The Pittsburgh Steelers were dealt a potentially devastating blow Monday night when star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his right shoulder in the team’s 16-13 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
On the opening possession of the third quarter, Roethlisberger attempted to buy himself some extra time by scrambling on a 3rd-and-4 play but was slammed to the turf by Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and landed awkwardly on his right arm.
Following the play, Roethlisberger immediately made his way to the locker room and was then taken to a Pittsburgh hospital for an MRI exam, according to his agent, Ryan Tollner.
“It didn’t seem like a tough hit … but he came to the sideline and next thing you know he was gone,” Pittsburgh left tackle Max Starks told ESPN. “I’m hoping it was nothing serious. Honestly it didn’t seem like it.”
In Ben’s absence, Backup Byron Leftwich took over under center and finished 7-of-14 for 73 yards in the victory.
Prior to his premature exit, Big Ben completed half of his 18 passes for 84 yards and a TD in rainy conditions and during the game also surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for his career.
On Tuesday, a source close to the Steelers told ESPN that Roethlisberger was “extremely sore” and “hurting pretty bad.”
ESPN added that Ben is headed to get another MRI, which will give the team a better idea of the significance of the injury to his right shoulder.
Is is currently unknown if Roethlisberger will suit for the Steelers’ upcoming game against their archival Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Watch the hit that led to Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder injury in the video below: