September 21 (WNN) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was linked to the team’s injury report on Tuesday with a left pectoral injury.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he was unsure when the veteran quarterback suffered an injury during Sunday’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
“I don’t know specifically when Ben got injured in the game,” Tomlin told reporters. “I don’t know if he does. You know, sometimes in the midst of competition, adrenaline and so forth, you just don’t know. Sometimes things just come later.”
Roethlisberger was sacked just twice, though he was hit 10 times in the Steelers’ 26-17 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
“He took too many hits,” Tomlin said. “We can run the ball better. We can get the ball out of his hand quicker. We can stay on schedule and not get behind sticks and get into situations where the line of play is so far away.” That it gets crowded.”
The Steelers’ injury woes have extended beyond 39-year-old Roethlisberger. Four Steelers players are battling groin injuries, including standout pass rushers TJ Watts and Alex Highsmith.
Linebacker Devin Busch and cornerback Joe Haden are also battling groin ailments, which caused them to miss Sunday’s game.
“I’m not making any hard statements about the availability of any of these people because the degree of injury changes, the prognosis,” Tomlin said. “And the man himself changes the forecast. We’ll give people who are close enough to help practice. We’ll give them a chance to practice during the week.
“And if they do practice, we will let that be a guide for us in terms of the quality of that practice or how much they practice and their potential participation. Some more established players may play at less preparation than others. .. There are a lot of variables in the game, but don’t be overly concerned about it. That’s the criterion we go by week in and week out.”
Tomlin also noted that nose tackle Tyson Alulu was placed on injured reserve with an ankle fracture. Alulu had surgery for the injury on Monday. Pittsburgh promoted defensive lineman Henri Mondo from the practice team to replace Alulu.
Meanwhile, Steelers wide receiver Dionte Johnson injured his knee in the final game of Sunday’s game against Las Vegas. Tomlin was optimistic about his position going forward.
“He is looking better, but not to be confused with great,” said the coach. “We will follow him and his health as we get through the week.”
The Steelers are set to play AFC North rivals Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on Sunday.