Roethlisberger’s Foot Injury More Serious than Reported, Surgery Was a Possibility

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s broken foot was so bad that late last season there were times when he did not think he’d be able to walk, and he even considered surgery as an option.

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Scott Brown, Roethlisberger dropped another bomb:

If it continues to be as painful as it was at the end of last year, then I’m going to probably have to have the surgery.

In the locker room Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is known as somewhat of a drama queen when it comes to injuries. So perhaps the latest Roethlisberger revelation should be taken with a grain of salt.

Still, the prospect of losing Ben to a mid-season foot operation is not encouraging.

Perhaps, however, the lockout has provided one positive spin off benefit – it has given Roethlisberger time to heal.

It’s doing really good. [sic] It’s healed up. Obviously, it helps when I’m not cutting and planting and doing all of these different activities. It’s really come a long way.

Tribute to the Tribune Review

While a certain unnamed Tribune Review columnist has been a frequent focus of the Watch Tower, kudos go out to Scott Brown for getting this information on the record.

Roethlisberger’s been available to the media because of a youth football camp he is sponsoring, and the Post-Gazette’s Ray Fittipaldo took advantage and wrote a story about the Steelers “stealth” off season workouts. Yet, Fittipaldo got no information in the injury. ESPN did a newswire story which referenced the Tribune Review’s.

This is not the first time Scott Brown has out-hustled his rivals at the larger Post-Gazette, nor is it likely to be the last.

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