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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Veteran Superstar Starting Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Suffers from Pectoral Injury

Introduction

On Tuesday, September 21st, 2021 the Pittsburgh Steelers and their head coach, Mike Tomlin, have announced that their veteran superstar starting quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, is currently dealing with a left pectoral injury. This pectoral injured that Big Ben suffered must have occurred at some point in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game last Sunday, September 19th, 2021 against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Las Vegas Raiders ended up winning that game with a final score of 26 to 17 during the Pittsburgh Steelers home opener from Heinz Field which is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ben conceded 2 sacks as well as 10 hits in which some of them were violent soul – crushing hits to the turf. These repeated quarterback slams may have been a little too much for the 6 – foot 5 – inch and 240 – pound old school quarterback from Lima, Ohio in Roethlisberger. A man playing the position of the quarterback of the offense needs to be well – protected in order to prevent these types of nagging injuries that an old and experienced veteran signal caller will endure during a grueling NFL season.

Especially since the National Football League has expanded their NFL season this year to a 17 – game regular season starting in 2021, and it seems like this will be the new norm as the National Football League loves absorbing all of the dollars that they can in this extremely lucrative market. But don’t tell Big Ben that he is an old or washed - up grizzled veteran quarterback as he still believes that he has what it takes to be a highly – successful starting quarterback in the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Injured / Injured Reserve List

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

  • Alex Highsmith – Linebacker – Groin Injury – Listed as questionable.
  • Diontae Johnson – Wide Receiver – Knee Injury – Listed as questionable.
  • Ben Roethlisberger – Quarterback – Pectoral Injury – Listed as questionable.
  • Joe Haden – Cornerback – Undisclosed Injury – Listed as questionable.
  • Devin Bush – Linebacker – Undisclosed Injury – Listed as questionable.
  • Carlos Davis – Defensive Tackle – Undisclosed Injury – Listed as questionable.
  • Tyson Alualu – Defensive End – Ankle Injury – Listed on Injured Reserve.
  • T. J. Watt – Linebacker / Defensive End – Groin Injury – Listed as questionable, but likely to play week 3 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.

Friday, September 3, 2021

  • Zach Banner – Offensive Tackle – Knee Injury – Placed on the injured reserve list on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

  • Stephon Tuitt – Defensive End – Undisclosed Injury – Placed on the injured reserve list on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.
  • Anthony Mc Farland Jr. – Running Back – Undisclosed Injury – Placed on the injured reserve list on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

  • Joshua Dobbs – Quarterback – Toe Injury – Placed on the injured reserve list on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

  • DeMarcus Acy – Cornerback – Knee Injury – Placed on the injured reserve list on Thursday, August 5th, 2021.

Media Statements

"I don't know specifically when Ben got injured in game. I don't know that he does. You know, sometimes just in the midst of competition, adrenaline and so forth, you just don't know. Sometimes things just come up after. Yeah, he did," the Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin expressed. "He took too many hits. We can run the ball better. We can get the ball out of his hand quicker. We can stay on schedule and not get behind the sticks and get in situations where the line of the game is so far that that that enhances the rush."

"He's looking better, but not to be confused with great," Tomlin explained. "We'll follow him and his health as we get through the week. Thankfully in today's NFL, with the flexibility of practice squads and so forth, we have all the answers in – house. I'm not necessarily worried about the injury in terms of our expectations, in terms of our performance. We have a week to prepare with known issues. In - game injuries cause more problems than known issues like you're faced with here at the top of the week."

"I'm disappointed we lost the game, and I'm disappointed that I didn't play well enough to help us win the game," the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger exclaimed to the media last Sunday. "The bumps and bruises come with football."

Ben Roethlisberger’s Football Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

Roethlisberger’s NFL achievements, honors, and awards include becoming a 2 - time Super Bowl champion (XL and XLIII), named as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004, he was selected to the NFL’s Pro Bowl 7 – times (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017), and he was the NFL’s passing yards leader twice (2014 and 2018).

Ben’s NCAA college football achievements, honors, and awards consist of being named to the PFWA All - Rookie Team in 2004, he was named the MAC Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2003, selected as the MAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2003, named the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2001, and the Miami (of Ohio) Red Hawks retired his number 7.

Roethlisberger’s NFL Records

Big Ben’s records in the National Football League:

  • Most career 500 - yard passing games with 4 of them.
  • Most completions in a regular or post season game with 47 completions.
  • Most passing yards in a relief appearance with 379 passing yards.
  • Most passing yards in consecutive post season games with 970 passing yards.
  • Most touchdown passes in a two - game span with 12 touchdown passes.
  • He is the only player with consecutive games of 6 or more touchdown passes.
  • He is the only player with consecutive playoff games of 4 or more touchdown passes.

Sources:

“QB Ben Roethlisberger dealing with pectoral issue as injury list grows for Pittsburgh Steelers”, Brooke Pryor, espn.com, September 21, 2021.

“Ben Roethlisberger”, pro-football-reference.com, September 21, 2021.

“Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries”, espn.com, September 21, 2021.


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