Big Ben Takes Lickin’, Keeps On Tickin’, And Yes, Will Play Sunday

Ben Roethlisberger may be the closest thing to Dr. Frankenstein’s monster that the NFL has ever seen. He’s big, he sort of shuffles around as if his entire body is held together by screws, he withstands hit after brutal hit. And keeps on coming back.

Well, guess what?

Roethlisberger is a-OK to go yet again, despite taking a crushing blow in Sunday’s squeaker of a win over the Dallas Cowboys.

At the time, it looked as if Big Ben suffered something serious — like a sprained knee, or maybe a torn ACL. He was sandwiched between two defenders, his legs going one way, his upper body the other, while his knee staying the same spot, bending in a manner no knee should ever bend. Roethlisberger walked gingerly back to the locker room before the first half ended.

But as he always seems to do, Roethlisberger returned in the third quarter to lead the Steelers’ dink-and-dunk offense to the first 8-0 start in franchise history.

After further testing, it was revealed Roethlisberger suffered…two sore knees.

It was then determined that, yes, he will play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Quite honestly, it should come as no surprise.

This is just the way it always goes for Roethlisberger. He’s beat up, he’s in pain, he takes the field, he produces.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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