NFL News: Steelers’ Roethlisberger’s injury deemed “life threatening”

Ben Roethlisberger confirmed Wednesday that his rib injury is a bigger concern than his shoulder ailment, and that the issue is so rare, there haven’t been any documented cases since 1998.

Ed Boucehette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Roethlisberger’s rib is partially dislocated, and could actually kill him if it pressed against his aorta. Roethlisberger is expected to be out “a while,” likely lasting well past the team’s contest against the Cleveland Browns in less than two weeks.
Roethlisberger does not believe the issue is season-threatening, but merely needs to rest while the injury heals. At this point, Roethlisberger returning for Pittsburgh’s Week 13 tilt with the Ravens is looking like a best-case scenario, though this seems unlikely at present day. The Browns and Steelers close out the 2012 regular season on December 30.
The 30-year-old product from Miami (OH) has completed 66 percent of his 316 pass attempts this season, amassing 2,287 yards and 17 touchdowns with only four interceptions.
  • Harv 21

    if there’s such a thing as an underpaid pro athlete in America, it’s in the NFL. No guys put themselves in physical danger like football players, and they’re the ones whose contracts can be voided once hurt.

  • ThatAlex

    Geez man. If this is as serious as being reported, he should probably think about early retirement. No game is worth risking your life over. And this is coming from a guy who hates Roethlisberger with a passion.

  • Alex

    Atleast his rape victims know where to hit him now.

  • nj0

    Ouch. I love it.

  • Dee P

    Ray Chapman, Clint Malarchuk, and Dale Earnhardt dislike this.

  • mgbode

    you think Dale Earnhardt was underpaid?

  • Harv 21

    Ray Chapman – pre-batting helmet. Maybe the reason for it.

    Malarchuk – skate blade to carotid artery a rather atypical injury, no? Lost tooth is more like it.

    Earnhardt – athlete? underpaid?

    You know what I mean. Of the major sports, baseball and basketball players aren’t using canes and wheelchairs in early middle age and their surviving families aren’t donating brains for brain-trauma research.

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  • Jared in LA

    As dumb as this sound, I want him to be on the field and healthy when they play the Browns. So much more gratifying of a win against their regular lineup and not the backups.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I’ll take a win over the Steelers any way I can get it, considering how things have gone the past decade. I’m not picky.

  • mgbode

    nor am I, but it wasn’t so long ago that Charlie Batch beat us. and Ben beat us on one leg last season.

  • Kevin Huyghe

    I totally agree. Baseball players get paid way more per year than NFL… plus their careers last 20+ years while an NFL player is lucky to get 8-10 max.. and yeah NFL can void a contract if you get hurt, which you are way more likely to do. Meanwhile we still had to pay Grady Sizemore

  • Dee P

    Just an attempt at a joke, Harv. Yes, I know what you mean.

  • Dee P

    Well, we will be without Marecic, so there….it’s even.

  • Alex B

    Yes, “alleged”.

  • Kildawg

    Insurance covered most (if not all) of that. Don’t think Sizemore will be back next year.

  • Kildawg

    Professional race car drivers are athletes as they need to withstand speeds north of 200 MPH. They are also at risk for concussions (all the rage now in every sport imaginable).

  • saggy

    i think they’re paid fairly but they do hold all the risk with contracts that aren’t guaranteed.

    But baseball players deserve to get paid more – they work 162 times a year – that’s 146 times more than football players.

  • NoVA Buckeye

    As far as race earnings, yes.
    Endorsements? Far from underpaid.

  • dwhit110

    How about a 1 year incentive-laden contract starting at a base of, oh I don’t know, $4 million a year for Sizemore? /sarcasm