The plan for Ben Roethlisberger to get a few weeks rest after suffering a mid-foot sprain didn't last long.
Backup Ben took the field after just two series, when starter Landry Jones suffered an ankle injury. Roethlisberger's injury, suffered in Week 9, was supposed to force him out at least a couple weeks. Preferably Pittsburgh would have kept him on the shelf through the team's bye to ensure he was healthy for the stretch run.
"I drink a lot of milk," the QB quipped. "I kind of surprised myself and everybody because I was in a boot all Monday. My foot was basically black and blue and it's more than just me. The training staff ... doctors, everybody. We were tireless in our rehab and trying to get ready, so like I said, it was a day-by-day process and I was just telling coach how I felt."
Roethlisberger threw for 379 yards on 33 passes with three touchdowns and one interception.
We've come to expect miraculous injury recoveries from Roethlisberger, who has gritted through pain throughout his career. On Sunday, he dressed just in case the Steelers needed him. They did. He starred.
"I'm not gonna practice for a while," he said. "We've got a couple of weeks off, so we'll see how it feels tomorrow. When the adrenaline wears off, it may start hurting. I don't feel like I did anything to hurt it any worse. It got stepped on; that hurt. ... I don't think I'll be limited going forward."