Scott Brown reports that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke his thumb on his throwing hand in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It doesn’t look like he’ll miss any games, however – the Steelers have a bye this week, and Roethlisberger says he would play the Steelers’ next game even if that weren’t the case.
Ben on whether a broken thumb will affect his status Nov. 27 in KC: “Absolutely not. I’d play this week.”
Behind The Steel Curtain, meanwhile, notes that Roethlisberger’s thumb has been a consistent problem.
The injury happened during the third quarter of the Bengals game. When asked when exactly it happened, Ben said he did not recall. Apparently, that thumb has been a problem for Ben for his entire career. He has had to wear a protective sleeve over it in previous seasons. That would probably explain why he wears a glove sometimes, despite it not being cold out.
Roethlisberger’s willingness to play through injury is well-known, and this injury probably feels like child’s play compared to some of the others he’s had. I wouldn’t expect it to be a problem going forward.