The team didn't issue an injury update before leaving Friday, saying none is required by the NFL during the preseason. No one with the team, however, has indicated that the injury was more than minor.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has declined to discuss the injury, which the Super Bowl champions have described only as being to Roethlisberger's foot. Trainers looked at the back of Roethlisberger's foot after he was hurt, an indication the injury might be to his Achilles' tendon, heel or his ankle.
Roethlisberger wore an ice pack on the back of his foot for the rest of the practice, but he didn't leave the field for treatment and, despite limping badly, joined in the end-of-practice huddle at midfield.
Even after being hurt, Roethlisberger served as a third-base coach during the traditional end-of-camp offense vs. defense softball game Thursday night.
Teammates also gave no sign that the injury concerned them, and some even yelled at Roethlisberger in jest for leaving the practice field on a golf cart.
"But you never like to see your quarterback hurt," said Starks, who was shoved into Roethlisberger by linebacker James Harrison as the first-team offense practiced against the starting defense.
Roethlisberger led the Steelers to their second Super Bowl victory in the last four years last season. He played just two series in the Steelers' first preseason game Aug. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals and, before he was hurt, wasn't expected to play more than 15 plays against the Redskins.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press