Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger sidelined by rib injury but returns late vs. Raiders

Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger sidelined by rib injury but returns late vs. Raiders

Pittsburgh blew two different fourth-quarter leads and that was pretty awful, but perhaps the biggest story of the game was that the Steelers played the entire second half without Ben Roethlisberger until reinserting him with five minutes left in the game.

The running back, sitting out the 2018 season after receiving a second straight franchise tag, made sure to hit the heart button on a Steelers' Instagram post following a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

It was Boswell's second miss of the game, and it proved costly. But adrenaline kicked in and he was able to finish the half. "He got treatment, he came back out", Tomlin said of his quarterback. He said backup quarterback Josh Dobbs had already completed a series before Roethlisberger even got his shoulder pads back on.

At least one Pittsburgh Steeler seems to be taking satisfaction in the team's three-game losing streak.

But after the Steelers lost the lead, Roethlisberger returned and promptly restored it by driving the offense 75 yards downfield with another 1-yard touchdown to Smith-Schuster.

"The team, and when I say the team it's (General Manager Kevin) Colbert, it's everybody, was kind of like, "Let's let this things play out" because I think it was still the unknown of the injury". And they'll need Roethlisberger on the field to do it.

Related Articles