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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger feels ‘fine, ready to go’ 3 days after rib injury |

Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger feels ‘fine, ready to go’ 3 days after rib injury

| Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:30 a.m
Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (97) sacks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday morning that he did not expect to take part in Pittsburgh Steelers practice later that day.

But, as the veteran quarterback said, “Probably a normal Wednesday for me.” Roethlisberger is one of a handful of veterans who routinely sits out one of each week’s practices.

But three days after suffering what coach Mike Tomlin termed “several rib contusions” and four days before he had to face the mighty New England Patriots, Roethlisberger told reporters he felt “fine” and “ready to go.”

Roethlisberger played coy about whether his injury would require any extra padding or protection that usual, and he ultimately did not say if he would. But as a 15-year veteran, Roethlisberger has played with bruised ribs in the past.

“(But) every situation, I think, is different,” Roethlisberger said of rib injuries. “They are not fun to deal with at times; they wake you up when you’re sleeping. But it is what it is, you just play football. Everyone in (the locker room) is dealing with something.”

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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