Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Wake-up: Talking Roethlisberger's injury
By Jamison Hensley
PITTSBURGH -- The major storyline from the Steelers' Monday night win is the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The extent of his injury will affect the Steelers' championship aspirations. Here is what others are saying about Roethlisberger's right shoulder injury:
ESPN's Adam Schefter: Steelers have been told that Roethlisberger has a sprained shoulder, although it could turn out to be separated.
Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole: Two sources indicate that Roethlisberger has a separated shoulder. "There's a lot to be figured out and we probably won't know anything definitive until the morning, but that's what the [Steelers] team doctor said," a source said. In addition, one source indicated that the injury is "unusual," although it's unclear if that is good or bad news.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora: Based on what he's hearing from Roethlisberger's teammates, La Canfora is reporting that it sounds like Steelers preparing to be without him at least a few weeks.
Here is the rest of your wake-up call:
RAVENS: Head coach John Harbaugh indicated he was surprised when he first saw two games against Pittsburgh in three weeks, but he eventually accepted it as this year’s scheduling “quirk.” Harbaugh told reporters Monday, via the team's official website: “I think it’s the best week of the year because it’s where we feel our most comfortable probably. You know it’s a defining type of a rivalry. It means so much to both teams. So, we like being in this week, we love playing these guys, we love the preparation for these guys, so I’d say it’s the best week of the year -- both of them.”
BENGALS: Rookie third-round draft pick Mohamed Sanu is pushing for more time at the No. 2 wide receiver position for a Bengals team in need of a playmaker. In Sunday's win over the Giants, he caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. Sanu, who participated in 61 percent of the offensive snaps, also ran for a first down. “I feel like these past couple of games when your number is called you got to make a play, you got to move the chains,” Sanu told CBS Sports. “We need those second-down, third-down conversions to keep drives alive.”
BROWNS: Wide receiver Greg Little brought back a message from the bye week. It came from his lunch with Alonzo Mourning, the Miami Heat's Vice President of Player Programs who heard about Little from a mutual friend of theirs and thought he could help. "The message he gave to me is 'what are you willing to give up to win?'" Little told reporters, via The Plain Dealer. "That's kind of the message I relayed to our team -- 'what are you willing to sacrifice to finish this season out like we really want to?'" Little, who had engaged in a Twitter war with fans, has taken Mourning's advice and has stopped posting on his social media account.