Ankle sprain shouldn’t sideline Ben Roethlisberger

Mark J. Miller
December 13, 2011

High ankle sprains took Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey off of the field for a bit during Thursday night's 14-3 win over the Cleveland Browns.

After the game, Roethlisberger said the whole thing was not a pleasant experience for him. "It was one of the most painful things I ever felt," Roethlisberger said, according to Sports Illustrated. "It felt like the middle of my leg was just, cracked ... it felt like my foot was outside of my leg."

However, Roethlisberger returned to the game, but Pouncey did not. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, however, that they both have the least damaging type of sprain. That's good news particularly for Pouncey, who had a sprain on the same ankle that kept him out of Super Bowl XLV.

"That was terrible the first time," Pouncey said Monday, according to the Post-Gazette. "It's nowhere near that there. That was season ending. This is not."

Roethlisberger has been "told to wear a protective boot on his left ankle" and to get rest, the paper reports, but should be ready to go against the San Francisco 49ers next Monday night. "Ben's a different breed," inside linebacker James Farrior said, the Post-Gazette reports. "There's no telling what he's going to do."

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