“I’m trying to convince Coach (Mike) Tomlin to let me be on the sidelines,” said Roethlisberger, who will not require surgery. “I’m still negotiating that with him. He has a no-crutch rule on the sideline, so if I can get rid of these, we will see what happens.
It’s typical Roethlisberger, who is a competitor and hates that he is sidelined with an MCL sprain, an injury that he doesn’t have a definite timetable that he will return from.
“I’ve been trying to talk to the doctors and trying to drink my milk to get back as fast as I can,” joked Roethlisberger. “It’s one of those things where we have to take it week-by-week. I know I’m out this week and we will reevaluate next week and go from there. There’s no way to put a timetable on it, I don’t think.”
Despite his frustration with not being able to play, he does know it could have been a lot worse.
“You’re always scared about season-ending ACL surgeries and things like that,” said Roethlisberger, who said he is still a little sore. “I felt something. What they concluded was the two bones smacked together, which caused the bone bruise. That was what I felt, the pain I felt.
Roethlisberger was injured when he was sacked by Rams safety Mark Barron, but said he doesn’t feel like the hit was dirty, but wouldn’t go as far as saying it was a legal hit.
“I don’t think it was a dirty hit,” said Roethlisberger. “I don’t think he was trying to take me out. According to the rules, it was a low hit, so it maybe should have been flagged. However, I don’t think he intentionally tried to do anything.
“I think it’s hard, because after watching it on film, the guy fell initially. It’s tough, because you have to ask a guy to try to get back on his feet and try to do something. That’s why I said I don’t think it was dirty. I don’t think he was intentionally trying to hurt me, or anything like that. I just think he was already kind of low and the best way he could go was to lunge for me.”
More from Ben:
On if there is a particular game he would like to return for:
“Yes. Thursday. But we have to be realistic and see where we go. Like I said, it’s going to be one week at a time. I want to get back as soon as I can, but we also have to be smart and not get too crazy.”
On can he play wearing a brace:
“I don’t know. I’ve never done it. I’ve been told I’m going to have to learn, so we will get ready as fast as we can. I told the doctor I would do it for a couple of weeks, but I don’t know if I can do it the whole time. We will see. I don’t want it to slow me down. I’m pretty fast.”
On if he has had this injury before:
“I’m not good with dates, but in San Diego in 2005-ish, this knee was hyperextended. I don’t know to what extent. Pretty much every player has had some sort of MCL sprain at some point. This is a little more severe than I’ve had. This is one of the worst bone bruises I’ve had. I had a hyperextension in my left knee before, but it was my good knee. So, now I’ve got two good knees.”