The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-4 after Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger showed he’s still capable of putting up Pro Bowler-like numbers, but fell just short of leading what would have been a miraculous comeback.
During the game, he briefly exited the game in the fourth quarter with a thumb injury on his right throwing hand, and was eventually able to return and rally the Steelers back from a 34-10 deficit.
With a suddenly efficient passing offense, highlighted by the return of Pro Bowl tight end Heath Miller, Big Ben looked poised to engineer another comeback win after he drove the Steelers down to the Vikings’ 10-yard line with 20 seconds left in the game and his team trailing 34-27.
But the comeback would fall just short, as Ben was strip-sacked and lost the ball, and the game was over.
Now, with the team on its bye-week and having a matchup with the New York Jets on the horizon, there’s still a glimmer of hoe, but only if Big Ben is healthy, and according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, his finger injury turned out to be a dislocation:
Ben has sublexation of R forefinger. Says no big deal and wont affect him when Steelers resume play at Jets in two weeks
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 1, 2013