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3 questions with Ben Roethlisberger


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced today on a limited basis. He wore a glove on his right hand as well as a splint that protects his broken right thumb.
What follows are selected questions from his Q&A with reporters:

Q: How hard is it getting used to this injury?
A: It hurts, first off, to just grip the ball. It’s something you’ve got to get used to. Coach (Mike Tomlin) told me not to throw today but I was like “I want to get some reps, I want to throw some.” Obviously I didn’t take any under center snaps but I wanted to get a few reps in, at least get a feel for it.

Q: Is there anything Maurkice Pouncey can do to help the thumb when snapping?
A: No, I don’t want him to have to change who he is. He’ll just do what he does and make the adjustments.

Q: How much could the pistol formation help?
A: At all costs we try to avoid that because it’s tougher on the (running) back to see around me, but if that’s how we have to get through some practice and plays we’ll do that.



  1. David says:

    hopefully jay cutler will see that been doesn’t plan on missing any games and call him to see how he is doing it,,, kudos to Ben, but i hope he is smart enough about it not to further the injury cause right now we need him with as tight as the division is,,, but frankly speaking, i feel the Steelers are in a much better position at quarterback then most teams, well, the onus is on us because the Ravens hold tie breakers with us,,,,, win-win-win is all we can do, just like last year but with an added foe in the Bengals who got robbed on that touchdown….. heres to next Sunday and a win at KC….

  2. eyeheartbrucearians says:

    Steelers have to take Ben out ASAP in the rest of the regular season games. If only we can build a comfortable lead…

  3. Dick says:

    If anyone can play with this type of injury it would be Ben. What really concerns me is his abiility to hang onto the football. We sure don’t need any more turnovers. This would be a week to go with a backup if there is any doubt at all about Ben’s playability. We really need him for the long run. I somehow have no doubt that Ben will be under center come Sunday because he is a gamer……………and the best! Go Steelers! (and Jeannette Jayhawks!)

  4. Doug Halfen says:

    Yup, we’re back to Robo-Ben!!! X^D

    Seriously, our guy survived an unintentional stint of imitating a hood ornament — sacks and the occasional injury (the likes of which would sideline a lesser player such as Veal Cutlet) are child’s play by comparison.

    Ben just needs to release (or throw away) the ball quickly and accurately. If any defender is going to jump a route (a la Sluggs), then don’t take the freakin’ chance, especially on screens — PLEASE!!!

    And I _challenge_ the O-line and RBs (Rashard, Isaac, Mewelde, and Jonathan) to _seriously_ step-up the running game a few notches. Take some of the weight off of Big Ben’s shoulders. And no goofy fumbles!!!!!

    KC was just DEMOLISHED by an underachieving Patsies team, and we need to make sure that the Chefs continue riding the Pain Train.

    Most of all, we need to avenge that hideous OT loss from two years ago. Win and move on!

  5. Doug Halfen says:

    I repeat to the RBs: _no_ fumbles! In fact, the word doesn’t exist in your vocabulary — it just doesn’t happen, got it? ;^>

    No… such… thing.

  6. Jopa-n says:

    I think running out of the gun can be more of an advantage if done right.
    Example: Mendhall stands beside or just behind and off to the left side of Big Ben-
    Ben gets the snap: If it’s a a run to the left or a fake, Ben extends the ball out and Rashard is right there to go-
    If it’s a run up the middle or to the right or even a play fake: Ben extends the ball out more in front and Rashard comes across in front of him. That by the way, is a great play fake move. Defenders really have to watch and see what is going on before being sure of there actions-
    That doesn’t even account for the fact that a pitch left is even easier out of that formation. RB gets out quicker, QB can release the pitch faster.

  7. the old coach says:

    Hey Ben, the other day I broke my thumb at the apple orchard I work. I did not tell anyone and kept working putting trees up after the storm. I just put a glove on and kept too, all for 8 dollars an hour. How about just shutting the hell up and playing football for a million dollars a game. If you really want to see some injuries go over to Afganistan. You are just another spoiled drama queen.

  8. scoobie doo says:

    The old coach is right on the money! If your that tough you should just shut the hell up and play football. Did Johny U tell us about all his aches and pains?

  9. Raven Fan says:

    Ben should be in a daytime soap opera. The guy is a drama queen.

  10. Mike K says:

    Old Coach…maybe you should be the one to shut your yam. When has one of your trees, weighing 300 pounds, slammed into you at full speed at least 5-6 times a game. Bet if it happened once and you lived, you would be sobbing like a baby. Must be one of those Bengal fans. Sorry you weren’t athletic enough or smart enough to earn more than $8 an hour. Guess an education counts for something. What did you coach…badminton?

  11. Dick says:

    Hey Old Coach, why the hate? Ben has proved his mettle in a tougher enviornment than picking apples. You talk the talk but could never walk the walk. Why the hate for the Steelers? Do they win too much for you? Name me one QB in the NFL who is tougher than Ben. You can’t, because there isn’t any. I don’t know what team you root for but i’m uessing it is Cleveland. GO STEELERS!

  12. eyeheartbrucearians says:

    Old Coach is just mad because he earns $8.00/hr. I think that he’s a few apples shy of a bushel.

  13. Dewey says:

    Old Coach go back to bed – and wake up again

    When you open up your eyes next time – don’t come down on Ben

    Take a look around the league – and tell me what you see

    Big Ben’s the toughest of them all – including YOU and me

  14. Scott P says:

    The most heartbreaking, and disappointing moment in my life as a Steelers fan occurred when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. That is, until yesterday. The news that Bruce Arians will not retire at the end of this season has crushed my spirit. There is no joy in Mudville.

  15. Luis says:

    And also stop cutting dow trees old coach.

  16. Nick says:

    @the old coach – crabby much? Man alive, you act as if Ben wants to talk about his broken thumb. The media has a job to do. I could be wrong, but did you have dozens of reports shoving microphones in your face after you broke your thumb in the orchard?

  17. eyeheartbrucearians says:

    Perhaps Old Coach broke his thumb when he sat down…

    Scott P, cheer up. Maybe BA will be hired away by some team, pro or college, looking for a new OC or even Head Coach.

  18. David says:

    People, can’t we all just get along!
    Curled is reported as being out 6 to 8 weeks cause he broke his thumb in his last game, he didn’t cry about it, it was reported by you guessed it, the team and the media. Duh!
    @the apple picker , who cares what u do and how much you make. That’s the Rock in me talking…. Can u smell_LLLL what the Brock.Iz.Cooking.

  19. Rick says:

    Old Coach and Raven Fan, one in same the way they talk. Ah well.

    Owner and coach met with NFL Front Office – bet it was a full on love scene. NOT.
    But it appears not to be a kiss and tell deal either. Bet the Clark fine stays ridiculously large and the officials flag us more. Oh yeah, and wear blinders for real penalties against us.

    Would love Woodley back, but if not, then that is what is, more for Harrison!! Or maybe Worilds, who knows. Ha ha, silliness I know, we have a world of ‘Wo(e)’ coming from the left OLB.

  20. K2 says:

    BB is a bit of a cry baby, but he tends to play big when he is hurt….I like our changes down the stretch!

  21. David says:

    I have yet to read where BB is crying on anything, if anything he takes the blame for losses and poor performances on his part, he owns up to mistakes made out there, he doesn’t cry about it, he shruggs of bad calls and missed calls by the men in stripes, never heard him cry or complain when ngata broke his nose with no flag thrown on that play, regardless anyone hating on Ben on here must be from another planetary galaxy. Get a life and a job that pays more then 8 bucks an hour, and if your doing tree work for 8 bucks an hour you must not be that reliable cause in my neck of the wood ( beach ) a job like that nets 15 bucks an hour have a gobble gobble day

  22. David says:

    Franco Harris is asking for donationations for the Penn State victims,,, Question? why should the public pay for that….. penn state university should be liable for covering that crap up for 9 plus years especially the former president of the school for lobbying congress to exempt them from the ” right to know” to the public, this school with held this from the public now the public is being asked to help monetarily what the school should be liable for…. college is expensive enough without asking us to bear the burden of this cover up,, thanks, but no thanks…. ask McQueary

  23. Paulie Raspa says:

    O-Line needs to protect BIG BEN!!! More importantly — Our running game needs to return .. I would rather see 200 yds on the ground than Ben on his back 3 times from sacks per game or 8 times just scrambling and getting hit….. Anyone agree???

  24. Scott P says:

    Paulie Raspa,
    I agree with you 100%. Unfortunately, as long as B.A. holds the position of O.C., we will not see consistent production from the running game. Ben will have to hold the ball while his receivers break off the designed routes and play backyard football. The result is that Ben will continue to get smacked around like a rag doll. The only question is who will retire first. If B.A. does not leave soon, Ben will continue to suffer career shortening injuries. He has already taken more physical abuse than any other QB in the history of the league.

    How much more can he take?

  25. Jopa-n says:

    Yep, Everybody knows running the ball is a piece of cake. That’s why so many teams rack up 200 yards rushing! I can’t figure out why with this group of hall a fame run blockers, the Steelers just don’t run the ball 60 times a game. I mean, everybody knows they could. They have just been pacing themselves for the last 5 years!

  26. Dick says:

    Hey Paulie, just want to say I agree with you based on Ben’s injury. However, I am looking for 3 TD oasses from Ben Sunday night. He has a knack for performing well under adversity. Bottom line……….Steelers 27, KC 9. (Old Coach: Eat your heart out.)

  27. David says:

    our last 4 games don’t even total 200 yards, we cant rush for 200 yards if it was a point of emphasis we just don’t have the backs to do this,,,, thats laughable at best knowing the last 100 yard game came in week 2…… i have a headache now!

  28. David says:

    the last time we ran the ball with authority was in the cohwer/knoll era, tomlin don’t know anything about a run game…..he is enjoying the luxury of having Ben Roethlisberger…..

  29. Carl says:

    I do believe we have a troller in this site in Old Coach. Either that, or one really cranky SOB of a Steeler fan! I’m going with troll….

  30. Scott P says:

    The main reason for the Steelers inabilty to run effectively is the lack of repetition. Several Steelers players have come out and said that they do not even practice running plays during the week.

    In order to improve at anything, you have to work at it.

    Or maybe they could just cover up their inadequacies and wait for a grand jury to make them public. That seems to be the Jopa way….

  31. Jopa-n says:

    (Scratching head) Lack of repitition. Hmmm. That would mean that any team can be run dominant if they ‘wanted’ too. ‘Repitition’ can be accomplished by anyone. Yet we are in a league where the majority of plays come under pass plays for every team.

    I wonder why teams don’t ‘want’ to be run dominant?

    OL- to DL that just punked him:
    “You know, if my team practiced that play more often, I’d clock you.”

    DL: “Got news for you, we actually practice too on defense. Don’t hold your breath.”

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