Report: Roethlisberger has sprained foot

Posted Oct. 03, 2011 @ 12:36 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained left foot, sources told ESPN'S Chris Mortensen. It is unknown if the injury will prevent Roethlisberger from playing in the team's Week Five game against the Titans. A scan performed on the foot was negative for a fracture, the sources told Mortensen. An MRI was inconclusive because of swelling in the foot.

Roethlisberger was injured in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's Week Four loss to the Texans after being tackled from behind by a defender. He was X-rayed after the game and left the stadium in a walking boot. When asked about it, the quarterback said he wasn't even concerned with the Tennessee game yet.

"I don't know. I'm still worrying about this game," Roethlisberger said. "It's still too fresh in my mind to worry about next week yet. You know me — if I can be out there, I'm going to be out there. That's so for next week, too."

He played part of last season with a broken right foot, so this injury is nothing new for him. If he were unable to play, Charlie Batch or Dennis Dixon (who started against the Titans last year — a 19-11 Steelers win — while Roethlisberger served his four-game NFL suspension) likely would get the start for the Steelers.

The way we see it

With the way the Steelers' offensive line is playing, having a quarterback with an injured foot seems dangerous. Roethlisberger was sacked five times on Sunday and hit a total of eight occasions, the last of which led to the injury. Expect more updates on Roethlisberger's health as the week progresses.