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.