The Pittsburgh Steelers have already ruled starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out for their Week 11 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. After suffering a shoulder strain in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, as well as bruised ribs, Roethlisberger was doubtful to play this week. Pittsburgh has now made it official.
This will be tough for the Steelers, who will have to face the Ravens with Byron Leftwich under center in a key AFC North contest. Pittsburgh will host Baltimore on Sunday Night Football, trailing them by just one game in the division. As big as this game is, the long term health of Roethlisberger trumps the importance of one game.
Even if it is against the hated Ravens.
As it turns out, as bad as the shoulder injury is, the rib injury may turn out to present as much of a problem going forward. While Roethlisberger has already been ruled out of the Steelers’ next game, it would come as no surprise if he also ended up missing more than just this game against the Ravens going forward.
Between the multiple injuries to Roethlisberger, the high ankle sprain of Antonio Brown, the plethora of injuries to almost every running back on the roster as well as offensive linemen and defensive stars alike all missing games due to a variety of injuries, the Steelers are going to need all of their healthy players to step up if they are to make a playoff run in 2012.