Ben Roethlisberger has fractured thumb

Updated: November 15, 2011, 3:25 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger has an unexpected homework assignment during the Pittsburgh Steelers' bye week: protecting a fractured right thumb.

Roethlisberger injured the thumb on his throwing hand sometime during Pittsburgh's 24-17 win over Cincinnati on Sunday. He's not sure when it happened, only that he noticed it while coming out for the second half.

"It was hard to determine it on the sideline, but we did all the tests (Monday), and it's fractured in there," Roethlisberger ...

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