The Pittsburg Steelers are preparing to take on the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium for the AFC Divisional Round of this seasons’ playoffs. And while the Steelers do find themselves a step further on the road to Super Bowl 50, much speculation surrounds the upcoming matchup, especially because starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could be inactive due to injury.
Roethlisberger suffered an AC sprain and a torn ligament in his throwing shoulder in last weeks’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In fact, Roethlisberger was carted off the field after being sacked by Bengals’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict, and falling badly on his throwing arm in the last minutes of the third quarter. Since then, Roethlisberger has taken on a “day-to-day” approach to his health, as directed by Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin.
“I haven’t tried to throw a football since the game, and maybe that’s not even the right thing to do right away,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ll see the doctors and trainers tomorrow, we’ll evaluate kind of how I feel. If anything, maybe I can practice and hand off and still get some mental reps that way. So we’ll really just kind of see how it goes tomorrow.”
It will be a huge game changer if Roethlisberger is sidelined on Sunday. While filling in for such an impact player is hard enough, backup quarterback Landry Jones was prone to streaks of mediocrity during Roethlisberger’s minor injuries throughout regular season. Jones earned stats like 513 yards in 32 completions for a total three touchdowns and four interceptions in the seven games he started.
Despite the odds however, Tomlin seems to keep the faith that Roethlisberger will indeed be active by Sunday.
“Ben has a chance,” Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “We will increase his activity as the week goes.”