All along, words like “uncommon,” “unusual” and “serious” have been used to describe the shoulder and rib injuries that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered Monday night.
The rib injury, though, could be life-threatening and that is why Roethlisberger will be sidelined Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens. The rib is partially dislocated and there is the possibility that it could press into his aorta or puncture his lung, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette reports.
Doctors told Roethlisberger that they hadn’t seen such an injury since a rugby player was hurt in 1998 and Roethlisberger reports that it is incredibly painful. On a scale of 1-10, he told the NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, the pain is at a 9 and he has slept about four hours the last two nights in a chair. He also told her that he believe the rib broken when he fell and his elbow rammed into his body, not because of the hit.
Roethlisberger also has a sprain of the sternoclavicular joint, which joins the sternum and collarbone, and there’s no timetable for his return. Asked whether this might be a season-ending injury, Roethlisberger replied, “I don’t think so. I don’t know, though. I’m not a medical expert.”