Ben Roethlisberger will play for Steelers despite fractured finger
For the second consecutive day Friday, Ben Roethlisberger made it through a full Pittsburgh Steelers practice. Despite a fractured index finger on his left (non-throwing) hand, the quarterback will play in Sunday’s AFC North showdown at the Baltimore Ravens.
Receiver Antonio Brown said he didn’t notice anything different about Roethlisberger after he suffered the broken finger in the first half of last week’s win against Cleveland or in practice Thursday or Friday. As is customary, the 36-year-old took off Wednesday’s practice.
“This guy’s a warrior,” Brown said.
The finger is the second injury to an extremity Roethlisberger has suffered this season. Neither has caused him to miss any game action, though Roethlisberger said an elbow bruise suffered in Week 1 did temporarily cause him to alter his throwing motion.
Roethlisberger did not speak to reporters this week. When he spoke on his Tuesday 93.7 FM radio show, it had not been revealed his finger had been broken.
Roethlisberger confirmed to ESPN he wore a glove on his left hand during practice; the ESPN report said Roethlisberger has a splint on his fractured finger he has the option to wear Sunday.
“Ben’s a tough guy. He’s been through a lot,” Brown said. “He’s got a big file in that regards. He’s one of the toughest to ever do it. You don’t see him complaining.”
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