In a week with the likes of Drew Brees, Tony Romo and Jay Cutler already out due to injuries; another quarterback went down with an injury on Sunday. During the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 12-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams, Ben Roethlisberger was forced to exit the contest with what was later diagnosed as a MCL sprain and a bone bruise that could sideline him for 4-6 weeks.
During the third quarter, Roethlisberger was hit low by Rams safety Mark Barron; after which he left the game and did not return. Though many have questioned the legality of the hit, Big Ben did not have a problem with it.
“I don’t think it was a dirty hit. I don’t think (Barron) was trying to take me out,” said Roethlisberger on Tuesday. “According to the rules, it was a low hit, so maybe it should have been flagged. But I don’t think he intentionally tried to do anything to hurt me.”
Prior to leaving the game, Roethlisberger was 20-for-24 for 192 yards with one interception. He was replaced in the huddle by Michael Vick, who went 5-for-6 for 38 yards. Vick is also expected to start during Big Ben’s absence, with Landry Jones serving as his backup.
Vick, who was signed as a free agent after Bruce Gradkowski went down during training camp, will have to acclimate himself in the offense in a hurry. The Steelers have a quick turnaround, as they are scheduled to take on division rival Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.