Most teams would not confirm a key injury like their starting quarterback until closer to game time.
The Pittsburgh Steelers declared Ben Roethlisberger out yesterday, and head coach Mike Tomlin said it is because they are a “transparent group,” via The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin.
This isn’t the first time Tomlin has said that about the team. He said something similar last week when Roethlisberger criticized their physical practices from the summer.
“We’re a transparent group. Opinions are valued,” Tomlin said via Steelers.com. “We don’t care where good ideas come from. We are just trying to win football games.”
The goal may be to practice transparency, or maybe they were just trying to be out in front of the story. While Tomlin said Roethlisberger will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday he could be out 4-6 weeks with a meniscus tear.