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.