By Mike Bires
Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports
LATROBE _ Ben Roethlisberger gave the Steelers quite a scare Thursday afternoon. But the bottom line is that the injury to the star quarterback’s right foot is not serious.
He will, however, probably be held out of Saturday’s pre-season game against the Washington Redskins.
“He just got his heel stepped on,” said one of the team trainers. “He’ll be fine.”
“Oh, it just feels great. It feels like a car ran over it,” Roethlisberger would say about 20 minutes after his injury when he approached team president Art Rooney and personnel director Kevin Colbert along a sideline of the practice field.
Roethlisberger was injured while trying to throw a pass during an 11-on-11 team drill.
Left tackle Max Starks appeared to have stepped on Roethlisberger’s right foot as he blocked outside linebacker James Harrison.
At first, it appeared Roethlisberger was seriously injured. He was laying on his back and grimacing in pain as trainers attended to him.
Roethlisberger’s ankle was wrapped with ice and he watched the rest of practice while seated on a portable water cooler.
As practice ended, Roethlisberger removed the ice bag from his leg and walked on his own power, although he was limping noticeably.
Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t address Roethlisberger’s injury. But Dave Lockett, the Steelers’ communications director, said, “Someone stepped on his foot, and we don’t have any updates other than that.”
Lockett would not speculate if Roethlisberger will miss Saturday’s preseason game against the Redskins in Landover, Md. It’s unlikely, however, that he would risk playing with a sore foot.
“(Ben) said he doesn’t remember too much of what happened on the play,” said Starks, who talked with Roethlisberger in the final minutes of practice. “I imagine he got tripped up and fell down. I’m not sure if it was me or who it was. We’ll see.”
Roethlisberger was injured in the final practice of camp.
The Steelers break camp Friday after a light morning walk-through that will serve as the final tune-up for Saturday’s game against the Redskins.