard.  Plus he clearly trapped a girl in a bathroom in a college bar in Georgia.  What happened who knows?  He's just a little too old and famous to be in college bars in Georgia.

As for Mendenhall just being finesse, check the stats.  He was statistically the best goal line back this year.  Mendenhall was also having a big game against Cleveland before the injury.  The offensive line was better in the second game.  You can classify a better running back by picking the back that is the better runner.  You can use that I didn't trademark it.

Jerome Bettis was bigger, faster, and much quicker than Redman.  Again, refer to the better running back comparison guide.

Not in the same league as Mendenhall is common knowledge to people.

Wilie Parker didn't have a great career at UNC, but he would have started at Pitt while he was a Steeler.

Redman's long run this year is 27 yards.  Dwyer had the longest at 76 and Mendenhall had one that was 67.  Not very close.     
;     &nbs

Limited abilities that even if he breaks a tackle he can't do much afterwards (i.e. short yardage back).  He is not an every down back, and while you are kissing his feet, he had as many fumbles in limited carries in one half as Mendenhall all year.  Also, I will be applying for the D Coordinator job at Cleveland, because I'm pretty sure that it is the responsibility of 11 guys to tackle the other teams running back.  They generally don't take turns or have a designated running back tackler. 

I know that wasn't really intellectual but I figured I needed to dumb it down since you didn't get it the first time.    

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:06 pm

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

either i am the smartest or dumbest of all my friends.   I am trying to convince everyone that rothlisberger is not a elite quarterback, he is efficient but not elite

You are by far the smartest.  Ben is average.  Yes Steeler fans, I know he has two Super Bowls...  He did absolutely nothing to help his team stay in either.  Before the final drive of the Cardinals Super Bowl he was terrible for almost 8 quarters of Super Bowl football. Without James Harrison returning that int for a TD, that last drive wouldn't have mattered.  To be elite, you have to not only be able to bring your team back, which Ben can do, but you also have to play for a full 60 minutes and Ben does not do that.  He is a fortunate member of a TEAM that has always had a great D that put their offense in great situations.  The Steelers are defense first and should run the ball more to keep their defense fresh.  Ben could win more Super Bowls if the team did more to keep the defense fresh, but if Ben wants to put up great stats, his team will suffer.....

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:03 pm

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

First of all, let's not get carried away with the 49ers game. The 49ers Defense is "sick" and "the Steelers struggled to move the ball?" Did you even look at the stats? Ben passed for 305 yards and smith 187. Steelers only rushed for 66 yards but the 49ers did even worse rushing for 61 yards. Next saying the Broncos defense is "pretty good too" is quite vague. In total yards the Steelers are #1 and Broncos are #20 and 18th in passing defense. The Steelers know stingy defenses in the AFC north where all teams are in the top 10 total and passing defenses. The Steelers problem has been that they turnover the ball too much and then fail to get turnovers. Their turnover differential is -13 which is the 4th worst in the nfl. Steelers win easily with a short passing game where Ben is less likely to be sacked. Ben probably will throw an INT but Denver offense is terrible so it won't matter. (27-13) Steelers win (Broncos only TD from a turnover)

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:03 pm

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

pendejo -- sounds like you're the dumbest as well as very confused.

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:08 pm

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

I've seen many holes in Tomlin's coaching armor this season including this decision and several poor clock management issues.  I know he's a in your face coach but I'm not sure in inheriting a team with less talent, that he would have been this successful.  I'm personnally tired of his "talk" like "the standard is the standard" and other things i've seen in interviews and in Steeler's Digest.  He certainly can talk the talk but i'm losing faith that when some of these players retire that he can walk the walk.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:04 pm

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

either i am the smartest or dumbest of all my friends.   I am trying to convince everyone that rothlisberger is not a elite quarterback, he is efficient but not elite

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:15 am

Ben Roethlisberger 'tweaked' ankle against Browns

As a steeler fan i have hope and confidence in my team.

I have questioned many moves by Tomlin, but he is an in your face type guy, A Mans Man. "You get paid allot of money to play QB you will play!" I think Batch could have handled SF as the Steelers were in it but game plan was Ben as normal and he wasn't normal.

I'm also a little concerned about the D. yes I said it. The Steelers D and ST have not scored or created turnovers like they normaly do.

Good news is Tebo will. But no Clark, No Mendenhall, Moore a banged up o-line, Woodley and half way Ben. I think the game plan should have been Batch all week to set up the pass with him. Sit Ben now and play him against Baltimore next week.

My fingers will be crossed.

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