According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will wear a plastic protective mask over his face on Sunday when they host the Cincinnati Bengals. You may or may not remember that Big Ben was handed a broken nose by the Ravens last Sunday night.
Roethlisberger had surgery this week to repair the nose, but will still need the added protection obviously.
“I’m sure there’s going to be some level of discomfort,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “I don’t think it’s going to keep him out of football in any form or fashion.
“You know, he’s a competitor. I think I even said it after the game we expect that from him. Not that it goes unappreciated; we just expect that from him. He expects that from himself. He’s our quarterback. AFC North football is competitive. The series against the Ravens is a competitive one. No one’s going to leave that stadium extremely comfortable, on either side. We understand what playing those guys is about. He delivered for us.”
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And don’t forget the guy also has a broken foot. He’ll be wearing a special shoe with metal plates in it to help him with that. Say what you want about Roethlisberger (rapist, etc), but he’s nobody’s Nancy.