After the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-12 win over the Miami Dolphins, fans were ecstatic. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell practically carried the team to victory, and then came the post-game press conference where quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was seen with a protective boot on his right foot.
Speculation arose around the injury, and if it may impact his availability, and mobility, against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs.
Ron Cook, who is the host of the Ben Roethlisberger show every Tuesday, released the following information from his verified Twitter account.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said via email his right foot is fine. Said the team wanted him to wear a boot Sunday as a precaution ...— Ron Cook (@RonCookPG) January 9, 2017
Roethlisberger on today's MRI: "It showed I aggravated an old foot fracture but nothing severe. I should be good to go [Sunday against KC]."— Ron Cook (@RonCookPG) January 9, 2017
Roethlisberger said he no longer is wearing the boot because it isn't necessary.— Ron Cook (@RonCookPG) January 9, 2017
The aggravated foot injury mentioned was likely the injury Roethlisberger suffered against the Oakland Raiders in 2015 which had him miss some time, but the good news surrounding these reports is Roethlisberger will likely be on the field against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
The biggest question is how mobile Roethlisberger will be when he plays. If this injury hinders his ability to escape the Chiefs’ pass rush, it could be a big issue for the Steelers offense coming off an explosive performance in the first round against the Dolphins.
As always, practice participation will determine just how injured, or lack thereof, Roethlisberger truly is, as well as what fans can expect of him this Sunday.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this injury, and other news surrounding the black and gold.