Ben Roethlisberger is without a doubt one of the toughest pure football players in the league. Ravens fans have seen it first hand for that matter. With a broken nose from a nasty hit from Haloti Ngata, Roethlisberger simply went to the sideline and got it cleaned up and reset before coming right back out.
We've all made fun of him and the Steelers, but deep down, I'd like to think there is a little admiration for what he has accomplished in his career through injuries. Well if there needed to be another storyline added to this weekend and to the legacy of Big Ben, his latest injury would do the trick.
Confirmed on Tuesday that he has a sprained AC join and torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder, Roethlisberger was kept out of a bit of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals until it was obvious his heroics would be needed once again. Surely under the help of a big needle and some pain relievers, Roethlisberger went out there and was able to get the offense close enough to kick a field goal. Well, with the help of some stupid personal foul penalties that pushed them another 30 yards of course.
This week, he'll likely be suiting up and starting for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Despite being labeled as day-to-day thus far, the team is in a do or die mode put on by being in the playoffs, where a single loss is the final loss of the 2015-2016 season. After seeing how backup Landry Jones did against the Bengals, few people are cheering for Jones to be under center with the Steelers' first drive.
While the Ravens are out of it, this weekend becomes another odd one as Baltimore's fans will have a hard time choosing between Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning to win and go onto the next round. Either way, having Big Ben involved makes it a much more interesting football game for sure.