Big Ben went down on Monday night in Pittsburgh against the Kansas City Chiefs. The only difference this time, compared to most, is the fact that he did not return after the incident. In the second half, Roethlisburger went down hard on a sack and injured his shoulder in the process. It was later disclosed that an even more bizarre and dangerous injury also occurred during the hit. The Steelers now are left with Byron Leftwich to lead the charge, but are used to situations like this.
In the past, the Steelers have done quite well without their leader. When Ben missed 4 games due to suspension the team went 3-1 with Charlie batch at the helm. This injury could also keep him out 4 weeks, and maybe even 6. The other injury involved was internal in nature and involved his rib pressing up against his aorta. This injury was described as being very rare, and one export said they saw it only one other time in a rugby play back in 1998.
Ben may miss sometime, but the feeling in Pittsburgh is the show goes on. This is not a team that will use it as an excuse. Mike Tomlin will not let them, and he will make everyone work that much harder to get the team to the playoffs. At this point, the Steelers would have to really lose many to not get a wildcard. They have a good lead at this time in that category, which certainly helps. This Sunday will be the best test they can get as the Ravens will play them at home.