Injuries. They are a natural part of the game of football. When you put that helmet and those pads on, you are putting your body on the line and at potential risk 80 percent of the time. One guy that’s been pretty tough at playing through injuries is Ben Roethlisberger. I’ve seen him play after getting drilled, hyperextending his knee, injuring his shoulder and he’s still managed to lead his team down the field when it’s mattered the most. Yesterday in Miami, he left the game against the Dolphins with an injured and later on, the report came out that he tore his meniscus, the same injury that Adrian Peterson suffered in week two and there’s no timetable for Roethlisberger’s return and this is big for the Steelers.
For years, I’ve stated that if the Pittsburgh Steelers want to be considered as Super Bowl contenders, they need a healthy Ben Roethlisberger under center to win games. You saw how much of a difference he made in the Wild Card game against the Steelers in January. He had to come out the game and Landry Jones came in for him and really couldn’t generate anything offensively. Ben comes back in, he gets them all the way down the field and into field goal position to win the football game. He’s a veteran that’s seen just about every game situation possible and makes clutch throws. When he first came into the league, he was a game manager and now, he can take games over into his own hands. Nobody has been better at extending the play like a Ben Roethlisberger. He shows the terrific use of his feet to keep the play alive and he’s also great at pump faking the ball and forcing defenders to jump up in the air so he can move up in the pocket.
He was off to the best start of his career. 16 touchdown passes and was the anchor behind that prolific Steelers offense led by him, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Even without Martavis Bryant, he was finding ways to get the unknown guys involved. Jesse James, Eli Rogers, and Sammie Coates have all benefitted from being around a guy like Big Ben.