Ben Roethlisberger will be sitting on the sidelines this Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens. Byron Leftwich will start in his place.
Big Ben was injured during Monday night’s game against the Chiefs. Roethlisberger suffered a sprained shoulder when he was sacked in the third quarter. Bleacher Report notes that the Steelers quarterback also injured his ribs during the play and could be out for longer than a week.
The team has not confirmed the rib injury but ESPN writes that the injury is “rare and dangerous and of greater concern to the Steelers than his shoulder injury. Doctors are concerned that the quarterback’s rib injury could lead to more internal damage if he were to play anytime soon.”
With Roethlisberger out the Steelers will rely on Byron Leftwich.
Leftwich has plenty of NFL experience but he hasn’t seen too much time on the field in the last few years. The last time he played in an NFL game was in 2010 when he came in during the last few minutes of the final game of the season.
Still, the Steelers seem confident in their new QB.
Wide receiver Mike Wallace said:
“We feel comfortable any time one of our quarterbacks is in the game, whether it’s Roethlisberger, Leftwich or Charlie Batch.”
Running back Jonathan Dwyer added:
“Byron Leftwich will be ready to go. We believe in him. He’s won a lot of games in his career. If he was anywhere else, he would be starting. He has sacrificed to be here.”
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— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 14, 2012
The Steelers are currently one game behind the Ravens in the AFC North at 6-3. Do you think Pittsburgh will be able to finish the season strong without Roethlisberger’s “drunk and drink” style?