Steelers' Roethlisberger might miss Tennessee game
HOUSTON — The last player out of the visiting locker room late Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium was the Steelers' most important one.
And it didn't bode well that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger limped to the shower after a 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans, limped back to his locker, had crutches dropped off to him and answered questions with his left foot in a walking boot.
Roethlisberger, who was scheduled to have an MRI on the foot, said he doesn't know if he will play Sunday against the visiting Tennessee Titans.
The good news for the Steelers on a day that produced little of it: Roethlisberger did not re-injure the foot in which he sustained a stress fracture last season, and he said he is willing to play through pain as the Steelers try to ease their own.
"If I can be out there, I'm going to be out there," Roethlisberger said after completing 16 of 30 passes for 206 yards and one interception. "If I have to cast it up — we saw I had to do that last year — I cast up my foot for the last half of the year. If we have to do it, I'll do it."
Roethlisberger said he hurt his foot near the end of the game but that it didn't happen on the final drive when outside linebacker J.J. Watt hit him in the lower leg and drew a roughing-the-passer penalty that wiped out a Texans interception.
Roethlisberger said he hurt his foot on the Steelers' second to last series of the game.
Playing behind a patchwork offensive line — the Steelers were missing left tackle Jonathan Scott (knee) and right guard Doug Legursky (shoulder) — Roethlisberger took a beating.
The Texans sacked him five times — six if you count a Connor Barwin takedown that resulted in a lost fumble in the first quarter but was nullified by an illegal-contact penalty.
Roethlisberger, however, took the blame for the loss and said he needed to play better for his linemen, not vice versa.
"I wanted to step up and make plays, and I didn't do that today," Roethlisberger said.
Steelers vs. Texans 10/ 2⁄11
Houston defeats the Steelers, 17-10, Sunday October 2, 2011 at Reliant Stadium.