Ben Roethlisberger suffered an MCL sprain during the Steelers' matchup with the St. Louis Rams yesterday. The injury came after he was sacked by Rams safety Mark Barron. The hit was definitely below the knees and it should've resulted in a penalty and the NFL will surely fine him for the hit. He's due to miss the next four to six weeks, which obviously rules him out of Thursday's game. Michael Vick will start in his place.
Ben Roethlisberger hurt on THIS play. #Steelers #PITTvsSTL pic.twitter.com/hg6BpUXxhI— Rick Strom (@RickStrom) September 27, 2015
Roethlisberger has been exceptionally healthy these past two seasons. His 2013 season was the first time Ben Roethlisberger played 16 games since 2008, and 2014 marked the first time he played 16 games in back-to-back seasons. This is obviously a big loss to the Steelers, as Roethlisberger has been playing at a very high level these last few years and it's very doubtful that Vick will be able to play anywhere close to that level.
I'm not celebrating injuries, but this is a huge opportunity for the Ravens. The Steelers will be missing three offensive players on Thursday night and the Ravens need all the help they can get.
Roethlisberger is the fourth major quarterback to suffer an injury this season, joining Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, and Drew Brees in the trainer's room.