Ben Roethlisberger got an injury on his left knee yesterday during N.F.S week 3. Immediately after the incident, he was declared out and was replaced by Michael Vick.
The degree of the injury has not been determined. However, after the game, Coach Tomlin said that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was being examined.
The extent of the injury has yet to be determined, but Coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that Roethlisberger was being evaluated.
The Steelers won the game 12-6, but if Roethlisberger would not play for the most of the season, it will be Pyrrhic win.
Before Roethlisberger got injured, the Steelers were leading 9-3. Rams Safety Mark Baron ran toward Roethlisberger whose knee looked hyperextend. He remained on the ground for quite an extended time before he was taken off the playing ground on a cart. He was taken into the locker room to undergo further testing.
“I tripped over a player’s feet and hit his leg on my way down,” Baron reported after the game when it was asked what had happened on the play.
If the hit is determined to be an unlawful play, it will have consequences for Baron. No penalty was called and Tomlin said he did not have a problem with the play. However, officials of the league will have to determine if he broke the rule that states:
“A rushing defender is not allowed to forcibly hit the knee area of a passer who has one or both legs on the ground. It is not a violation of the rule if the defender is blocked and has no chance to avoid the passer.”
Vick, who was Jets player in the last season, was signed in to backup Roethlisberger. Vick, a former Pro Bowler, has no winning record for the last five years. When he was signed in, it was uncertain if he would offer enough production to clear up his complicated legal history.