Positive Sign as Ben Roethlisberger Practices Friday
Ben Roethlisberger pulled on a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey and threw the football at practice Friday, Darrius Heyward-Bey said.
The Steelers’ star quarterback has been a sprained AC joint and what he said were torn ligaments in his right shoulder since being slammed to the Paul Brown Stadium turf by Vontaze Burfict in Pittsburgh’s Wild Card win over the Cincinnati Bengals last Saturday.
As of Wednesday morning Roethlisberger hadn’t thrown a football since, but Friday marked the first time players said he did as the Steelers held their final practice before Sunday’s 4:40 p.m. divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos.
Roethlisberger is listed as questionable for Sunday.
It comes as a big boost for a team that, until Friday, was giving the vast majority of its first-team reps to Landry Jones and is going to face the top defense in the NFL without Antonio Brown or DeAngelo Williams.
“I was not surprised, but he looked good. It didn’t look like it was bothering him much,” Steelers fullback and tight end Will Johnson said.
During the individual portion of practice Friday, Will Johnson said Roethlisberger threw just about every route in the team’s route tree, including deep digs and corners.
He said he did not see Roethlisberger throw a go route, but that the plan all week was to have the quarterback rest, throw Friday and try to rest up for Sunday.
Said Heath Miller, of Roethlisberger practicing: “I would imagine that’s a positive sign for us.”