PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger mentioned Wednesday he’ll do “every thing he can” to be obtainable to play Sunday in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals after struggling a left pectoral damage in a Week 2 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
“I do not know the way it occurred, I simply understand it occurred early within the recreation,” Roethlisberger mentioned.
Roethlisberger took 10 quarterback hits in that recreation, together with a tough one by defensive finish Maxx Crosby on fourth-and-Four early within the second quarter. Crosby beat proper sort out Chukwuma Okorafor with an inside transfer, and his helmet drilled Roethlisberger just under his left shoulder, close to the Steelers’ emblem on his jersey.
Roethlisberger, 39, mentioned the damage affected him throughout the recreation, however as a result of he hasn’t tried a move since, he is unsure the way it will have an effect on his throwing movement.
“Sometimes, after I attain for one thing exterior the framework of my physique or, , attempting to push up off, get off the bottom,” Roethlisberger mentioned, describing when he felt ache with the damage.
Roethlisberger needed to push off the bottom steadily Sunday, rising after being drilled by the Raiders’ move rush.
“We knew getting into there, they’d a great rush that was going to be high-motor guys, have been going to get after it,” Roethlisberger mentioned. “And so, , you need to put together for that. However all of us should be higher to remove hits, to have a greater run recreation, to have extra huge performs, to be extra environment friendly. So it is on all of us to assist these issues.”
Coach Mike Tomlin mentioned Tuesday it occurred too usually.
“He took too many hits,” Tomlin mentioned. “We will run the ball higher. We will get the ball out of his hand faster. We will keep on schedule and never get behind the sticks and get in conditions the place the road of achieve is up to now that it enhances the push.”
Enjoying behind a younger offensive line, Roethlisberger continued to acknowledge the rising pains his unit continues to undergo greater than two weeks into the season.
“I inform the fellows so much, nobody needs to be nice,” he mentioned. “If we’re all good and collectively we may be nice. You already know, offense is such a gaggle effort. It takes actually all 11 guys on each play to make it work, and when one man’s just a little off right here or there, you may have an effect on the entire thing. So we’re simply going to continue learning and rising and determining how we are able to attempt to get higher.”
Tomlin first disclosed his quarterback’s damage Tuesday and mentioned it might have an effect on his preparation for the week. Roethlisberger, who sometimes would not apply Wednesday, is not any stranger to enjoying via accidents with restricted on-field prep. A 12 months in the past, Roethlisberger suffered a knee damage in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys and missed all week of apply after being deemed an in depth contact to a COVID-19-positive teammate. He did not miss a recreation and threw for 4 touchdowns and 333 yards in opposition to the Bengals — additionally the Steelers’ upcoming Week three opponent.
Requested what wanted to occur for him to really feel snug enjoying Sunday, Roethlisberger performed it near the vest. “At present is just Wednesday,” he mentioned, “so we’ve got a variety of time to get able to go.”