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PITTSBURGH’S QUARTERBACK BREAKS THUMB SOMETIME DURING THEIR WIN OVER CINCINNATI
Sun, 20 Nov 2011 08:53 PM EST

Ben Roethlisberger has a surprising homework project during the Pittsburgh Steelers ‘ bye week : safeguarding a cracked right thumb.

Roethlisberger hurt the thumb on his throwing hand sometime during Pittsburgh’s 24-17 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

“It was tough to decide it on the sideline, but we did all of the tests ( Monday ), and it’s fractured in there,” Roethlisberger recounted. He is not sure when it happened, only that he spotted it while coming out for the second half. Odds

Roethlisberger failed to miss a snap as the Steelers improved to 7-3. He finished Seven of 11 passes for Seventy yards in the 2nd half, including a perfect 4-for-4 in the game-winning drive in quarter 3. “Squeezing the ball is the hardest part, but it is a good thing that I had a glove on it because that helps gripping it a little bit.”

This isn’t the first time Roethlisberger has played with a busted thumb. Scores

“It hurt, but ( Steelers head tutor ) John Norwig did a good job taping it up, making a fast splint out of tape and going with it,” Roethlisberger announced. He suffered a corresponding injury in 2005, though it didn’t hinder him from leading the Steelers to their 5th Super Bowl title. Pittsburgh travels to Kansas City on November.

There shouldn’t be any issues this time either, though Roethlisberger may continue to play with a splint.

“I won’t have to throw for roughly a week, ( till ) next Wednesday or whenever we practice next week,” Roethlisberger announced. Twenty-seven. “So, that’ll be a great time for it to rest. For me, it’ll just be getting familiar with throwing with a splint on again and a glove on, which I have done before.”

Wide receiver Mike Wallace stated that he wasn’t aware Roethlisberger was even hurt, though the quarterback wore a black brace during a shortened practice on Tues..

It isn’t unusual for Roethlisberger to play thru minor wounds.

“I didn’t even notice to inform you the truth,” Wallace declared. He suffered a sprained foot in a loss to Houston on Oct. 2 then tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes in a success over Tennessee.

“That’s just Ben,” Wallace declared. “You know that something little isn’t going to slow him down like that.”

Roethlisberger has been playing some of the best soccer of his career during Pittsburgh’s surge following a 2-2 start. The Steelers have won five of 6 going into their bye week despite an inconsistent running game and a defense that is put up its common stellar numbers but has been struggling to take the ball away.

Whatever.

He did not quite get there against the Bengals, though he demonstrated his playcalling ability during a couple of no-huddle drives in the second half, including the 11-play, 81-yard march that stopped with Rashard Mendenhall’s 9-yard touchdown run that gave Pittsburgh the lead for good. Roethlisberger is completing 64 percent of his passes for 1,726 yards and 13 touchdowns against just 4 interceptions over the past six games and became the first quarterback in team history to top 300 yards in three straight games when he went over the mark against Arizona ( 361 ), New england ( 365 ) and Baltimore ( 330 ).

Roethlisberger asserted it was critical for the Steelers to come back with an emphatic answer after the Bengals rallied from a 14-point deficiency to tie the game at Seventeen.

“That was sort of the mindset — ‘Let’s go no-huddle and try and get down there. Let’s answer, ‘” Roethlisberger recounted. It’s our time to do it, so let’s step up and score. “We take pride as an offense in wanting to be the very best. We usually want to answer. That’s huge.”

Particularly after Roethlisberger’s last shot at operating out of the no-huddle ended in disaster as Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs wonderfully read Roethlisberger’s call for a bubble screen and popped up with an interception deep in Ravens territory to end a Pittsburgh scoring threat in a game Baltimore ultimately won, 23-20. If I can remember right, it’s a pretty long drive, converting 3rd downs.

Don’t expect Roethlisberger to turn into Peyton Manning, running his own show and spending Twenty seconds standing in the shotgun barking out signals.

“We want to be dangerous,” Wallace claimed. Yet it is a serious step in the act of making the Steelers one of the most versatile offenses in the league. “We want to be well placed to beat teams in a lot of different ways.”

Even if it implies the glove on Roethlisberger’s hand has a little more padding for the following few weeks.


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