Monday, December 12, 2011

Roethlisberger calms injury fears

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has admitted that he feared he had broken his leg during the recent victory against the Cleveland Browns.

He was forced to go to the locker room and did not reappear in the first half before eventually returning to the action in the second half, albeit with a noticeable limp.

Roethlisberger was sacked by former Steeler Scott Paxson with 5:59 to go before half time and turned his left ankle as he fell to the ground.

"I thought my leg was broken," he said. "My ankle felt like it was going to explode. But I wanted to be out there for my guys."

Charlie Batch came on for Roethlisberger, but he was 0 for 2 as a passer and was sacked once in two drives before the first half ended. Anyone looking at the online NFL betting would not have been impressed.

The Steelers suffered several more injury problems during the game, with defensive lineman Ziggy Hood having to leave the pitch in the second quarter with a groin injury.

Starting center Maurkice Pouncey also injured an ankle with Doug Legursky moving from left guard to center while Chris Kemoeatu came in to play left guard.

Despite their injury woes, the Steelers continue to enjoy an excellent season and have now won ten of their 13 matches. They sit at the top of the AFC North standings and have won four successive games since losing 23-20 to Baltimore in early November.

Pittsburgh's last three games of the regular season are against San Francisco on 19th December, St Louis on Christmas Eve and Cleveland on New Year's Day.

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