As if the sting of a 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans wasn't enough, the Pittsburgh Steelers also must worry about the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben injured his left foot on the second to last series of the game and was in a walking boot in the locker room following the Week 4 loss.
Roethlisberger says he was injured on the second-to-last series when he was tackled from behind. He remained in the game but had trouble walking afterward in the locker room.
He was sacked five times Sunday, hit several other times and hurried throughout the day behind an injury-plagued offensive line.
Roethlisberger had an X-ray after the game, but says he didn't know the results.
We're used to seeing Roethlisberger play through pain, of course, and just last year he admirably fought through an injured foot to lead his team to the Super Bowl. We'll see what the results of the X-ray show, but Steeler Nation has been conditioned to expect the sturdy Roethlisberger to play with whatever ailments he's fighting through. At 2-2, the Steelers are in need of a win next week when they host the 3-1 Tennessee Titans, but depending on the severity of the pain, perhaps it would be prudent for Big Ben to sit out a week. We'll just have to see.
Also on the injury front, Aaron Smith left with a foot injury as well in the second half. It's not clear yet what the diagnosis is with him. And finally, James Harrison sat out the entire second half with what was said to be an eye injury. I don't want to speculate about health related matters, but hard to imagine Deebo sitting out 30 minutes of football when his teammates needed him with a mere eye injury. When the team trainer was examining Harrison on the sideline in the second half, it sure appeared as if he had been concussed. Hopefully that's not the case though for his sake.
You know the saying -- when it rains, it pours. And for the time being, the pour is a heavy and steady one.