As if being 2-2 and losing to the Texans isn’t bad enough, word from Houston is that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hurt his left foot during the loss.
Roethlisberger completed 16-of-30 passes for 206 yards with an interception. He hurt his left foot in the fourth quarter and was given an x-ray after the game, but the results weren’t revealed. He ran for his life all day, and eventually was sacked five times.
He limped into the locker room about 20 minutes after the game with his arms draped around a pair of Steelers employees and an ace bandage and a bag of ice wrapped around his injured foot. He sat alone at his chair with his head down and looked to be gazing at his foot for several minutes before putting on the walking boot to limp to the showers.
Even though the O-line was awful again, Roethlisberger didn’t blame his teammates for the setback.
“I’ve still got to make plays,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ve got to make it easier on my guys and I didn’t do that today.”
Coach Mike Tomlin said this week that he felt like they had the players to get the protection problems fixed, but he wasn’t sure after the game.
“It depends on the health of the men,” he said. “We’ll rally and see who we have coming back, look at the men who played in this game and make those decisions at the appropriate time.”
Tomlin also disclosed running back Rashard Mendenhall had an injury to his right hamstring, defensive end Aaron Smith suffered a mid-foot sprain, and linebacker Jason Worilds had a left quad injury.
LB James Harrison missed the entire third quarter with an eye injury but came back for the fourth quarter.