Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is back jogging again. Well, sort of.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, guard Ramon Foster confirmed that Roethlisberger jogged off the practice field at the conclusion of Thursday’s practice. Hey, it’s a start, right?
So, why did Foster have to confirm it? Because the media is required to get it from a player instead of reporting injury updates like that first-hand is my best guess.
While Roethlisberger certainly isn’t expected to play Monday night against the San Diego Chargers, or in the Week 6 game against the Arizona Cardinals, the fact that his left MCL sprain and bone bruise seem to progressing well gives hope that might be able to return to action in Week 7 for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
During his Tuesday radio show, Roethlisberger refused to put any sort of timetable on a possible return. Additionally, he referred to major media reports from last week suggesting that he would possibly be back for the Chiefs game as pure speculation on their part.
The media speculation is probably a result of Roethlisberger never missing more than three games in a row because of football injury so far during his career. Nearly 10 full years ago, Roethlisberger suffered a hyperextended left knee and a bone bruise late in a Week 5 Monday night road game against the Chargers. That injury resulted in him missing the following week’s game. However, after his next two starts, he needed a minor surgery on his left knee and that resulted in him sitting out the team’s next three games. He ultimately returned to action in Week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts and the 2005 season ended with the Steelers winning their fifth Super Bowl championship.