TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Steelers' Roethlisberger might miss Tennessee game

Steelers/NFL Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Scott Brown
Monday, Oct. 3, 2011
 

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.

Photo Galleries

Steelers vs. Texans 10/ 211

Steelers vs. Texans  10/ <sup>2</sup>⁄<sub>11</sub>

Houston defeats the Steelers, 17-10, Sunday October 2, 2011 at Reliant Stadium.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Steelers

  1. Tight ends’ role in Steelers passing game continues to lessen but players remain selfless
  2. Steelers notebook: LB Dupree sits out backs-on–backers drill
  3. Inside the Steelers: Williams’ quickness out of backfield evident in drills
  4. Steelers unfazed by Patriots quarterback Brady suspension saga
  5. Steelers’ Wheaton adjusting his game moving to slot receiver
  6. Steelers RB Archer trying to catch up after tough rookie season
  7. Inside the Steelers: Ventrone suffers right ankle injury
  8. Report: Ex-Steelers RB Bettis says he sold crack, shot at people while growing up in Detroit
  9. Steelers LB Timmons has grown into leadership role on defense
  10. Steelers notebook: Backup QB Gradkowski remains out with shoulder issue