PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger left Heinz Field on Monday with his sprained right shoulder in a sling. When he’ll walk back in ready to play is anybody’s guess.
Tomlin called Pittsburgh’s franchise quarterback questionable but otherwise offered little detail Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Roethlisberger was pounded into the ground by Kansas City Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 16-13 overtime victory.
He is being evaluated, Tomlin said. Obviously this injury puts his participation in the questionable category for this week.
Roethlisberger left the game and went to the hospital to for an MRI exam. He underwent more tests Tuesday to determine the severity of the sprain to the sternoclavicular (SC) joint in his throwing shoulder.
If Roethlisberger can’t play, the Steelers (6-3) will start Byron Leftwich.
Ex-TE accused of assaulting Solo
Former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested in Seattle on suspicion of assaulting U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo a day before their planned wedding day, according to police and court records.
A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault. He was arrested early Monday for fourth-degree domestic violence assault but wasn’t charged.
Around the league
The Bears have signed veteran backup quarterback Josh McCown with Jay Cutler’s status for this week uncertain after his concussion Sunday. A grand jury in Houston has dismissed a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after hearing from the running back and other witnesses.