Steelers won’t rule Roethlisberger out
PITTSBURGH • Ben Roethlisberger’s second concussion in slightly more than four months may not keep him out of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ lineup Sunday or prevent him from practising this week.
The Super Bowl- winning quarterback is questionable for Sunday’s game in Oakland, but Bill Cowher sounded yesterday very much like a coach who expects to have his starting quarterback ready to go this week.
“ He had an MRI done on his brain and neck, and both of those came back normal,” Cowher said. “ We also did the concussion test, and we’re very encouraged by the results. We’ll monitor his progress as the week goes on, but again, I emphasize that we’re very encouraged by where he is.”
Asked if Roethlisberger would practise today, Cowher said, “ We’ll see how he feels.”
Roethlisberger was briefly knocked unconscious during a helmet- to- helmet hit with the Falcons’ Chauncey Davis midway through the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 41- 38 overtime loss in Atlanta. The injury came in Roethlisberger’s best game of the season — he was 16- of- 22 for 238 yards and three touchdowns.
Cowher expects the NFL to review the hit for a possible fine or disciplinary action, as the league does with almost any play that involves a quarterback’s head injury.
Roethlisberger was woozy and appeared dazed a few minutes later while being taken to the locker- room on a motorized cart, but returned later to watch the rest of the game on the sideline.