QB Ben Roethlisberger exits practice Thursday with ankle injury

10/18/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s ankle could again be a big issue for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a bid to remain in the divisional contest when they face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers moved down to 2-3 after losing in a close match to the Tennessee Titans last Thursday.
 
Ben Roethlisberger reportedly left practice early after sustaining a right ankle injury on Thursday.
 
"I stepped on somebody," stated Ben Roethlisberger. "Just rolled my ankle a little bit."
 
Although Ben Roethlisberger was spotted limping around the locker room after being given medical attention, the eight-year veteran still claimed he is “fine” and will likely play against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend.
 
A Week 7 game win is crucial for both teams. The Cincinnati Bengals are coming-off a two game losing streak and will try to avoid another loss that will force them out of the AFC North divisional title run for the third straight season.
 
The Pittsburgh Steelers have their own issues at hand in terms of a crumbling offensive line.
 
However, both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals have claimed the defense to be a big part of their. But this time in the season, both teams have displayed lacking defensive capabilities on that side of the ball.
 
Any injury from Ben Roethlisberger make headlines with the Pittsburgh Steelers but there are concerns that the recent injury could have some connections with a high-ankle sprain the franchise quarterback sustained during a Week 14, 14-3 victory against the Cleveland Browns last season.  After the game, Ben Roethlisberger described the injury as “it felt like the middle of my leg was just, cracked. … it felt like my foot was outside of my leg.”
 
Although Ben Roethlisberger was spotted limping around the locker room the level of injury did not seem consistent with last seasons’ ankle issues. After being given medical attention, the eight-year veteran Ben Roethlisberger still claimed he is “fine” and will likely play against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend.
 
Ben Roethlisberger has 64.6 percent passes completed for 1487 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions this season.
 
Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who sat out most of Thursday’s game against the Tennessee Titans with a right MCL, joked that he accidently stepped on Ben Roethlisberger’s ankle during practice. Although Maurkice Pouncey returned for practice on Thursday, he was fairly limited. Still the third-year player was optimistic about playing against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday.
 
"It's felt great so far," Maurkice Pouncey stated of his practice on Thursday. “I hope I can. I think I am... If I feel good (Friday), I'll definitely play. If not, I'll have to rest it."
 
However, Maurkice Pouncey was determined at not wasting any time to get back on the field.
 
"It's divisional games, man," Marukice Bouncey stated when he was presented with the notion to take a game off. "We don't got time to take nothing easy. We've got to start getting wins."
 
Maurkice Pouncey’s addition will help to bolster a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line that could be potentially crushed by the Cincinnati Bengals, who rank second in the NFL with 20 sacks.
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