But this isn't a concern for many reasons, especially when it comes to Roethlisberger, who has a knack for playing better when he's hurt. The Steelers are on a bye, but Roethlisberger said he would play this week if there was a game.
It's easy to believe Roethlisberger would play this Sunday because he continued to play with the injury against the Bengals. He noticed the injury during the second half and didn't miss a snap. He was 7 of 11 for 70 yards after halftime, although all of his passes except one were short tosses. His longest pass was an overthrown ball to an open Mike Wallace.
This thumb injury is also not a new one. He wore a protective sleeve over it in previous seasons, and he'll probably do the same when the Steelers play at Kansas City on Nov. 27.
It's an injury that seems awfully minor compared to Roethlisberger's other ones as well as the pains suffered this weekend by other NFL quarterbacks. Houston's Matt Schaub (right foot) and Kansas City's Matt Cassel (throwing hand) could be done for the season, and Philadelphia's Michael Vick (two broken ribs) is considered questionable for Sunday's game.