Roethlisberger told reporters on Wednesday that the injury could kill him by pressing against his aorta and puncturing his lung. So that’s not good.
His rib is partially dislocated. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com and NFL Network passes along word from Roethlisberger that his pain level is at a 9 on a scale of 1-10. He’s only sleeping four hours a night. Ed Bouchette of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t expect Roethlisberger to play for a while.
This morning I got a paper cut that I would describe as a 6, so one only imagines what would make Roethlisberger dole out a 9.
Some things are more important than football. A man's aorta (along with his testicles) happens to be one of those.
The Steelers can wait--even if they have to wait until next year.