Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Pro Bowl
8:00PM Eastern on ESPN

Thread Tools
Old 11-05-2008, 08:50 AM   #1
lamberts-lost-tooth's Avatar

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Midwest
Posts: 10,829
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2363
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday

Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday
By Mike Bires, Times Sports Staff
Published: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 11:35 PM EST

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers may not have a quarterback controversy, but they do have serious issues.

Ben Roethlisberger’s right shoulder, originally injured in the season opener, is affecting his performance. Coach Mike Tomlin admitted as much Tuesday at his weekly press conference.

And with Roethlisberger aggravating the injury in Monday’s 23-6 win over Washington, there’s now a question of who should play Sunday when the Steelers (6-2) play Indianapolis (4-4).

As always when asked about his quarterback’s health status, Tomlin was vague. He refused to speculate if Byron Leftwich will start against the Colts.

However, Tomlin did confirm that Roethlisberger’s recent performances have suffered due to a sprain or slight separation that won’t go away.

“I’m sure his shoulder has affected him,” Tomlin said. “How much it has affected him, I do not know. It really is kind of irrelevant, truth be known. We don’t look for or seek excuses. Bumps and bruises and injuries are part of this game. When we deem people healthy enough to play, their play speaks for itself.”

If Tomlin really means that, then he must acknowledge that Roethlisberger just suffered through one of the worst two-game stretches of his career.

Roethlisberger compiled a miserable 15.1 passer rating against the Redskins. In last week’s 21-14 loss to the Giants, his passer rating was 38.5.

In those two games, he completed just 18 of 46 passes (39.1 percent) with one touchdown and five interceptions.

Statistically, that’s the worst he played since his first two games of the 2006 season when he combined for no TD passes and five interceptions while compiling passer ratings of 38.7 and 30.7.

“No news in regards to Ben. He has a (noon) appointment (today) to get scanned,” Tomlin said. “We will have news at some point, just not as I sit here right now.”

Later, Tomlin reiterated that the Steelers would issue an update on Roethlisberger once results of his MRI were determined.

“I will if and when I get it,” he said.

Just as Tomlin finished his press conference, Roethlisberger had already finished his exam and was eating lunch in the cafeteria at team headquarters. His right arm wasn’t in a sling, but based on the way he carried his food tray with his left hand, it was obvious his shoulder is still sore.

“I’m all right,” he told a member of the organization.

Despite Tomlin’s promise that there would be an update on Roethlisberger’s condition, a team spokesman said otherwise.

So, with Roethlisberger’s health in question, there’s a very good chance that it will be Leftwich who starts against Indianapolis.

“I don’t want to speculate at this point,” Tomlin said. “We could speculate for the rest of today. I’d just (rather) wait until we get more vital information to see where he is”

Last year when he threw a team-record 32 TD passes, Roethlisberger posted a 104.1 passer rating, another team record. He was the NFL’s second-highest rated passer behind New England’s Tom Brady (117.2).

But now with a sore shoulder that’s affecting his play, Roethisberger ranks 21st in the league with a 79.6 passer rating.

“I always tell Ben, ‘When you’re really hurt, let me know,’ ” Leftwich said.

At halftime, it was Tomlin who told Leftwich that Roethlisberger wouldn’t be able to continue.

“Let’s go 4,” Tomlin said.

“What do you mean?” Leftwich answered.

“Get ready. You’re going in,” Tomlin said.

Leftwich, a former Jacksonville starter, was ready.

In his first meaningful appearance since the Steelers signed him in August, he led the offense to two touchdowns on their first three second-half possessions.

lamberts-lost-tooth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 09:06 AM   #2
Living Legend
devilsdancefloor's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Columbus, Indiana
Posts: 4,015
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10172
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday

Well if the injury just isnt going away maybe he should take a few weeks off maybe comeback after the bungels game. the way our D is playing if we get a few FG or a td we are gonna win.
Don't do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts.

I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and the soul.

devilsdancefloor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 10:09 AM   #3
Team Owner
klick81's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 2,683
Member Number: 1396
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday

If this is the case, I can only hope that Leftwich can consistently play as well as he did no Monday. Rest up Ben!
Ward, after being fined by Goodell on a play that was not penalized:

Originally Posted by Hines Ward
What are you going to say, I was too rough?
klick81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 10:30 AM   #4
Team Captain
Leftoverhard's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 808
Member Number: 9337
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday

This injury has really affected Ben's throwing ability all season long. I've noticed it. They're gonna have to suck it up and fix it and if that means leaving it up to Leftwich for a couple weeks - so be it. Hopefully it isn't too late for the shoulder to heal properly during this season.
Leftoverhard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 10:48 AM   #5
Team President

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Maui by way of New Brighton PA
Posts: 2,030
Member Number: 5196
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday

Probably not a bad idea, but I doubt Bens pride will allow him to sit down against Manning.

IMO he's putting way too much pressure on himself to live up to the new contract. We don't need a pro bowl/fantasy QB right now. With the way our D is playing we'll win 90% of the time as long as we don't have muliple turnovers.
rbryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 12:48 PM   #6
TeeJay's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: England....the ONLY one there is. New my arse!!
Posts: 536
Member Number: 7083
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday

Just my personal opinion, and heck, I have been known to be wrong.....now and again , so, don't flame me too bad, but.....if The Steelers are to make an impact in the play-offs, a 100% fit Ben is definitely the way to go. (Even this awesome D is going to need a little help once in a while).

So...he has to rest up for a while. No point in him struggling and possibly getting us the Divisonal Title, if he's going to be lame going into the Play-Offs. Give Byron a few games, (I think he'll surprise us all ) and let Ben get fit (no one can surely disagree we have all seen a drop off in his effectiveness lately). Despite what Ben wants to do, which is totally admirable, even he needs a break, to mend.

And any team, will fear Big Ben when he can play fully fit!

My personal fear is, if Ben continues playing right now, he won't be fit at all for the Play-Offs, (assuming we get there) and that's not really a good time to be wondering how good Bryon is........that's a bit too late!
"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler." -- Jack Lambert. Feb '09 - Hell Yeah, they made the Doughnuts
TeeJay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 01:00 PM   #7
Assistant Coach

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Charleston, SC via New Brighton, PA
Posts: 1,093
Gender: Male
Member Number: 4202
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday

We need Ben 100% for the playoffs. Give him the time to heal up. I know he may not get to 100%, but get him close. Lefty did a good job in relief and beleive he can continue to be a good fill in for us for a couple of games. Would rather have Lefty playing now and get Ben healthy for the playoff run.

Like RBryan said, with our D playing the way it is, we will be OK!
"Good men drink good beer!" Hunter S. Thompson
SCSTILLER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 01:04 PM   #8
Quest For Seven
MACH1's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Potataho
Posts: 15,218
Member Number: 3236
Thanks: 2,304
Thanked 6,941 Times in 2,561 Posts
Default Re: Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday

Rest Ben for a couple of games. Get him healed up little for the playoff run.

MACH1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 01:15 PM   #9
Bench Warmer
SteelFist's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Maryland, Suburbs of DC
Posts: 321
Gender: Male
Member Number: 84
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday

If he was hurting, he shouldn't have been playing...period. Did he hurt the team more than help vs the Giants??

Ben and Tomlin should share the blame on this one.

"That guy across from me, he has to do one or two things, either raise his level of play or get his a-- kicked all day" - Greg Lloyd
SteelFist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 02:16 PM   #10
Living Legend

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 5,868
Gender: Male
Member Number: 3261
Thanks: 260
Thanked 695 Times in 331 Posts
My Mood: Brooding
Default Re: Leftwich may start for a hobbled Ben Sunday

Ben should sit. But if prior years are any indication, he won't.

Lefty is more than capable of leading against the Colts while he heals up.
Edman is online now   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:48 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts