After suffering a shoulder injury in Monday night’s narrow victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, quarterback Ben Roethlishberger will not play this Sunday in the Steelers matchup with the Ravens. Instead, the start will go to and continue to go to backup Byron Leftwich, who hasn’t started a game in over a year.
FOX Sports Jay Glazer was the first to report that Big Ben isn’t ready to get the green light from the Steelers medical staff, and will be forced to sit out a crucial showdown with the Ravens.
Ben Roethlisberger is out this week and Byron Leftwich will get the start. Steelers are not taking any chances w Ben, deciding to sit him
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 14, 2012
The Steelers are in a tough spot that just got a lot tougher with news that Roethlisberger will miss Sunday’s action. Pittsburgh is looking to even out a rough start to the season by tying the Ravens for the AFC North division lead, but they’ll have to do it not only with out Big Ben, but a number of other critical players.
In addition to Roethlisberger missing Sunday’s game, the Steelers are looking at the very real possibility that Troy Polamalu, Antonio Brown,Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Clark and Marcus Gilbert could all be out as well.
The news gets worse for Roethlisberger, who according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, also suffered a rib injury on the same play the injured his sternoclavicular joint. With Roethlisberger out on Sunday, there is no timetable for his return, and the fate of the Steelers season is in their backup running back, backup quarterback and backup everything else.