Ben Roethlisberger won’t throw Thursday, shoulder heavily wrapped
It has been decided that Ben Roethlisberger will rest his injured right shoulder for at least one more day, as the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to have their quarterback, who suffered the injury in Saturday’s win over the Bengals, not engage in any throwing activity during Thursday’s practice.
Roethlisberger, who has been undergoing treatment on a sprained AC joint, along with reported torn ligaments in his right shoulder, for five days now, was relegated to watching Wednesday’s practice instead of participating on a limited basis as he had hoped. It appears he may try to step it up a bit Thursday, but not by much.
“I am not going to do any throwing,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in the locker room prior to the start of practice. “I will do some handoff work and stuff like that.”
Making matters appear somewhat even more dire is that Roetlhisberger was spotted Thursday morning “walking around locker room with shoulder heavily wrapped,” per a tweet from Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times, via Steelers Depot.
With only a few days until Sunday’s showdown with the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional round, the fact that Roethlisberger has yet to engage in any throwing activities certainly spells trouble. This is only further compounded considering the many walking wounded already on the offensive side of the ball, including DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Williams, whose presence on the field Sunday is perhaps doubtful at best.
As it stands, the chatter indicates its perhaps 50-50 at best that Roethlisberger will play Sunday. It may even take until pregame warm-ups for the Steelers to make the final determination.
Roethlisberger said he will play only if doing so doesn’t hurt the team, as it’s possible he won’t be able to throw down the field with any velocity due to the injury. But given his legendary toughness and remarkable ability to recover quickly from injury, chances are good Roethlisberger will do everything in his power to be on the field and under center come Sunday.