PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a left pectoral injury in the team’s Week 2 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday.
It seems likely that Roethlisberger will be able to play on Sunday when the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals, but Tomlin warned that the injury may impact his week of practice.
“That could affect him in a preparation standpoint,” Tomlin said.
Roethlisberger did not mention the injury when speaking with the media after the game and Tomlin said he wasn’t aware of a specific play that Roethlisberger was injured on. But he did say that he feels like Roethlisberger was hit too frequently against the Raiders.
“He took too many hits,” Tomlin said. “We can run the ball better. We can get the ball out of his hand quicker. We can stay on schedule and not get behind the sticks and get in situations where the line of gain is so far that it enhances the rush.”
Roethlisberger took every offensive snap of each of the first two games, with backup quarterback Mason Rudolph as the only active player to not participate in each of the first two seasons. The Steelers also have Dwayne Haskins on the active roster, though he has been a gameday inactive in each of the first two weeks.