Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a sprained throwing shoulder in last night’s win against Kansas City and will undergo further tests today to determine the extent of the injury.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said at a news conference that Roethlisberger “is in the questionable category” as the team prepares to host the American Football Conference North Division-leading Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 18. Pittsburgh (6-3) plays the Ravens (7-2) twice in the next three weeks.
Roethlisberger, who has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles in his nine National Football League seasons, was knocked out of last night’s game on the opening drive of the second half after being sacked and driven to the ground by Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.
Before the Steelers’ completed the 16-13 overtime victory, Roethlisberger left the stadium with his arm in a sling and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Tomlin said today that the initial diagnosis shows that Roethlisberger has a sternoclavicular strain, an injury to the joint between the collar bone and the breastbone. He wouldn’t speculate on how much time Roethlisberger might miss.
Byron Leftwich replaced Roethlisberger in the second half last night and completed 7-of-14 passes for 73 yards. Roethlisberger has passed for 2,287 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions this season.