When Ben Roethlisberger went down last Monday night, it was feared that his shoulder would keep him out the next week. But doctors now believe the rib injury he suffered was more serious and that the quarterback will miss the next three weeks.
Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday morning that the Steelers are setting up a three week window of rest for Roethlisberger but there is still hope that he will be able to return in two weeks. However, as stated, this is a rib injury, not the shoulder injury, that’s keeping Big Ben out of action. The shoulder is not helping anything, but from the sounds of it, doctors are more concerned about the dislocated rib.
The injury is so severe that it could have been life threatening, as the injury was threatening is aorta.
Roethlisberger reportedly was in as much pain Friday as he was Monday. Though Roethlisberger has said that the dislocated rib could have posed a threat to his aorta, Schefter and Mortensen report that “the greater threat is to the surrounding arteries, vessels and soft tissue.”
For the time being, Byron Leftwich will take over the reigns for the Steelers, starting Sunday night against the Ravens. But as Mike Florio pointed out, the only way this injury will heal is with rest which means while Roethlishberger may return early, he could also be out longer than three weeks just the same.