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Ben Roethlisberger ‘ready to go’ for Patriots showdown despite rib injury

Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday morning declared himself “fine” and “ready to go” for Sunday’s showdown with the New England Patriots despite suffering a rib injury during a loss to the Oakland Raiders.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback does not plan to practice later in the day but deemed it “probably a normal Wednesday for me,” as the veteran has been known to putting in too much work during the week.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin deemed Roethlisberger’s injury as “several rib contusions” earlier in the week, and what exactly played out during last Sunday’s loss has inspired no shortage of confusion. 

Roethlisberger appeared to suffer the injury during the first half against the Raiders and did not return until later and the game. Blame for the confusion — including the length of time it took for Roethlisberger to get back on the field — has been placed on the Steelers being unable to determine the extent of his injury due to poor X-ray equipment at the Raiders’ home stadium, per reporting from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette Tuesday.

Regardless of the nature and fallout from Roethlisberger’s injury, the quarterback was asked Wednesday whether he planned to wear extra padding or take extra precautions ahead of Sunday’s critical game.

“(But) every situation, I think, is different,” Roethlisberger said while adding he’s previously played through rib injuries, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They are not fun to deal with at times; they wake you up when you’re sleeping. But it is what it is, you just play football. Everyone in (the locker room) is dealing with something.”

The Steelers (7-5-1) have dropped three straight and suddenly have the Ravens (7-6) breathing down their neck in the AFC North heading into hosting the Patriots at Heinz Field. 

The fact that Roethlisberger will again tough it out despite injury and play in a critical game certainly is a positive, as are reports that James Conner may return to the lineup as well.