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Roethlisberger Denies Taking any Painkilling Injection For His Ankle

Ben Roethlisberger said he didn’t take any painkilling injections before playing through a high-ankle sprain in a 20-3 loss to the 49ers on Monday night according to Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“We heard that (ESPN analyst) Steve Young and those guys say that before pre-game, ‘Oh, he’ll go shoot it up.’ No we don’t do that,” Roethlisberger said. “They would never put me out there and endanger me or anybody on this team. There was no injection there was two Tylenols and two Advil.”

That Roethlisberger took anything stronger for the pain caused by he injury to hs left ankle was a source of contention in a quiet Steelers’ locker room. As he wrapped Roethlisberger’s foot before the veteran quarterback talked to reporters, Steelers head trainer John Norwig said angrily, “He played without a needle.”

Said Roethlisberger, “I just think it’s silly that they assume that’s what you’ve got to do. Obviously we could have done that and it would have helped a lot but that’s kind of crazy to take that chance because you can further injure yourself.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. The Tony

    December 20, 2011 at 10:56 am

    We ran the ball 18 times. We passed 44 times. Pathetic! We needed to establish the run early, but even with Ben’s injury, the aerial circus was out last night.

  2. DrGeorge

    December 21, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Quite right, amigo. I had expected them to run much more. The fact that they didn’t (or couldn’t) speaks volumes about Arians’ ability to adapt. Peter told me not to hold my breath waiting for Arians to run the ball. From what I saw Sunday night, he should have told me to hold my nose. Ironically, the 49ers did exactly what we recommended here: they threw short and ran the ball a lot and effectively. But then their offense had a big advantage — they actually practice those things. And our aerial circus never got off the launching pad.

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