Ben Roethlisberger has an unexpected homework assignment during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ bye week: protecting a fractured right thumb.
Roethlisberger injured the thumb on his throwing hand sometime during Pittsburgh’s 24-17 win over Cincinnati on Sunday. He’s not sure when it happened, only that he noticed it while coming out for the second half.
“It was hard to determine it on the sideline, but we did all the tests (Monday), and it’s fractured in there,” Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger didn’t miss a snap as the Steelers improved to 7-3. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 70 yards in the second half, including 4 for 4 during the winning drive in the third quarter.
“Squeezing the ball is the hardest part, but it’s a good thing that I had a glove on it because that helps gripping it a little bit,” he said.
This isn’t the first time Roethlisberger has played with a broken thumb. He suffered a similar injury in 2005, though it didn’t prevent him from leading the Steelers to their fifth Super Bowl title.
Tebow’s foundation building hospital in Philippines
The Tim Tebow Foundation and CURE International are teaming up to build a children’s hospital in the Philippines, where the Denver Broncos quarterback was born.
The Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City on the island of Mindanao, a particularly poor area of the Philippines, will be a 30-bed surgical facility focusing on orthopedics.
Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and his status for the team’s game at Denver on Thursday night is uncertain. … Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said cornerback Antoine Winfield will have surgery on his fractured clavicle Thursday and will miss the rest of the season. … The Redskins placed receiver Leonard Hankerson and defensive end Kedric Golston on injured reserve and re-signed receiver Donte’ Stallworth and defensive end Darrion Scott. Hankerson tore the labrum in his right hip and Golston injured a pair of knee ligaments in Sunday’s 20-9 loss to Miami.
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