Steelers Roethlisberger has fractured thumb


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has fractured his right thumb.

Roethlisberger injured the thumb on his throwing hand during Pittsburgh’s 24-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Unsure as when it happened, Big Ben first noticed it when coming out for the second half.

“It was hard to determine it on the sideline, but we did all the tests (Monday), and it’s fractured in there,” Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger didn’t miss a snap in the second half and the Steelers improved to 7-3 on the season.

“It hurt, but (Steelers head trainer) John Norwig did a great job taping it up, making a quick splint out of tape and going with it,” Roethlisberger said. “Squeezing the ball is the hardest part, but it’s a good thing that I had a glove on it because that helps gripping it a little bit.”

Suffering a similar injury in 2005, Roethlisberger led his team to a Super Bowl, so this may not be as bad as it sounds.

After its BYE week, Pittsburgh travels to Kansas City on Nov. 27.

“I won’t have to throw for a week or so, (until) next Wednesday or whenever we practice next week,” Roethlisberger said. “So, that’ll be a good time for it to rest. For me, it’ll just be getting used to throwing with a splint on again and a glove on, which I’ve done before.”

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