It was widely reported on Tuesday that Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had suffered a sprained SC joint in the team’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, but the real concern with Big Ben is the rib injury.
On top of the shoulder sprain, Roethlisberger suffered a rare rib dislocation that has the potential to be a very serious injury. The dislocated rib is in danger of puncturing Roethlisberger’s aorta, which could obviously be devastating.
The injury that Roethlisberger suffered is so rare that it hasn’t happened in 14-years.
“From what [the doctor] told me, it was a 1998 rugby player or something,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ll just try to keep talking to people to get an expectation because we just don’t know (a prognosis).”
There is no timetable for Roethlisberger’s return but he has officially been ruled out for the team’s match up against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. It is believed that Roethlisberger will not be cleared by doctors to return until his rib fully heals — which could be up to six weeks.
Roethlisberger is as tough as it gets, so he plans on working hard and getting back on the field as soon as he is healthy enough to line up under center.
‘m going to get back as soon as I can,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m just getting treatment and trying to do what I can.”