Injury doesn't change Roethlisberger's rank
December, 3, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
I'm not exactly sure what's going on with the valuable and currently injured right foot of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but I didn't take this situation into much account when updating my Week 13 rankings on Friday morning. At first it was announced Roethlisberger had a sprained foot, then the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the fifth metatarsal was broken, then the team said there was no new fracture but rather aggravated scar tissue at the site of an old injury. Regardless, there doesn't seem to be a major question about his availability for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
I ranked Roethlisberger seventh at quarterback earlier in the week and, for now, will stick with that. I couldn't help but notice his staff rank dropped a few spots, to where his overall rank is now behind Eli Manning, Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel. Colleague Matthew Berry discussed Roethlisberger in his love/hate column and focused on the tough matchup. I see that as somewhat an impediment to a big statistical performance. Now we've got a foot that is hurting, too.
Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesThere are conflicting reports about Ben Roethlisberger's foot, but no matter what, it appears he will play this week.