Although, Ben Roethlisberger’s foot injury won’t keep him from playing against Tennessee Titans on Sunday, it will restrict the quarterback’s abilities. This will force head coach, Mike Tomlin to have another look at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster before he makes a final decision for his squad list.
However, even Tomlin understands that no other quarterback on the squad will be able to provide what Roethlisberger provides, even if he is injured. Even at the age of 29 years, Roethlisberger is considered one of the underdog quarterbacks in NFL. Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl Rings from 3 encounters under his belt and can destroy his opponent with his humongous frame. Roethlisberger can easily be listed in the Top 5 quarterbacks of NFL.
According to reports from the Steelers medical team, Roethlisberger has a sprain near the front of his left foot. The injury makes it difficult for him to get up on his toes and push off his foot, which means running will be a problem for the quarterback. It also means that Roethlisberger will not be able to rush in the plays.
The injury will mostly affect him on running plays in which Roethlisberger is under center therefore he must pivot to hand off the ball. Roethlisberger would be restricted to a couple of plays, which will give the Titans an advantage.
The injury is also expected to reduce Roethlisberger’s ability to move around in the pocket and avoid rushers. Roethlisberger was a limited participant in Steelers’ practice session on Wednesday, nonetheless he is expected to work more in the Thursday session.
According to early reports from the medical team, Roethlisberger is expected to reach full recovery sometime around next week, but that is if he manages to prevent further damage in Week 5 of NFL.
Tomlin is worrying over his injury depleted squad. He had a major hand in bringing back offensive tackle Max Starks, who was released before the start of the training camp. The reason for his release was Starks being overweight and out of shape.
His re-signing is an attempt to help Steelers injury plagued squad. Starks is expected to hand help the offensive line in the match against Titans this weekend, however Tomlin still has to comment on his status in the team.
Starks has started 75 games at left tackle and right tackle in his 7 years of service to Steelers. He missed the second half of the 2010 season after falling to a neck injury which also restrained him from working out during the offseason.
Since then, Starks has lost 60 pounds and is coming closer to his listed weight of 345 pounds. Starks addition to the squad is to provide depth to the team, however if the OT regains his form he will definitely gain first team status again.