Ben Roethlisberger dismisses knee injury reports as ‘phony’
Speculation is swirling surrounding the health of Ben Roethlisberger in the wake of a concerning report about an undisclosed knee injury. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, however, has since summarily dismissed the chatter.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports filed a report Sunday that suggested a knee injury previously suffered by Roethlisberger “flared up” a few weeks ago and has severely impacted his mobility. The injury could not have come at a worse time, the report notes, as it comes at a time when the Steelers suddenly pass-happy offense is struggling.
When presented with the substance of the reporting concerning the purported nature of his nagging knee injury, Roethlisberger disputed its veracity.
“I’m 38 years old, I’ve plated football for 17 years… (but) other than just an old knee and arthritis, my knee actually feels pretty good,” Roethlisberger told reporters, per Chris Adamski of the Tribune-Review. “That report to me is just one of those phony kind of things people make up.”
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"Other than having an old knee and arthritis, my knee feels really good...That report, to me, is one of those phony things people want to make up."
There is no question that the Steelers are in the midst of a mini-slump, dropping two straight games after rattling off 11 straight wins to start the season. The news of the team’s demise, however, are arguably far-fetched. Roethlisberger pushed back at such a notion by insisting the Steelers are nowhere near panic mode despite the two-game slide.
“The season is not over,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday, per Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette. I want everyone out there to just take a deep breath. I know it’s kind of crazy right now, but we got time.”
The Steelers boast a comfortable two-game lead in the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns on the schedule to close out the season. There could be potentially a lot on the line in the season-finale showdown between the Steelers and Browns if Pittsburgh continues to slump and Cleveland surges.
Roethlisberger, however, believes the Steelers can right the ship, but admits it has to happen fast.
“We’ve lost two. We’re facing some adversity. We’re not hitting the panic button,” Roethlisberger said earlier this week. “Offensively, we’re not very good…It starts with me and I understand that we all need to be better. I think that we will be.
“I think this is a team that’s got a lot of resilience and that is resilient and understands what it takes to win football games and understands what time of year it is and that the way that we’re playing right now is unacceptable.”
The Steelers will attempt to get things trending in the right direction on Monday night with a prime-time showdown in Cincinnati.