Ben Roethlisberger has been asked by Pittsburgh Steelers staff members to protect his fractured right thumb during the teams bye week.
According to the star QB he plans to heed his doctors warning:
“I won’t have to throw for a week or so, (until) next Wednesday or whenever we practice next week,” Roethlisberger said. “So, that’ll be a good time for it to rest. For me, it’ll just be getting used to throwing with a splint on again and a glove on, which I’ve done before.”
The injury was sustained during his teams 24-17 win against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and Ben says he’s not really sure when the injury occurred, only that he realized the injury while coming out for the second half.
According to Roethlisberger:
“It was hard to determine it on the sideline, but we did all the tests (Monday), and it’s fractured in there.”
While big Ben eventually realized his injury he continued to play with the broken thumb while completing 7 of 11 passes in the second half for 70 yards including a 4-for-4 performance during his teams game-winning drive in the third quarter.
Speaking after the game Ben revealed:
“It hurt, but (Steelers head trainer) John Norwig did a great job taping it up, making a quick splint out of tape and going with it,” Roethlisberger said. “Squeezing the ball is the hardest part, but it’s a good thing that I had a glove on it because that helps gripping it a little bit.”
This is the quarterbacks second injury of the season after suffering a sprained foot earlier in October.
Steelers fans will likely recall that Ben Roethlisberger suffered a similar injury in 2005 and during that season he took his team to their fifth Super Bowl victory.