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Today's Ben Medical Reports Positive

Two big bits of news on the medical update front.

  1. Doctors are reporting no brain injury to Roethlisberger. Given what we know about concussions, this (if true) is huge for Ben's long-term progrnosis.
  2. One of the most common ways broken jaws are treated is by wiring the jaw shut. In a football player's case, such treatment can be devastating, as the player will lose a significant amount of weight. Ben's doctors said that Ben's jaw has not been wired shut.
Assuming both are true, the outlook for Ben, and the Steelers, is considerably brighter today. As far as looking for backup help, ESPN's John Clayton reported today that the positive medical reports mean the Steelers will take a wait-and-see approach, unlikely to sign anyone until late July, if the situation called for it then.

This whole affair has been a huge bit of bad news, but with each day it looks more and more like we'll avoid the worst case scenarios.

Keep your fingers crossed.