Looks like the Ben Roethlisberger injury scare was just that: a scare.
Following the Steelers impressive 30-12 victory over Miami in an AFC wild card game at Heinz Field on Sunday, Roethlisberger showed up to the post-game press conference wearing a walking boot.
As told by the quarterback, the injury to his foot occurred very late in the game, when he was taken to the turf by Ndamukong Suh while throwing an interception.
Fortunately, as told by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ron Cook in a series of Tweets Monday afternoon, no significant damage was seen in an MRI, and Roethlisberger is now out the of boot. According to Roethlisberger, who reportedly relayed this information to Cook via email, the ailment was simply an aggravation of an old foot injury, and the Steelers wanted Roethlisberger to wear the boot as a precaution.
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Despite Pittsburgh’s dominant victory, the main talk show and social media fodder on Monday has been head coach Mike Tomlin’s decision to leave Roethlisberger in the game late in the fourth quarter with an almost insurmountable lead.
Obviously, the sound decision would have been to remove the franchise quarterback–clearly the most indispensable player on the roster–from the game to take away even the slightest chance of injury.
Pittsburgh had an 18-point lead with less than five minutes to play at the time of Roethlisberger’s injury, and the chances of the Dolphins mounting a serious comeback were slim-to-none.
Thankfully for Tomlin, Roethlisberger, the Steelers and their fans, this looks like a story that will now quickly die down as Pittsburgh prepares for a huge divisional round match-up with the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.