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Ben Roethlisberger on remarkable recovery: ‘I drink a lot of milk’


The American Dairy Association might have found its newest spokesperson.

Ben Roethlisberger was the designated backup quarterback heading into Sunday’s showdown with the Cleveland Browns due to a foot sprain suffered in last week’s win over the Oakland Raiders. He was pressed into emergency action after Landry Jones suffered a left ankle injury early in the game. What happened next was nothing short of remarkable.

Roethlisberger broke an NFL record for best regular-season performance by a quarterback coming into a game in relief, passing for 379 yards. He also tossed three touchdowns while posting a 123.2 quarterback rating.

Not bad for a guy who was on crutches less than a week ago and barely practiced.

When asked what may have sparked his speedy recovery, Roethlisberger, who took the field with 8:06 remaining in the first quarter wearing a padded cleat on his injured foot, credited it to his daily intake of calcium.

“I drink a lot of milk,” said. Roethlisberger, via “I kind of surprised myself and everybody because I was in a boot all Monday. My foot was basically black and blue and it’s more than just me. The training staff … doctors, everybody. We were tireless in our rehab and trying to get ready, so like I said, it was a day-by-day process and I was just telling coach how I felt.”

The plan seemed to be for the Steelers to sit Roethlisberger for Sunday’s game, which would have allowed the quarterback several weeks to recover as the team has its bye this week and doesn’t play again until a Nov. 29 showdown with the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran quarterback intends to take advantage of the time off.

“I’m not gonna practice for a while,” he said. “We’ve got a couple of weeks off, so we’ll see how it feels tomorrow. When the adrenaline wears off, it may start hurting. I don’t feel like I did anything to hurt it any worse. It got stepped on; that hurt. … I don’t think I’ll be limited going forward.”